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February 6, 2014
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First group of animators graduate from CARIMAC
Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter

The Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies, Mona, is set to unleash its first cohort of graduates from its new cartoon- animation programme.

CARIMAC, Reel Rock GSW, a local animation company, and Toon Boom Animation Inc, a Canadian software company, came together to offer the course which started last August and ended last month.

During the six months, students faced an intensive curriculum in which they were made to create animations using the Toon Boom animation software for production.

global industry

The first graduating class is apt to provide not only the local market, but the world, with creative and fresh 2D animation offerings.

Professor Hopeton Dunn, director of CARIMAC, says there is a US$250 billion dollar global animation industry in which Jamaica is only now realising its potential.

While there is no exclusive arrangement between CARIMAC and Reel Rock GSW, he explained that the two have an agreement in which considerations is given to students who have graduated from the programme.

"We are beginning to foster the development of an animation industry in Jamaica. I have had six interactions with the students. They are very enthusiastic; many of them have seen this as the opportunity they have been waiting for. Many have suspended their registration in other programmes to participate," he explained.

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