The Jumbla Academy Experience

  • 15 weeks of in-studio experience
  • 2 internships awarded per semester
  • Max 12 students per class
  • Guidance from some of Australia’s best animators
  • Your bridge from uni to full-time work
  • Upskill your internal staff (or yourself!) to produce professional animation


Finding it hard to break into the animation industry? You’re not alone. Gain the confidence and hard skills to get your showreel job-ready and land your dream role with some help from the crew at Jumbla.

Spots for our January 2018 Academy intake are starting to fill fast. Make sure you don’t miss out…


We’re opening our doors to teach aspiring animators the tools and tricks of the trade. This course is designed to get you job ready, teaching you the skills and techniques you need to land a job in the industry.

We’ve all been through it before. The academic world can sometimes feel a little far from the real job world and knowing how to use those skills learnt at Uni in a job situation can be daunting. That’s why we invented Jumbla Academy.

We’re opening our doors and getting you ready for the workplace. Over 15 weeks, we’ll challenge you to greatly improve your skills in animation and motion graphics, teaching you everything from practical techniques to halve the time spent on projects, through to tips on polishing up projects. Everything that you’ll learn is the most current and up-to-date best practices actually used in an award winning studio environment.

This is a course for junior animators who are looking to break into the animation and motion graphics industry.

You aren’t treated as a student when you take on Jumbla Academy. We only allow seven students per class, and this isn’t because we don’t have enough room. It’s because we want you to feel exactly what it’s like working in a studio under a creative director with briefs and deadlines.

Please note that due to the course’s complex and technical nature, prospective students are strongly encouraged to consider their English language proficiency during the application process. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Emma, the Jumbla Academy Coordinator, at or 03 9023 9311.

Why take Jumbla Academy?

On completion you will have an awesome showreel

You have the opportunity to:

  • Learn great technical skills
  • Network within the industry
  • Receive your own industry mentor
  • Update your design techniques
  • Improve your showreel to get noticed by employers
  • So much more!


You’ll get all the training and tips you need to make a sick showreel using all your own original content. You’ll also rub shoulders and be mentored by some of the best in the industry.

After successfully completing Jumbla Academy, you’ll possess an unparalleled view into the animation and motion graphics world and have in-studio real world experience guaranteed to take your CV up a couple of levels.

Learn from Australia’s leading short-form animators


Jumbla Studios 2017 Showreel


At the heart of it, it’s really all about making sure we love what we do so we can keep the creativity pumping and all have a bit of fun along the way.

Our studio is all about being relaxed, fun and creative. It’s kind of like working from home, except you’ve actually bothered to hang all your cool artwork and get a bunch of indoor plants to make it look pretty. Here, you get to be with your mates everyday, and there’s free coffee, beer and fruit!

From the moment you walk in you’ll know this isn’t your standard work space. The music will be the first giveaway here – we’ve got Spotify pumping out a carefully curated selection of sweet tunes all day because, you know, mouse clicks and keyboards sound pretty boring. In-between class you can chill out in the games corner on PS4 or Xbox, or play some table tennis with Jumbla colleagues and students.

Each student will be mentored by an industry expert

Each student is paired up with one of our incredible creatives in order to help you get the best possible teaching experience. Our mentors are Jumbla animators and motion graphics artists with years of experience, creating work for big brands on a daily basis.

Let’s break it down

  • 240 hours of in-studio classes
  • In-studio training
  • Real world projects
  • All software and hardware ready for you
  • Table tennis breaks
  • Work with and meet people in the industry
  • Hands on training and feedback
  • Mentoring program with Jumbla staff
  • Unlimited use of the Jumbla computers during business hours throughout the duration of your course

Course guide

This course is designed to make you go from university to job in 15 weeks. It can often be hard to land that first job and get into the industry so our course is designed to help improve your skills and make you job ready.



Adobe Illustrator example

Week 1

Get into the studio, meet the Jumbla team, your tutor and mentor, and get settled down at your new part-time home for the next 3 months. Delve into Illustrator and learn about character design.


Week 2

A refresher course on design elements and principles, as well as colour theory and typography. Put that knowledge to the test with a style frame design exercise in Illustrator.


Week 3

Time to put those art skills to work as we get up to speed on Photoshop. Get the inside scoop on the studio's workflow for texturing vector assets.


Week 4

It's time to animate! Get a comprehensive first look at After Effects as we tackle how we make things move using the Principles of Animation. We deconstruct the almighty graph editor and bend it to our will.



Week 5

We rig up our characters and start animating some a walk cycles. We then move onto tackling scene transitions and how we can use them to create super dynamic motion.



We look a little closer at After Effects and have a play with its most popular plugins. Animate a style frame and spend a whole day learning the ins and outs of Element 3D.

W 7 - 12

Week 7 - 9

This is where the fun really starts - this week, you start your own project working on character animation. Learning how to produce style frames, mood boards, storyboards and of course animation.

Week 10 - 12

Over these three weeks, you’ll be given brief number two: design-based animation. Use After Effects to create a typographic and motion based animation of studio quality.

week 13 - 15

Week 13 - 14

The final project; pool all that you’ve learnt into creating a short title sequence, as defined by a provided brief. Set out to impress by choosing from a variety of genres.


Week 15

In the final week, our Creative Director will host a Q&A session, giving you the unique opportunity get advice and guidance from one of the best in the industry. Our Head of Production will also join in, providing invaluable insight into the industry’s hiring and production processes, and tips on what employers are looking for in a great animator. In the last week, you’ll also have a chance to revisit your past projects to add those extra touches of polish. And finally, you’ll be editing together your all important showreel to take with you into your now brighter future!

Who’s teaching?

Professor Lahiru

will be taking the classes

As a creative manager in the Jumbla studio, Lahiru worked on everything from 2D corporate videos to car racing cinematics for the gaming industry. Lahiru was head of a junior team at Jumbla, training and developing junior animators and motion graphics artists into the superstars that they are today!


How do I apply?

Fill out the form at the bottom of the page to request an info pack. The info pack contains more information about the course and an application form.

What sort of time commitment is Jumbla Academy?

Jumbla Academy runs for 15 consecutive weeks. The course is 2 full days (9am – 5pm) per week. In order to get the best results possible from Jumbla Academy, students are expected to complete approximately 10 hours of homework each week.

When is the next semester?

The next semester will start on the week commencing 15 January 2018. It will run for 15 weeks.

Do I need any animation experience?

In order to be a successful applicant, we would like students to have some animation or creative design experience. This course will cover everything that you need to know, however, having a basic knowledge of the software and a good artistic eye will come in very handy! When applying, please include a link to any folio, showreel or creative work that you think best demonstrates your skills.

Where will the course be held?

The course will be held right in the middle of the Jumbla studios. Giving you a window into a working animation studio as well as all the benefits that come with the awesome Jumbla office (table tennis table, dog, and cool people). The offices are located at 34 Park Street, South Melbourne.

Can I take the course online?

At the moment we are very focused on a hands on experience for students in a small group. We may in the future offer an online service for Jumbla Academy. If you don’t live in Melbourne keep your eyes peeled for any changes in the future.

What do I need to bring?

Nothing. Just your skills will be enough. We will provide all the hardware and software that you will be needing. Oh actually, bring some lunch or money for lunch.

I’m already a good animator, is this course for me?

It depends. If you think your showreel is good enough to get you a job, by all means email it to, however, if you don’t hear back, then this course is for you. We are here to help you make that jump from university to an animation and motion graphics career.

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