The CSATTF Skills Training Grant Program

The Animation Academy is certified by the CSATTF Skills Training Grant Program sponsored by IATSE which is the union for the entertainment industry. If you're a member of The Animation Guild Local 839 ( the union for the animation industry ), or locals 706, 800 or 892, you are eligible for reimbursement of 2/3rds of your tuition upon completion of your class with us. Contact your union local for details.

The Animation Guild - Local 839 -
Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild - Local 706 -
Art Directors Guild - Local 800 -
Costume Designers Guild - Local 892 -

We're 17 Years Old Today

Sharing the happiness on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the first session of The Animation Academy in Burbank California on January 19 1998.

Welcome to 2015

The Animation Academy in Burbank California is a unique educational program based upon a professional workshop structure. We specialize in developing artistic talent as it applies to animation in areas such as Character Design, Visual Development / Production Design, Intellectual Property Development and other areas integral to the modern animation community. We emphasize the importance of strong fundamental skills and in building a solid artistic foundation essential to a successful creative career in animation and related fields.

Whether you're preparing your portfolio, or you're a working professional looking to sharpen your skills, or you have a project that you'd like to develop independently, or you just love to create and learn new things, we'll be happy to discuss your situation. We accept new student enrollment on a monthly basis. Feel free to contact the Academy and see if our program is right for you.

Ryan Khatam's "Johnny Rocketfingers 3" on Kickstarter - Jan 19 2015

One of the things we strongly encourage at The Academy is developing personal projects that can be crowdfunded. Many artists have used this method with great success including several of our past students. Ryan Khatam has been developing a video game franchise using a hand drawn approach for the production. His third installment of "Johnny Rocketfingers" is now on Kickstarter. Follow the link below to see the campaign and consider supporting Ryan's effort. You're invited to help spread the word as well through your own networks. Deadline is January 19 2015.

There's also a video on YouTube in which Ryan describes his animation process for the game.

Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome to The Animation Academy!

We've redesigned our website with a new format. We'll be able to bring you content of interest as well as news and updates concerning our school right on our homepage. We invite you to visit frequently and enjoy the new setup. Thank you for stopping by!

We're located in the heart of the international capital of animation. We accept new student enrollment on a monthly basis. Since 1998 The Animation Academy has been helping to empower the creative community through education. Many of our students have had great success as a result of studying with us. If you're looking for excellent training in the artistic fundamentals of animation design and development feel free to contact us!

Keep Creating !!!

Charles Zembillas
President, Director and Founder
Burbank California