ALUMNI

We have had the honor to contribute to the success of many talented artists from all over the world. By joining their forces and talent to that of their amazing teachers they contributed in making IDEA a unique study and life experience in Europe.

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT IDEA

GABBY LEE

 

"Everyone I met through IDEA Academy are people I will always look up to and admire in my artistic career "

After completing my BFA, I realized that I needed to improve my skills in order to work in the animation industry. I found IDEA Academy and thought it was too awesome to be true. And it turned out, indeed, that IDEA is very real and really awesome. The program pushed me to my limit. With the support of the instructors, I grew to be comfortable with the discomfort of not knowing and learned to enjoy the process of experimentation to find my unique artistic voice. I was constantly inspired by the teachers, my classmates, and the culture of community and support that the staff cultivated within the school. Everyone I met through IDEA Academy are people I will always look up to and admire in my artistic career. I am now a background artist at Bento Box Entertainment, and am working on projects I only dreamed about when I was young. I wouldn't be here without the great efforts the staff put into the program to make it such a phenomenal experience for all the students. Thank you IDEA Academy!

BEATRIZ NOVAIS LICKFOLD

 

"My dreams are finally coming true and I know it wouldn’t have been possible without IDEA! "

I decided to go to IDEA after one year out of univrsity I realized I was nowhere near where I needed to be if I wanted to get a job in the industry so I decided to develop my skills further, I had heard about IDEA Academy through a friend and thought that was exactly what I was missing. My time there was amazing, I had never worked as hard or been pushed as far than when I was there, both by my amazing and talented teachers (who offered me such a range of skills and ideas) and my friends! In one year I got better than i could have ever hoped for, and now after developing my portfolio further on my own, using the tools IDEA provided me, I am working at Titmouse as a Background painter! 

My dreams are finally coming true and I know it wouldn’t have been possible without IDEA! 

VALENTINA NAPOLITANO

"The staff is amazing and the kindness and professionalism of all the teachers changed me as an artist and as a person"

I spent two wonderful years during the Master in art direction at IDEA Academy. The staff is amazing and the kindness and professionalism of all the teachers changed me as an artist and as a person, I have found friends and mentors and I couldn't be more grateful.
These were years of intense work that I will always remember as a fundamental experience of my life.

RAFFAELE IZZO

"This experience has helped me to grow as an artist, and at the same time to understand what the industry is looking for and what strategies to adopt to be able to work in the entertainment industry"

I enrolled in the Visual Development Master level 1 at IDEA Academy after university and a period of self-taught study, determined to chase a dream that I have often thought of giving up. But then at IDEA I've found a stimulating environment, in which students are constantly inspired and encouraged to improve, thanks to the comparison with other students and feedback from teachers, who for me are the real strength of the school: professionals in the industry and , exceptional artists and very helpful people, along with the rest of the fantastic staff members. This experience has helped me to grow as an artist, and at the same time to understand what the market is looking for and what strategies to adopt to be able to work in the entertainment industry.

JOJO LU

"I felt that going to IDEA Academy would take my life closer to the direction I wanted to go in"

I decided to come to IDEA Academy after working intermittently for a year freelance. I wasn’t happy with the direction my career was going, and I felt that going to IDEA Academy would take my life closer to the direction I wanted to go in. IDEA Academy provided me a great environment to learn and grow in. It gave me the chance to reflect on and develop my personal artistic voice. Rome itself was also a great place to live in and experience. Now, I’m working my dream job as a Concept Artist at Microsoft.

MARA TANGO

 

"This school was beyond any expectation I had "

My name’s Mara Tango and I attended the master level 1 at IDEA Academy 2019/2020. 

This school was beyond any expectation I had, definitely the best! Classes were so interesting, well structured and informative, teachers are professionals and talented people, funny to be around and always available for their students, providing both didactic and emotional support (something I think is fundamental) as well as the director and the collaborators who were always ready to solve the smallest inconvenience. I honestly miss IDEA and the environment I found there because I was lucky enough to find also great classmates. If it wasn’t for IDEA I would have given up on my dream, instead, they taught me how to keep dreaming and keep working, and this is something I’ll be always thankful of. 

MARIANA GALIANO

 

"Going to IDEA was a very good decision for me,I’ve learn a lot from my time there"

For a whiIe had given up on art education and decided to follow a purely self-taught route right after finishing high-school, with most options not being very affordable or too far away for me to move to at the time, I was lucky enough to find out about IDEA academy through a good friend of mine and past alumni at IDEA, João Moura.

After a long while trying to decide whether to go or not my decision was finally made so I got everything ready for the big move! After getting my portfolio ready and sending it to the school I was accepted and to my surprise I also won the yearly scholarship! Which I am extremely thankful for.

Going to idea was a very good decision for me,I’ve learn a lot from my time there and got pushed out of my comfort zone constantly with the help and input of super talented teachers which really helped me build a way more complete portfolio by the end of the year!

And that’s how i ended up getting interviewed and given offers by several companies at Annecy and THU, however the best surprise was getting contacted by Fortiche Production, where I am working at the moment and am part of the design team for Riot’s Arcane series!

JOAO MOURA

 

“It was the biggest change in my life, and by far, the best.”

I decided to attend IDEA Academy at the end of Summer of 2016. To my delight, the school accepted me and, in less then two weeks, I left my job, my apartment, sold my furniture and sorted out my affairs to go to Rome. It was the biggest change in my life, and by far, the best. I took a leap of faith by going to a school I had just heard about and was rewarded with the most amazing and talented teachers, the kindest staff, the best colleagues (now friends) and one of the greatest years of my life. It was my first contact with the 'visual development world' and I am very glad it happened there. IDEA is very prepared to introduce its students to this world: I had workshops with amazing artists, portfolio review and contact with studios and companies. At the end of the year, IDEA provided tickets for the Annecy Animation festival. This got me some interviews with some amazing studios and ended up giving me my first big break, the job I have at the moment.  

Currently I am working at Illumination Macguff as a set designer for the preproduction of a movie. My job, as the name says, consists in helping with the set design of the movie.

ELISA MORICONI

 

“Here I found the most skilled and available teachers, and amazing classmates.”

I enrolled in IDEA Academy’s Visual Development Master after attending some of its high-level workshops with international professionals. I was uncertain about it, as it would have been the first class ever, but I'm happy to say that I don’t regret it at all: here I found the most skilled and available teachers, and amazing classmates. It wasn’t easy for me, because I worked: many things to learn, intensive work, homework…but it was worth it! After the school, I kept working as a freelance artist, but embarking on some new exciting projects, that I would have never approached before, like my collaboration with the app Foodies Trip. I was also rewarded with a recognition for my work in Guy Richie’s King Arthur themed contest.

 

Currently I am Concept Artist at Netspeak Games.

LISA VANNINI

 

“Being surrounded everyday by people with the same love for art will give you a boost to the next level.”

After graduating in Japanese Studies I decided to try and pursue my creativity and passion for arts. My year at IDEA academy has been an incredible opportunity to grow as an artist and get to know the diverse aspects of the entertainment industry. Under the guidance of experienced teachers and professionals I could try out many different skills and techniques, from storyboarding to 3D rendering, which helped me defining my own path and career goals. A course at IDEA is hard work, but being surrounded everyday by people with the same love for art is really something that can’t be replaced and will give you a boost to the next level.
From June 2017 to January 2018 I worked as a concept artist, background artist and UI artist at Affinity Project, for the mobile game “Don-Ay: adorable runners. Currently I’m working as a freelancer.

Currently Visual Development Artist  for Jam Media (Dublin).

NICOLETTA BEA

 

“IDEA Academy was and still is a landmark for me”

After a degree in languages and different work experiences, I decided to sign up for the IDEA Academy Masters: it was definitely one of the best choices I could make to shake up my working and creative life.
The academy gave me the opportunity to confront myself with students and teachers who greatly stimulated and enriched me in a climate of expressive freedom and creative ferment. At the end of the course, thanks to the presence of the school at the Annécy festival, I was able to concretely project myself into the world of work and confront myself on a different level.
For me, IDEA has been and still is a landmark, a meeting place where I can continue to get involved and mature thanks to the professionalism and human warmth of all the staff.
At the moment I work as a freelance illustrator and from April 2019 I will start a new working adventure as prop designer at Caribara in Paris

DACIL ROCA

 

I am every day happily designing environments, characters and props for different cartoon TV series.

I studied Fine Arts and 2D Animation, I ended up working as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator for advertising and marketing for five years in Barcelona. 

Then I decided to try changing from advertising to the industry that I have always trully love: Cartoons and Motion Pictures. So I decided to enroll in IDEA Academy. I was accepted in the Art Direction Master and It was amazing. The style variety and shocking artistry of every teacher and their constant feedback made me improve radically in only a 10 months course. The working level is very demanding and the lovely familiar environment of the academy and their staff made me feel very supported. Super recommended!

Then with the contacts I made in Annecy with the school I manage a couple of interviews and now I am working as a Visual Development Artist for Mondo TV in Tenerife, my home town. I am every day happily designing environments, characters and props for different cartoon TV series. 

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