The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has collaborated with the Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) to offer programme in animation. The varsity has decided to offer animation programme to meet the rising demands of animation professionals. In addition to Bachelor of Arts in 3D Animation and visual effects, the varsity is also going to offer an 18 month Diploma in Computer Generated Imagery and a six month Certificate course in Film Making. 'IGNOU will be responsible for the theoretical content and training will also be monitored by the varsity. While the faculty and the animation software will be provided by MAAC,' said Yogesh Panjanani, vice president, MAAC. The classes will be conducted at 63 MAAC centres across the country.
Curriculum for BA animation will be designed by experts from both IGNOU and MAAC. It will train students in animation skills and also impart soft skills, business and production management training, and an orientation to student on an actual project of creation of content. Admission will be offered on the basis of performance in the entrance test followed by an interview. Students will have to appear for an aptitude test to prove their computer knowledge and ability for the course. 'In the degree course, subjects like organisational behaviour and English are made mandatory. Hence, by the end of it students will be industry-ready along with the animation skills,' added Panjanani.