The animation is first and foremost a means of communication. Animators have stories to tell.

WdKA Animation Department focuses intensively on applicability and concept development, in addition to the development of the student’s craftsmanship and skills.

We encounter animation in films, television series, games, augmented reality, virtual reality, interactive applications/apps, commercials, simulations and informational films. It combines technology with narratives. There is also a wide variety of formats, from traditional 2D animation and 3D computer techniques to stop-motion and digital cut-out animation. The animation became possible by technological advances during the 19th and early 20th centuries when illusionists became filmmakers. Technological developments continue to shape this art form. Animation also has a profound influence on the ways in which societies function and communicate. The animator who is aware of these evolutionary developments also knows the future of the profession and, perhaps more importantly, is in tune with relevant developments in society.

The term ‘animation’ comes from the Latin ‘anima’, which means 'soul', 'spirit' or 'life'. Animation thus literally means ‘bringing to life’. Anyone who has ever made a simple flip book has experienced the enchantment of seeing your own drawings come to life. The animation is first and foremost a means of communication. Animators have stories to tell. The animation is thus a means rather than an end in itself.

Cover project: Hayat by Rümeysa Önal.

Knowledge & skills

  • Research and concept development
  • 2D/3D animation
  • Stop-motion techniques
  • Character and background design
  • Sound design
  • Storyboarding and scenario writing skills
  • Drawing
  • ...and more

Animation enables me to give magic powers to things.

Jan Svankmajer

Career opportunities

  • Director
  • Creative producer
  • (Character) animator
  • Motion designer
  • Concept artist for various formats (commercials, movies, tv series, documentaries, informational films, educational materials, games, interactive applications)
  • ...and more

Next to 13 majors and three Practices WdKA offers its students high-tech meeting interdisciplinary spaces - Stations. Stations are the place for creating prototypes, experimenting, remixing and improving your ideas. All of the Willem de Kooning Academy’s students and staff members are welcome to work in our Stations, regardless of their major specialisation, minor, elective module or study year. The Stations are where you can explore the viability of your ideas and find out how to turn them into fully-functioning creations.

Double Degree programme

Do you have an artistic or a musical talent, as well as a hunger for academic knowledge? You can now mix arts and academia in metropolitan Rotterdam. Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA) and Codarts offer you the possibility to combine theory and practice in a five-year Double Degree programme.

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