iAcademy gets ‘Center of Excellence’ seal from US animation software firm

Technology-oriented educational institution iAcademy has become the first – and so far, the only one – in the Philippines and Southeast Asia to get an accreditation as a “Center of Excellence” of US-based animation software maker Toon Boom.

Photo shows iAcademy president and CEO Vanessa L. Tanco (left) receiving the Center of Excellence certification from Toon Boom Asia Pacific director of sales Bernard Boiteux

Some the biggest names in the global animation and entertainment industry such as Sony, Lucasfilm, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, and Nickelodeon all use the Toon Boom platform.

Getting the certification from Toon Boom means that iAcademy is fully qualified and equipped to expertly teach its animation students how to make full use of the Toon Boom platform to create world-class animation productions.

While other schools can use Toon Boom in their animation classes, they are neither certified nor qualified to use 100 percent of the platform.  These schools can only teach their students a fraction of Toon Boom’s software capabilities, officials said in a press briefing.

iAcademy officially received the Center of Excellence recognition from Toon Boom on January 17 at its new building in Makati City. Aside from iAcademy officials that included School of Design dean Mark Meily, also present at the simple recognition rites were representatives from Toon Boom.

School officials iAcademy initially did not apply for the CoE. It was Bernard Boiteux, Toon Boom Asia Pacific director of sales, who suggested the idea to apply for accreditation.

After learning that iAcademy included Toon Boom in its curriculum, Boiteux approached Peter Brown, a faculty member of Animation Department of iAcademy, to suggest that the school to get a Center for Excellence status.

The Center of Excellence seal is awarded to academic institutions that offer exceptional courses in Animation and Storyboarding with Toon Boom software as their program platform.

In its School of Design, iAcademy uses Toon Boom Harmony 16 in the Anipri (2-5), Thesis (1-3), and 2D Effects animation courses. On the other hand, iAcademy uses Toon Boom Storyboard Pro 6 in its Storyboarding (1-2) and Thesis 1 subjects.

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