Disney College Program Puts Students to Work

July 03, 2006
Animation World Netwok

The Walt Disney Co. has launched the "Disney College Program" for 2006. The program offers college students the opportunity from any academic discipline to experience working for Disney in a wide variety of roles available in the company. The program gives students a chance to work in a corporate environment, where students perform their tasks in one of the four theme parks, two water parks, resorts in dining, retail or entertainment. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the guests and develop a solid foundation working with people.

Even if students do not continue with the company, they will have the opportunity to meet and connect with professional people from various workshops. As Disney cast members, they will attend networking sessions with Disney leaders. Also available are resources from the Disney Learning Centers, attending training classes, all which help students meet the requirements to earn credits for their participation. Students will live in gated apartment communities outside the property, much like a college campus. They will contribute to the cost of the rent and services through weekly deductions from their paychecks. Also, the Disney Co. will further assist the students by further subsidizing the cost.

The College program made its debut in 1981. In the beginning, there were more than 200 students from more than 30 schools working at the Magic Kingdom theme park. Since it's inception, more than 45,000 students have participated, representing hundreds of schools. The program has three main components: living, learning and earning. The Disney program offers seven different courses, all recommended by the American council on Education for three credit hours each. And as the students work at the parks and resorts, they get an insiders look at the tactics and operations of a major company, all working hands-on, gaining the experience and know-how to launch their careers here or elsewhere.

This year is the first time that artists in the College program started in the Animation Academy, formally the Animation Studio. For almost eight hours, they will draw nothing but circles, just to practice the basic shapes. They are taught "line quality," or how the pencil line flows and extensive use of model sheets, which are large posters with poses of the characters, drawings of their feet, face, hands etc, in different positions, these being drawn by the Disney design artists. When they are not drawing, they are working, either at the presentation of the "Drawn to Animation" movie in the Academy for the guests, or wherever they are needed. After an eight-day course on drawing the major characters, they are tested and if they pass, they will instruct the guests on how to draw their favorite characters at the academy. All the drawings are full faced for simplicity.
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