RE:ANIMA is oriented towards an international dimension of the industry and the profession. It envisions the creation of an international community of animators who make diverse connections and create a network for future career endeavours. RE:ANIMA is fully taught in English and strives for establishing a high-level profile and a network of global connections, namely via the involvement of international professionals in the programme, including experts from international production companies. With the combination of the students’ individual learning trajectory and a broad, multicultural orientation, RE:ANIMA assumes a unique presence in Europe, and strongly intersects with the needs of the animation film industry. Students will become familiarized with three entirely different locations, both culturally and industry-wise, and will be continuously motivated to broaden their cultural horizon. This will provide them not only with a varied palette of skills in animation filmmaking, but also with an international network and orientation, which is invaluable in a sector where international co-production is at the heart of the industry.
The integration of different forms of expanded animation into the programme is a new curricular feature which does not exist in traditional animation programmes that are usually oriented towards short film production with a narrow focus and specialization in animation techniques. RE:ANIMA acknowledges and fosters the importance of using animation outside the film and TV series formats, hence the fact that live animation, VR and visualization are considered essential in the programme. RE:ANIMA will dedicate a semester to the use of various animation techniques in documentary production, while other semesters focus on fiction formats (film and TV) and experimental uses of animation. This broad understanding of the field opens unbounded possibilities to the students in terms of their graduation projects. The first semester, to be taught in Genk, will focus on fiction and narrative, the second one in Helsinki, on experimental animation and visualization and the third one, in Lisbon on documentary. During the fourth semester, students will move to the school that hosts the area in which their thesis project focused on. Alongside these specialized applications, there will be a constant focus on an expanded use of animation techniques independently of the formats at stake.