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The IPAX program provides educators with unique opportunities to engage with today's dynamic production environment. Through interaction with Imageworks' and Sony Pictures Animation's senior executives and artists, access to Imageworks' in-house training program and open learning platform, and faculty fellowships that provide hands-on, real world production experience, educators can bring valuable production knowledge and skills back to their programs. IPAX is also a resource for educators to provide students with learning opportunities and further encourage their development with scholarships and internships.

Faculty fellowship

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Imageworks offers a four to eight week Faculty Fellowship Program in which a faculty member is placed on a current production and experiences everything from new hire orientation and training to the rigors of actual production on visual effects driven or animated feature films. Faculty members shadow production team members, experiencing the daily roles of the visual effects and animation production crew from top to bottom. Fellows attend meetings, dailies and artist shot reviews. The immersion gives faculty members a greater understanding of all that goes into the digital production process. IPAX Fellowships are unpaid and available to full-time college or university faculty teaching accredited courses directly related to animation, visual effects or technology.

On site visits

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Our campus or yours? Come see what we do in Culver City. You'll be introduced to what it is that we do and get a hint of how we do it. We invite groups from schools and clubs associated with schools to learn more about us. Tours are given by appointment only and last between one and two hours. Or, time and budgets permitting, we can make a visit to your campus and talk about Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Pictures Animation, and conduct reel and portfolio reviews.

IPAX internship

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Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation offer a limited number of paid internship positions. Our internship program is designed to benefit those individuals that are striving for their artistic goals as well as help orient those who are still figuring out what they want to do.

Sande Scoredos memorial scholarship

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The Sande Scoredos Memorial Scholarship annually distributes funds to deserving students at accredited colleges and universities.

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Fellowships provide individuals with real-time, hands-on experience through an in-house training program and opportunities to interact with Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Interactive professionals from diverse disciplines within the companies. Firsthand exposure to the production pipeline and processes of digital animation, visual effects for live action, CG features, and stereoscopic productions will be provided. The limited fellowship openings are a full-time commitment of four to eight weeks on-site at Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Interactive, handling a full course schedule. IPAX fellows are unpaid and responsible for all their own expenses, including housing and transportation. Candidates are provided with access to the facility, a login, workspace, and phone. Access to all production tools to all production tools and software are provided as well. The goal is to provide an experience that benefits the fellow by not only expanding their own breadth of knowledge in the world of animation, but also equips them with information to take back to their respective schools, further educating their students and faculty members. Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Interactive will strive to strengthen the relationship with your school's program and look for ways to enrich and develop the IPAX experience.

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How to apply

  1. Confirm eligibility
    • Must teach an accredited course in a classroom environment to a minimum enrollment of 10 full-time students.
    • Must be returning to school to teach upon completion of IPAX Fellowship
    • Must teach course(s) directly related to digital animation, visual fx, and technology.
    • Submissions must be original work created solely by the applicant
  2. Prepare materials in accordance with guidelines
  1. Email requested materials and the following to ipax+fellowships@imageworks.com
    • Additional Cover Letter (not required) Cover sheet
    • Resume
    • Copy of Employment Verification Letter

All applications will be received through email. If for any reason you are not able to apply through email please have your faculty IPAX representative contact us for additional information on how to apply.

Please use the subject line "[Your Name] IPAX Internship 2013 Application"

Mail to

  • Summer Fellowship (4 to 8 week program) - by April 1, 2014
  • Fall Fellowship - by July 1
  • Spring Fellowship - by November 1

Applications are accepted year round.

Selection process

Fellowship selection will be determined exclusively by the Sony Pictures IPAX Committee. Candidates will be notified by:

  • Summer Fellowship (4 to 8 week program) - by May 1
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On-site visit

IPAX member programs have access to personalized onsite visits and tour experiences. If you are in the Los Angeles area or plan to visit, you are invited to visit our Culver City headquarters. Please contact us well in advance as these personalized tours are conducted on a limited basis.

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Time and budgets permitting, we can make a visit to your campus and talk about Sony Pictures Animation and Imageworks, and conduct reel and portfolio reviews.

Who should participate

We invite groups and clubs associated with schools to visit and learn more about us. Please try to schedule your tour with as much advance notice as possible. At least one month advance notice is preferred.

Schedules & details on facebook

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To see who's coming to visit us, or where we'll be going, check out our Facebook page. To book a tour or contact us please submit your contact info.

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IPAX internships

Sony Pictures Imageworks offers paid internship positions. Currently we are emphasizing our eight-week summer program that runs from mid-June through mid-August. The summer program will give individuals and continuing students entering their senior year an opportunity to work with fellow interns while being mentored by seasoned Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Interactive artists. During their time here, they will learn the software and processes used in high-end feature visual effect and animation production while concurrently developing their own artistic skills. We foster a feeling of real life day-to-day work expectations while supplying a continuous education. We encourage the interns to keep an open mind to all aspects on the shot pipeline by having various speakers, events and opportunities for the interns to experience.

Students desired

Our internship program is designed to benefit individuals striving for their artistic goals as well as help assist those who are still figuring out what they want to do. Individuals should be "sponges", seeking out every opportunity to learn and take advantage of the fully engaged feature production facility at Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Interactive. They should be open-minded, good listeners, and proactive. Please encourage your top students to apply for our program. For each student who applies they will need a faculty letter of recommendation that can be e-mailed or mailed in.


The individual must be eligible to work in the U.S. or Canada. Interns should be familiar with computers, operating systems, networks, and concepts of 3D graphics. Additionally, in-house computer training coursework using proprietary production software, tools, and methods used in production will be required.

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Student scholarships

The Sande Scoredos Memorial Scholarship program grants outstanding students with scholarships to be applied to their current academic enrollment. The Sande Scoredos Scholarship Program is named after a true pioneer in artist development and computer graphics education. Not only did Sande guide Imageworks' training program to become an industry leader but she also established and led the IPAX program at its inception. Recognizing promising talent and supporting their studies through the Sande Scoredos Memorial Scholarship Program is a fitting tribute to a great lady and outstanding teacher.

Eligibility guidelines

The applicant must be a full-time student carrying a minimum of 12 credits at an accredited college or university, must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, and must receive passing grades in all classes. Students must have the goal of pursuing a profession in animation, visual effects, or a related technology.

Student scholarship materials must be submitted and mailed through a faculty representative recommending the student for consideration.

Next steps

See guidelines to get started here.