LAIKA funding will expand animation curriculum at Portland Community College

Three new animation and stop-motion courses will be offered and a new associate’s degree is in the pipeline.

From left, PCC multimedia instructor Eric Fauske, PCC President Dr. Adrien Bennings, Chief Marketing and Operations Officer David Burke, and Production Supervisor Jesselee Kahaloa look at models from a stop-motion animation production.

“The scholarship donations and program funds will provide financial support to incoming students and equitable access to cutting edge industry tools,” said Erik Fauske, PCC multimedia instructor (far left).

Photo via PCC

Portland Community College has joined forces with LAIKA to offer new opportunities for aspiring animators and foster diversity and inclusivity within the industry.

The Hillsboro-based stop-motion animation studio pledged $60,000 to the PCC Foundation over the next two years to support the newly established LAIKA Scholarship and fund three new animation and stop-motion courses. The money will also bolster PCC’s current multimedia and video production certificate programs, as well as fund a multimedia internship.

An “Animation & Motion Graphics Program” associates degree is also in the works — though not yet approved by the state — in which industry professionals would teach a blend of traditional and digital animation techniques and skills through hands-on learning.

“Our commitment extends to nurturing film narratives that encompass a wide range of experiences and to help grow the next generation of storytellers who will carry our art form forward,” said LAIKA’s Chief Marketing and Operations Officer David Burke.