The academy will have classes from September to December, and again from January to June, with classes every Monday night from 4-7 pm and one long weekend each month: Friday from 4-7 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm.
The four semesters will take the students through these focus points:
World Building: The very first teaching weekend, we are doing a world-building session in which teachers will be game masters, and students will take on roles within a pre-designed world. The method is meant to stimulate the imagination and inspire the students to create ideas in a playful way.
Feedback hour: During the first Monday class, the feedback hour will be introduced. The feedback hour is the student’s guarantee that they’ll practice their writing skills continuously. Every Monday, we will set aside one hour to give and receive feedback. Also in these classes, the students will be introduced to good feedback methods that will make them critical readers.
Development of ideas: The students will be introduced to different methods of brainstorming, development of concepts and ideas that they will find useful when creating unique worlds for children and young adults.
Storytelling: In the course of three modules, the students will be introduced to the most significant elements of storytelling: character building, plot, narrative, points of view, narrative voice, genres and the technical demands for each of the different types of manuscripts.
The world of children and young adults: Focus will be on the understanding of the target groups. What does the world look from the perspective of a child growing up in our era? How are children introduced to the media, entertainment and general education? How do they approach contemporary media? What choices do they make themselves? And how do they become co-creators of the story?
Media forms: An Introduction to the special methods, materials, and technical possibilities and limitations of the different media forms. We will also focus on how, and where, the methods of the different media overlap, and how this might enrich the story.
Analysis of specific works: Here we will select classics as well as contemporary works of fiction to analyse. The analysis of the specific work will use methods from studies of literature, film, theatre and media. Also, the context analysis will work with historic development in the role of the artist in society, the view upon the child, family values and media history.
Group work: Analytical knowledge and skills will continuously be transferred onto one’s own creative works so that the methods, motives, intentions, etc. that we have been analysing will be tested in a group assignment, where the group will create a story based on (at least) two media forms.
Senses and expression: In the third semester, one of the modules will be the students’ opportunity to create their own personal expression. The class will be looking for inspiration in experiences of art, culture and nature. Afterwards, these impressions will be translated in to texts and ideas for their own individual works.
Final project: The first weekend of the fourth semester, the students will be introduced to the work that they’ll be doing throughout the semester. This whole semester is dedicated to preparing the final project. In this semester, we will revisit themes from previous modules and in June, we will finish off with a presentation and feedback on all of the 10 final projects.
This education is rated for 230 classes pr. year - and the students are expected to work in between classes as well.
A class of 10 students will be accepted each year. Admissions for the first year will begin in March 202.
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