BA Animation and New Media

The course is unique within the Academy of Fine Art as it delivers in tandem an intensive, highly skill based programme and a studio programme which seeks to encourage a critical approach to contemporary art practice. Students are encouraged to have an active approach to their practice and a critical approach to the context which informs it. Students are encouraged do develop their work in a variety of forms, from single screen animation, to sound pieces and work in the public sphere.
The programme involves a series of modules and workshops, historical analyses of animation, experimental film, video, traditional animation and interdisciplinary and contemporary practice. The department runs numerous projects with outside partners and galleries, as well as with international partners.
There are a number of media workshops; photography, video, sound, 16 mm film, 3D animation available throughout the 3 year programme, and to MA students.

The first year
The first year consists of an intensive curriculum driven programme delivered through lectures, workshops and seminars.
The programe includes introductory level courses in video, camera, photography editing, sound recording and editing, traditional animation, life drawing, experimental film and video and new art practices. Techinical skill are acquired through developing indepenedent projects.

The second year

In the second year students continue acquiring new skills, like computer animation and film directing. They also develop a substantial body of work in response to a range of themes or specific art practices (the grotesque, performance, spectacle, , activism as well as producing a body of work in a social context – often in partnership with existing cultural producers. Students are encouraged to engage with the iwder context of arat production in Zagreb. The outcomes of each project are discussed in group seminars. At the end of the second year students have acquired the fundamental knowledge and experience needed to undertake an intense personal practice in the third year.

The third year
The third year is option based and students can chose to engage more intensively with specific disciplines or can chose to interrelate the different disciplines. The teaching is delivered through group seminars, tutorials, lectures and workshops. Students take part in organized projects but are expected to generate and organize group projects independently, organize exhibitions, seminars and workshops. There are weekly seminars for students to present their work and research. Students are encouraged to develop critical awareness of the context in which they locate their work and develop the skills to articulate and discuss their practice. Students produce a substantial body of work presented and critiqued at the final exhibition.

The third year consists of a combination of compulsory, optional and electives modules, which have to make up 30 ECTS each semester.
Compulsory modules:
Postproduction 4 ECTS
Aesthetics 2 ECTS
Art History 2 ECTS

Minimum of 3 options from the list bellow:
Multimedia Workshop 3 ECTS
Multimedia and Multidisciplinary Art 5 ECTS
Contemporary Art Practice 5 ECTS
Computer Animation- 5 ECTS
Classical Animation 5 ECTS
Theory and Aesthetics of Animation 2 ECTS

There is a wide range of elective courses delivered by the different departments across the academy ranging from sculpture, printmaking, painting, to cultural practices and contemporary theory.

Foreign and exchange students
Foreign and exchange students are encouraged to chose from courses across the Academy. The Academy offers impressive studio spaces in the Sculpture and Painting departments , as well as outstanding facilities in the Printmaking department. Studio practice can be organized across the departments to suit the curriculum of the incoming student. Foreign and exchange students are included in all the projects the department may be running. Foreing and exchange students can also benefit from the relatively small sizes of groups – 10 students on average.