Good Practices of the ACPCULTURES programme: ACP 3D ACTION

A new 3D animation training has been created in Senegal

The African Institute of Management set up a high level training in order to train young professionals to 3D animation.

The aim of the project was to strengthen ACP countries capacity in the field of conception and production of 3D animation. “In a market where 2D and 3D animation is expanding, ACP countries are mostly missing. The aim of the project was to strengthen ACP countries professionals abilities to produce 3D animated movies and answer to their own needs (instead of import them), but also to gain export market share following the example of what Asia did for 2D animation” Abdoulaye Falls explains, Institute deputy chief executive officer.

Started in September 2012, the African Institute of Management set up the first promotion in September 2013 after having fitted the classrooms out and bought new equipment and recruited teachers required for the training.

“For the first year, 10 students from 8 ACP countries have participated to the training and will be able to boost the 3D animation movies industry in these countries” Abdoulaye Fall explains. 

“To complete the training, we have created animated movies production studio in Dakar in order to answer to the ACP countries market needs  while making sure several students of the first year could get a job.”

We can measure results according to 3 main criteria : first of all the good material conditions required for a successful conduct of the training; the effective implementation of the programme planned and the skill level reached by each student at the end of the training; and by making sure that the main purpose of the project is achieved.

Material conditions: students’ equipment 

Each student has his own personal tablet, a 2D animation table especially made by a carpenter from Dakar and an informatic work station. Shooting and sound recording are also provided. The work station access is available 24 hours a day to allow students to work on their projects besides the class, on the evening and on the weekend.

A successful training 

In 2 years of training, students learnt a very large amount of technics. The first year was mainly focused on the 2D animation.

The second year was about 3D animation using the Maya software before approaching projects writing for the first 3D animated movie and think about the training-leaving movie.

The six following months have been dedicated to the direction of the first 3D animated movie then to final movie for the diploma.

Five 3D animated movies have been directed by team of 2 students made according their complementarity. A movie directed by the students has been shown during the Francophone Summit which took place in Dakar where it has been rewarded.

Sustainability: art animation and animation techniques

At the end of the project funded by ACPCultures+, the African Institute of Management didn’t hesitate to sustain the animation stream within his establishment. Indeed the AIM set up a new 2D and 3D animation training named “Art and Animation technics” which uses project results, basics and experience gained of the first session of the training as part of the ACP3D Action.

With this in mind, the AIM hired the trainer Malick Faye as responsible of the stream of the training. The launching campaign of the new stream benefited of a great visibility thanks to information leaflet, website, e-mailing targeted toward new potential students, TV and radio spots. More than 100 students from 14 different African countries applied to the AIM. The new training started in December 2015.

A new room has been created with 20 work stations with all the equipment required for the training (animation tables, tablets and computers)


To put it in the nutshell, the students are very promising for the training future in Africa and in ACP countries, by the quality of their works already made, by their drawing skills, their creativity, and by their enthusiasm to take part to this training.

Alioune Badara Mbaye took back his position within TV and was appointed artistic director thanks to his new skills, he is in charge of editorial line for the first channel of the country. Others students have been appealed by communication agency and production society.


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August 23, 2016
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