Summer Design Scholarships to Milan & San Diego!

Category: 3D Animation, Accessory, Animation, Architecture, Design, Fashion Design, Film / Multimedia, Fine Arts, Game Development, Gaming, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial design, Interior Design, motion graphics, Photography

Ah, summer is coming… Time to change your travel plans to add Milan or San Diego to the list of cities you are visiting this year! We are giving out two scholarships to summer design courses offered by four top universities. Yes, you get to spend your summer days soaking up one of these beautiful cities AND all the inspiration and knowledge to be gained from these great schools!

And, as usual, there’s some extra icing on this cake. On arrival, Frontier is giving you a shiny new iPad Mini* to boost your creativity — think of it as our welcome present to you. This sleek little device will slide nicely in your handbag while you are busy exploring and creating. All you need to do is have a current portfolio displayed on Frontier and fill in the online application form.

Other good news is that the already broad palette of courses on offer is getting even better. For the first time, you get access to some cutting-edge 3D animation, game design and visual effects courses from the award winning Media Design School in Milan. New Zealand’s school that has nurtured digital design professionals to bring you the magic of the biggest current Hollywood blockbusters like The Hobbit, Avatar and Tin Tin has made its way to Europe!

Whatever discipline are you interested in, we have an awesome short course for it! This unique summer collaboration of four universities (Domus Academy, NABA, Media Design School, NewSchool of Architecture + Design) cover a wide variety of areas, including:

  • Design & Architecture
  • Fashion & accessories design, fashion management
  • Digital Arts (3D, Gaming, VFX, Photography, Graphic Design)
  • Business in Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Design experiences

This is too good an opportunity to pass you by. Read about all the details here. Make sure to submit your application and make your portfolio look hot before the 2nd of May – that’s when we are closing the competition and progress to the judging phase.

Who knows…it might just be you winging your way to a foreign land, armed with a Summer Scholarship and an iPad. So get busy getting creative, spice up your portfolio.

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Domus Academy

Design and Fashion School in Milan, Italy
http://www.domusacademy.com/

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
http://www.naba.it/

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Media Design School

Premium Design Academy in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.mediadesignschool.com/

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NewSchool of Architecture + Design

San Diego, California
http://www.newschoolarch.edu/

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Advice from Valve & Weta concept artist

Category: 3D Animation, Animation, Design, Expert insight, Film / Multimedia, Fine Arts, Game Development, Gaming, motion graphics

It’s more exciting times at Media Design School, the award winning design institution in Auckland, New Zealand. Being top of the game in 3D means it has direct access to the best of the best in digital design. If it’s about movies, television or gaming, chances are Media Design School have their paws all over it, this includes inviting industry superstars in for guest lectures and studio visits. An advantage of being near to the famous Weta and Middle Earth I guess.

So as it recently happened, legend Weta concept artist Laura Dubuk visited the classrooms, taught a masterclass and left the students inspired with some awesome work and valuable advice. Laura is one of those top notch concept artists we’re all a tiny bit jealous of. Not only has she worked on some of the world’s biggest games at Valve, she now she works on super-secret blockbuster projects at Weta Digital in Wellington. With a background in traditional art, painting and some pretty amazing abstract sculptural pieces, this talented artist has managed to cover all the art bases incredibly well. Wanna see what she has to say? Well then click to read what she shared with young concept artists, students and aspiring digital designers at Media Design School over on their blog!

Frontier

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Media Design School

Premium Design Academy in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.mediadesignschool.com/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor Software Engineering (Game Programming)
Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art)
Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects)

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Who Will Conquer?

Category: 3D Animation, Film / Multimedia

This is absolutely epic and a must watch. I know that we’ve kind of missed the boat in terms of the Winter Olympics timeline, but I had forgotten to share this and when I remembered I thought, well, it’s just too amazing to not… even if the event is all done and dusted.

This incredible sequence is a promo for the BBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics. What to say apart from the fact that this is an incredible piece of work. Part live footage and part CG, Platige Image, the post house behind the job, have absolutely and completely nailed it. Full of drama, full of vast domineering mountains, full of rich dark hues and perfectly shot action, it’s a sports promo like no other. When I look at a job like this I can’t quite understand the scope of it all. There is so much work here that it’s amazing that it’s for a television channel (albeit one of the worlds largest) as it really feels like this should be made for the big screen. Even the storyboarding is astounding, and if you have any interest in that I highly suggest you click here to see it all laid out in pencil, along with some pretty impressive style frames. The creative agency behind the job Y&R, and it’s post house of choice Platige Image have really scored 100% on this one. It’s nearly impossible to fault.

Beautifully scripted, beautifully shot and beautifully realized. Whether you like sport or don’t like sport, either way, you’ve got to admit that this thing gets the pulse racing.

Im serious with this one. Turn it up, make it big and watch some incredible computer generated action.

(Right… done that? Now take a look at the making of. Just as impressive!)

Logan Bradley

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Media Design School

Premium Design Academy in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.mediadesignschool.com/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects)
Bachelor Software Engineering (Game Programming)
Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art)

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NewSchool of Architecture + Design

San Diego, California
http://www.newschoolarch.edu/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Arts in Animation
Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts

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VisionFest Video Competition!

Category: 3D Animation, Animation, Design, Film / Multimedia, Fine Arts, Illustration, Music, Photography

Are you into creating moving images? Do you want to travel and get exhibited?

15-60 seconds of awesomeness packaged into a short video is all you need to enter the Frontier VisionFest competition. Keen? Well you should be, the grand prize will blow your mind – an all inclusive scholarship with flights to ArtFest, Santa Fe in the U.S of A! ArtFest is three weeks of creative wizardry with workshops held by international experts, covering multiple disciplines in art and design. This is your ultimate opportunity to travel and grow as and artist / designer.

On top of this the best work will be exhibited at the Outdoor Vision Fest, a series of events with environmental and interactive projections around the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Add this to your resume!

Sounds like a dream? Well it’s not, so get to work!

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Studio Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Arts
Creative Writing and Literature Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Arts
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Moving Image Arts (Film/ Video)
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Contemporary Music
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Photography
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre Design
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre Performance

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The Death of an Insect

Category: 3D Animation, Animation, Film / Multimedia, Fine Arts, motion graphics


Mesmerising, beautiful, haunting, magical…Only some of the adjectives you may utter upon viewing this short film. Please do not be put off by the title. Yes, the video is moody and dark, but in the best way possible! Trust me. Though, if bugs make you squeamish, beware – you are about to come face to face with some magnified critters.

Death of an Insect premiered at the 67th Venice Film Festival in 2010, but the full version appeared on Vimeo more recently, after being screened at over 50 festivals around the world. The creators are Finnish pair Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen, with music by Joonatan Portaankorva. Together they operate as film production company Pohjankonna Oy. They have also created several documentary shorts which push the boundaries of the genre and are a worth a watch, you can find them on their website.

Death of an Insect is undoubtedly the most striking of their films, and I would imagine the most complex to make. I am no expert in animation, 3D or visual effects technologies and normally prefer “old-school” hand-drawn, stop-motion or model animation. Let’s not forget that Vladislav Starevich’s 1912 classic “The Cameraman’s Revenge” used stop-motion to animate insects a century ago. However, this short film seamlessly blends traditional techniques and innovative technology. Photography, a 3D-modelling x-ray scanner, After Effects, Modo, stop-motion, Syntheyes – this mix of tools and techniques must have required extensive experimentation and play to get right! The outcome feels like an eerie blend of vintage footage and a strange, insect-infested apocalyptic future. Watch it now, if you haven’t already!

Check out the making-of clip on their Vimeo channel, and a comprehensive series of posts detailing the creative process here.

Anna Tokareva

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Media Design School

Premium Design Academy in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.mediadesignschool.com/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art)
Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects)
Bachelor of Media Design (Graphic Design, Interactive, Motion Graphics)

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Arts
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Moving Image Arts (Film/ Video)

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
http://www.naba.it/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Art in Media Design and Multimedia Arts
Masters of Art in Film and New Media

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NewSchool of Architecture + Design

San Diego, California
http://www.newschoolarch.edu/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Moving Image Arts (Film/ Video)

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