A successful pathway into the animation industry begins with education, both students as well as educators. Women in Animation can only achieve the goal of 50/50 by 2025 in informing new talent how they can begin to integrate their career path far before graduation. By joining WIA’s Student Membership, a student member will gain access to industry contacts, information, and standards in their schools. Students will also have exposure to mentorship opportunities, studio tours, and live lectures given by industry professionals. WIA is determined to work with educators to demystify the pathway from the classroom to the industry by sharing resources and brainstorming what is best for your students.
WIA STUDENT CLUB
In addition to individual WIA student membership, WIA Education is very interested in working with a group of students who would like to start an official WIA student club at your university. The benefits of having your official WIA student club are countless and they include: forming your own animation community within your school, finding peers who share the same passion, and most importantly having direct contact with WIA Education for any needs you might have for guest speakers or others. Below is a list of current WIA student clubs:
- Academy of Art University San Francisco (@wia_artu)
- California Institute of the Arts
- California State University, Fullerton (@csufwia)
- Chapman University (@wia_chapman)
- Laguna College Art + Design @wia_lcad)
- Purdue University
- San Jose State University (@wia_sjsu)
- Savannah College of Art and Design (@wia_scad)
- School of Visual Arts (@wia_sva)
- Syracuse University (@wia_su)
- Texas A&M (@tamu_wia)
- University of Central Florida (@ucfwia)
- University of Texas at Austin
- University of Texas at Dallas (@wia_utdallas)
If you are interested in starting your own WIA student club, please take a moment to fill out the WIA Student Club Initial Questionnaire and contact [email protected] for any questions you might have.
WIA Scholarship is an annual award committed to furthering deserving animation students who demonstrate artist talent, a passion for animation, a financial need, and a promising future in the field of animation.
In addition to the WIA’s Scholarship Program, WIA has a growing list of external scholarship opportunities so please check out the WIA Scholarship Resources page.
- Job Board
- Mentorship Program
- Career Paths
This is a series of brief essays about individual pathways taken by an assortment of women to their careers in animation. Read these inspiring and informative stories for a look at what it took others to reach their goals for encouragement to find your own personal path into the animation industry.
CLASS OF 2020 SHOWCASE
Women In Animation Class of 2020 Showcase is a special online program celebrating the thesis/final films created by students who have graduated in 2020 at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The Class of 2020 has been heavily affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic: their traditional year-end festivities including their in-person commencement ceremonies, screening celebrations, and career fairs have all been canceled.
WIA aims to virtually recreate the opportunities that are missing for the talent and for the industry during this time. The Women In Animation Class of 2020 Showcase provides a platform for graduation films to be seen by animation powerhouses and recruiters, hiring managers, agents and studio executives, making important connections for promising new talent.
To find out more information, please check out the WIA Class of 2020 Showcase page.
WIA Education is determined to work with educators at different schools and universities to see how we can collaborate on demystifying the career path from the classroom to the industry. If you have any feedback, suggestions, and questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected].