Toon Boom Animation have named Arts University Bournemouth as the first UK Centre for Excellence.

AUB has been recognised as a powerful incubator for preparing graduates for the animation marketplace.

The Toon Boom Centre of Excellence program recognises key academic institutions that contribute, at an exceptional level, to the teaching of the latest industry techniques and technology in storyboarding and animation.

“Being recognized as a Toon Boom Centre of Excellence demonstrates that the AUB approach to teaching animation directly engages students with an industry model of working – one of the many key strengths of our course,” said Peter Symons, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Animation Production.

BA (Hons) Animation Production students have worked with Framestore on the film Gravity, with many students continuing to work for the company after their studies. Students have also gone on to to work for various UK studios including, Aardman Animations, Nexus Productions and Lupus Films.