The Digital Animation Center engages their senior students in a three semester capstone series of courses in which the students must form a working animation studio with the intention of the immersing themselves in a creative collaborative work environment, obtaining real life experience in producing a film. Students are provided an outline from which they develop the story, create preproduction/previzualization assets, develop a production pipeline and complete a high-production value animated short film. The 18-month production mimics as closely as possible the production environment of the major animation studios throughout the world. Students manage the production, holding leadership positions under the mentorship of DAC faculty.
The senior short is a key aspect of the program and is what sets the DAC apart from all other programs in the country. Our senior films have now been in 233 national and international film festivals , winning 53 of those as “Best Animated Shorts”. To date I Need My Monster, the 2014 senior short has been selected as Official Selections in 115 festivals including festivals in India,, Pakistan Ukraine, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Canada, Peru, Chile, England, Indonesia, Australia and across the US. The film has now garnished 23 “Best Animated Short” awards at those festivals.