Bayan Academy’s Technical and Livelihood Center, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC), recently completed its technopreneurship course in 2D and 3D Animation NC III in Quezon City.
The four-month program for 2D animation and five-month program for 3D animation aim to equip aspiring animators with the skills essential to their success and critical to ongoing efforts to boost job creation in the animation industry.
Fifty graduates received their certificates of completion from Bayan Academy for completing 840 and 1,040 hours of classroom training in the 2D and 3D Animation NC III courses, respectively. They also finished at least 120 hours of internship, which included project immersion.
One of the scholars is 21year-old Pamela Ladrillo, who is currently employed by a local animation studio.
“I learned a lot from my training and while it is uncommon to find women animators, I’m confident that I can compete among the best in the industry…,” Ladrillo said.
For Marlon Rapsing, the course helped him fast-track his career in animation. He is now with Tycoon Animation as a junior animator along with five former trainees.
Six other graduates of the program are now 2D and 3D animators in Dreamlords Digital, a studio based in Las Vegas and Manila.
Marissa Cassica resigned from her previous job to pursue her passion. She was then accepted as an artist and production officer at SGNFX, an integrated in-house design and manufacturing company. After three months, she was promoted to operations division head.
With the support of Bayan Academy, some of the freelance graduates are in the process of forming an animators’ guild that will offer their creative services to industries offering jobs in animation and visual effects. One example is Philip Anthony Gaspar, awarded as the best 3D animator of the batch, who has been rendering services to online clients and continues to develop game applications.
According to a study conducted by Bayan Academy, the scholars are mostly millennials who strive for recognition and are committed to improving their craft.
As part of Bayan Academy’s efforts, Technology and Livelihood Education teachers are encouraged to participate to equip them with the necessary entrepreneurial knowledge to teach senior high school students. They will also be invited to join the Teachers’ Training in Technopreneurship, a program that is also supported by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, in order to have access to Bayan Academy’s bayanlearningsystem online learning platform on entrepreneurship.