August 17, 2016: Capilano University has partnered with the Jamaican government to train animation students

      NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – With the help of Capilano University and the Jamaican government, two students from Jamaica are studying Animation Fundamentals at Capilano University this summer. 

      Initially, JoWayne McFarlane watched YouTube videos to learn animation skills. She then exhibited her talent for developing a character concept at the KingstOOn animation festival, winning tuition, airfare and living expenses to study at Capilano University. George Hay, an illustrator and graphic designer, won the prize after he displayed a flair for character development. 

      “I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been at Capilano University,” Hay says. “I’m in the right place.”

      He’s polishing cartoon concepts to pitch to animation studios.

      “It’s amazing to be taught by some of the people who worked on the shows I loved to watch when I was younger,” says McFarlane, who is preparing to apply for the 2D Animation and Visual Development diploma program at Capilano University, and elsewhere.

      Animation Fundamentals helps students build portfolios, preparing them for Capilano University’s two-year 2D and 3D animation diploma programs.

      The World Bank sees developing the animation industry as a strategy for economic development and a solution to youth unemployment in Jamaica. In 2013, the World Bank and the Canadian consulate invited Capilano University instructors Don Perro and Adam Sale, who was born in Jamaica, to share their expertise there. Students they trained subsequently became instructors in Jamaica’s animation programs. In 2015, the Jamaican government brought the pair back to Kingston to teach the teachers from five post-secondary schools. Perro and Sale returned to Jamaica to teach again this summer. As well, they spoke alongside Florian Wagner, an animation instructor in Capilano’s 2D diploma program and studio creative director at Vancouver’s Bardel Entertainment, at this year’s KingstOOn animation festival.

      “Adam and I find it very rewarding to be a part of a movement to build an animation industry in a country that is so deserving,” says Perro. “Everyone is so eager to make Jamaica a part of the international animation industry and we really feel honoured that they would choose us to contribute.”

      About Capilano University
      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University offers more than 100 programs, including 12 bachelor’s degrees, in areas as diverse as film and animation, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 11,600 students each year, 8,300 in for-credit programs and 3,300 in non-credit courses. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Lil’wat and Sechelt (shíshálh) Nations. 

      For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact: 

      Cheryl Rossi
      Senior Communications Advisor
      Capilano University
      t: 604.983.7596
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