Course DurationThe course will course will run for 2 academic years (4 semesters)
- 24 contact hours per unit and an average of 7 units per semester
- Class hours 8.30am – 10.30am; 11.00am – 1.00pm; 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Mode of study: Full time – 5 semester
- Intakes: January, May, September
- Campus: Aqua Office Suites, Ngara Nairobi
- Fees: Ksh 90,000 per Term
Our programme in Animation and Motion Graphics is based on feedback from industry experts and covers essential skills and software, industry requirements and portfolio development. This course offers all you need to start your career as an animator, motion graphic designer or concept artist
The programme revolves around current industry practices, and is taught by a team of highly qualified and experienced professionals using software packages such as Autodesk Maya, Adobe After Effects, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and Dreamweaver. You will gain hands-on experience in areas such as animation (2D and 3D) and motion graphic design, using industry-standard computer systems
Earn Credentials Recognized By Employers Worldwide
BIMS students gain a competitive edge over their peers by earning Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certifications in:
- Visual Communications using Adobe Photoshop®
- Rich Media Communications using Adobe Animate®
- Video Communications using Adobe Premiere®Pro
- Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator®
BIMS instructors prepare students to successfully pass these exams through a project-based curriculum that leverages Adobe Education learning resources, practice tests, and real-world applications.
To learn more about the certification exam visit:
- Fundamentals of Drawing
- Fundamentals of Drawing
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Photoshop
- Video Editing (Adobe Premiere)
- Camera Operations
- 2D Animation
- Scriptwriting for Film
- Intro to Animation
- Intro to Character Animation
- Intro to Character Animation
- Intro to Modelling
- Intro to Materials
- Intro to Lighting
- Intro to Rendering
- Pre-Production (Animatics)
- Digital Illustration
- Sound for Film
- Intro to Character Modelling
- Intro to Character Modelling
- Intro to Mudbox
- Intermediate Texturing & Rendering
- 3D Lighting
- Intermediate 2D Animation
- Fundamentals of Motion Graphics
- Intermediate Character Animation
- Intro to Character Rigging
- Dynamics and Special Effects
- Compositing (After Effects)
- Advanced Texturing
- Advanced Motion Graphics
- Advanced Character Modelling
- Special Effects
- Advanced 3D Lighting, Texturing & Rendering
- Advanced Character Animation
- Advanced Character Rigging
- (Optional): Honours Project
Course Learning Outcomes
By the end of the program, you will have the ability to:
- Create 2D and 3D characters and environments that reflect the integration of graphic clarity, design
- Principles, performance principles and theoretical constructs
- Create an animated film incorporating a range of artistic styles and techniques
- Generate work that reflects initiative, creativity, adaptability and personal style
- Incorporate technology effectively in the development of animation projects.
- Integrate the concepts, principles and theories involved in the physics of animation in all aspects of drawing.
- Design layouts and backgrounds that incorporate principles of composition, perspective and color, with speed, accuracy and dexterity, using a variety of media
- Communicate ideas, emotion and intent effectively in visual, oral and written forms
- Create animation that incorporates the basic principles of constructive anatomy and drawing using economy of expression
KCSE C- or above, with a C- or above in Kiswahili, English, Mathematics and at least one science subject OR A-levels with 2 principle passes.
Basic computer proficiency is required. Attach certificates to your application.
Each course has its own specific requirements. Please enquire from the administration what requirements apply to the course of your choice.
- Photocopy of your ID or Passport
- Application bank slip
A non refundable fee of KES 1,000 will be paid. This payment can be made via MPESA Paybill or Bank
In order to study at BIMS, students are required to ensure they have the correct legal documentation. For international students, this includes obtaining the relevant student visa. Below are the guidelines to the international student visa application process.
Guide to Applying for an International Student Pass
BIMS is proud to attract students from around the world. This guide is designed to help international students understand how to apply for an international student visa in Kenya. While we do not process or pay for international student visas, we hope the following information makes the student pass application process as smooth as possible.
Please note: BIMS is legally required to inform the Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons Office when a student discontinues his/her studies at BIMS, regardless of the reason. As a result, if a student is dropped from their programme due to poor academic performance, poor attendance or indiscipline, BIMS will immediately inform the Immigration Office.
Step 1: International students apply to BIMS
- International students can apply to one of BIMS’s programmes online:https://bowensinstitute.com/apply/.
- Prior to applying to BIMS, please familiarise yourself with our international fee policies: https://bowensinstitute.com/fees/.
Step 2: BIMS sends supporting documents for visa application
- Successful applicants receive a letter of admission.
- They will also receive a letter of support or a cover letter, addressed to the Director of Immigration, indicating the name and duration of the course to be studied – both new and renewal applications.
- Both of these letters will support international students in applying for their international student visa.
Step 3: Apply online for an International Student Visa
- Register at https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/, then log in at https://fns.immigration.go.ke/and complete the application form (titled Form 30).
- Please note: incomplete applications will not be processed.
Step 4: BIMS Head of Academics or Principal signs/stamps completed form
- Print and fill out all details on Form 30 (student pass application form) from the following website: http://www.immigration.go.ke/downloads/Form-30-Application%20for%20Student%20Pass.pdf.
- Your completed form should then be scanned and emailed to BIMS at firstname.lastname@example.org, to be signed and stamped by our Principal or Head of Academics.
Step 5: Prepare all documents and attachments
Collate the form and all necessary supporting documents, including:
- Signed commitment letter from the sponsor – both new and renewal cases
- National passport copy of the sponsor – both new and renewal cases
- Proof of funds for self-sponsored students – both new and renewal cases
- For minors, consent letter from the parent – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of parent’s national passport and copy of birth certificate of the minor should be attached as proof of relationship (for minors) – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of a valid national passport – both new and renewal cases (the bio-data page)
- Current immigration status for the pupil/student – both new and renewal cases (If already in the country)
- Two recent passport-size colour photos – both new and renewal cases
- Duly certified copies of basic academic certificates for those joining Tertiary Institutions and Universities – new cases only
- Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of the school’s/college registration certificate from the Ministry of Education – new cases only
- Clearance letter from Department of Refugee Affairs for refugees – both new and renewal cases
- Certified copies of progress report/transcripts obtained (by the issuing institution) – renewal cases only
- Copy of student’s pass previously held – renewal cases only
Step 6: Submit application to immigration offices
- Submit the complete form to immigration offices at Nyayo House, Alien Section, Counter Number 9 (full address below).
- Please note: Immigration might take up to two months to process your student pass or international student visa. If more than two months lapse, please follow up with the immigration office.
Step 7: Processing
- Once your application has been received, you will receive a notification via email. The email will state whether your application was rejected or received. If it has been received, processing should start immediately. You will be told to wait again. This might take around three weeks.
Step 8: Payment
- Once your applications have been approved, you will receive another notification. You should now log in to your portal and make a payment via M-pesa (Pay-Bill number 206206) or bank cheque (payable to PS Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government).
Step 9: Provide proof of payment
- Print out the approval letter and attach receipt payment. Take it to:
The Director of Immigration Services
Department of Immigration Offices
Nyayo House 9th Floor,
Kenyatta Avenue/Uhuru Highway
P.O Box 30191,000100 Nairobi
Tel: +254-20-2222022, +254-20-2217544, +254-20-2218833
You will then be told to wait for the visa to be processed. This will take three weeks or so.
Step 10: Collection
- Once your Visa has been processed, you will receive a notification by email.
- Go back to immigration offices at Nyayo House, Department of Immigration offices Ground Floor Room 16 and collect your Visa. On the same day, you should register as an alien. For more information, please visit https://fns.immigration.go.ke/infopack/passes/studentpass/.
Employment of multimedia artists and animators is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024 (USA statistics).
Projected growth will be due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and television. There is also a larger resource pool to pull artists from which has helped grow the industry.
In this fast-growing industry, you can play the roles of:
- Art Director
- Digital Illustrator
- Post Production Artist / Designer
- Video Production
- Web Designer
- 3D Modeler
- Flash Animator
Benjamin Waithaka is a 3D-Art generalist, with more than 11 years of experience in the industry. His projects include 3D Graphics ; 3D visualization .
John Mwangi is an animator specializing in character animation. As a core faculty member of the Bowens Institute of Media Studies, John teaches character animation, animatics, compositing, and lighting.
John is a graduate of Multimedia University and has a BA in Animation and Visual Effects.
Solomon Maina has been teaching Storyboarding and 3D Animation at BIMS since 2015. He graduated from the Shang Tao Media School in 2014 and was certified for potential in his field by the Machakos FEST Film Competition 2015.
Solomon has also worked on productions, commercials and as a creative visualiser for various firms.
Students work in an innovative environment using industry-standard software and Macintosh computers.