The company whose animation software helped develop movie versions of The Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants has designated the Columbus College of Art & Design as its first U.S. Center of Excellence.
Toon Boom, which is based in Montreal, Canada, said the designation would give CCAD students access to the latest versions of animation software.
CCAD junior Andrea Rawson said the opportunity to use the software should give students an advantage when it's time to find a job.
"The fact that we're all going to get nice portfolios, we come in here, stay late, don't sleep. It makes us more competitive. It's really beneficial when we're out in the job market," Rawson said.
In conjunction with honor, CCAD launched a contest for high school students. Students were invited to create a storyboard for a short film.
Deadline for submissions is June 1.
The winner will receive a scholarship to attend CCAD's residential summer program to study animation or cinematic arts.
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