Center for Animation
Officially established in 2010, Brigham Young University's Center for Animation is highly recommended and is one of the top animation programs in the nation. Students from this program continue to achieve excellence and produce award-winning films, turning the heads of entertainment executives from California to Cannes. The BYU animation program holds faculty members from companies including Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, and Warner Bros. These professors continue to obtain training on the best and most current technology for animation from motion picture studios and other companies such as DreamWorks, Pixar, Disney, Sony, Microsoft, Chair and General Motors.
The movement towards the Center for Animation was first started by Brent Adams, a Salt Lake City architectural designer who started commuting to Provo to teach evening classes. Shortly after he started teaching at BYU, a company in Alabama donated a significant amount of computer hardware to the university and Ira A. Fulton, a home-builder from Phoenix, Arizona purchased a supercomputer for BYU. With this new computer technology BYU started a computer animation program.
In the program's first year, well before the actual creation of the Center for Animation, the animation program won both a Student Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a Student Academy Award from the same group that hosts the Oscars. The students from the Center continue to dominate these two competitions, and in addition, they’ve won Nickelodeon’s Producers’ Choice Award, Viewers’ Choice Award and have been invited to show at festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, and Annecy.
In 2008 Ed Catmull, the President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, came to speak at the announcement of the Center for Animation. He acknowledged the success and progress of BYU's animation program, declaring that "we found that BYU has risen to the top. BYU has an extraordinary program here.They pay a lot of attention to what is going on in the areas of the entertainment industry, listen carefully, smart about what they do, and the students are really good that are coming out of here." The program was officially established in 2010.
The Center operates under the direction of three colleges: the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, the College of Fine Arts and Communications, and the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. In 2012 the Center's facilities were moved from the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology to the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, College Television Awards
(These are universally called the "Student Emmys." Emmys are a trademarked name for the regular Emmys and are not to be used for this award. The voting is by the same academy members as Emmys, same organization, etc. The award is just non-officially referred to as a Student Emmy.)
- Estefan (2013)
- Dreamgiver (2012)
- Pajama Gadiator
- Las Pinatas
- Der Ostwind
- Petshop (2005, Non-Traditional; Computer Generated)
- Faux Paw (2005, Traditional)
- Lemmings (2004, Best Animation: Non-Traditional; Computer Generated)
- The Lion and the Mouse
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Student Academy Awards
- Lemmings (2004, Bronze Award)
- The Deseret News - BYU animation students continue decade-long Emmy-winning streak (2 May 2013)
- YNews - BYU animators take home first-place 'student Emmy' for Estefan (26 April 2013)
- BYU News - BYU’s award-winning Center for Animation is on the move (31 January 2012)
- Deseret News - BYU animation receives award (7 May 2011)
- BYU News - BYU animators win 10th ‘student Emmy’ despite losing key students to movie studios (12 April 2010)
- BYU News - Two BYU films win student Academy Awards (15 June 2009)
- BYU News - Two newest BYU student animated films win 'Student Emmys' (17 March 2009)
- BYU News - Special announcement to accompany premiere of latest BYU animated film Kites (16 March 2009)
- The Salt Lake Tribune - BYU's new animation center wins high praise from Pixar president (28 March 2008)
- BYU News - Pixar president praises BYU animation program at premiere of latest short film (27 March 2008)
- KSL - BYU creating a new center focusing on computer animation (27 March 2008)
- BYU News - BYU animated short wins Nicktoons’ Viewers’ Choice and Producers’ awards (31 October 2008)
- BYU News - Newest BYU animated film wins a ‘student Emmy' (13 March 2007)
- BYU News - BYU student animations key to national Internet safety campaign (28 February 2005)
- BYU News - BYU students complete new computer-animated short film "PetShop" (13 December 2004)
- BYU News - "Lemmings" wins Student Academy Award (13 June 2004)