Panel Discussion

Staff Training in the Animation Industry: Challenges and Solutions

14:30 — 16:00
General Staff Building 6/8 Palace sq., St. Petersburg

Animation is one of the most dynamically developing areas of creative industries, which is at the intersection of creativity and technology. This innovative industry is young, though it is based on deep traditions and cultural roots. Staff training for animation is one of the key tasks needed to be solved for creating high-quality content, and until recently, it was solved exclusively by the studios themselves via opening animation courses and schools for the needs of their own production. Two departmental universities train mainly top-level staff, while for the continuous development of industrial production, mid-level specialists are required.

Recently, the situation has begun to change noticeably. The new FGOS on animation is being developed. The professional community has designed eight industrial professional standards to set requirements for educational processes. Animation departments and schools open in universities and middle-level educational institutions. Both public and private institutions offer various training programs. The current realities of lockdown have led to the emergence of various courses working mainly online, with their position reinforced. But all the activities concern only Moscow and St. Petersburg, where most of the studios are concentrated, and there is maximum demand for professional animation staff.

Another relatively new and very positive trend is determined by the interest in developing animation production and staff training systems in the regions, and the initiators are always the regions themselves.

  • What tasks are there in the field of staff training which face the animation industry?
  • How close should the connection between the educational institution and the production be?
  • What is the State's role in ensuring these processes?
  • How to launch and support the regional staff training system?

These and other issues will be discussed at the session by the heads of animation studios, representatives of the regions and educational institutions training staff for animation.