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    Hi there

    That answer is a difficult one because you don't say what sort of animation you are hoping to study, and whether you are applying to anywhere with a strong reputation or not... There are a lot of animation courses in the UK; the majority are very poor in quality. You show some interesting caricatures but most are heads only; for animation you need to show the whole body and present it in front, side, back and a three quarter configuration (pose sheets and facial expressions and mouth shapes as an optional bonus). You should avoid any artwork that is a copy of already existing characters. You need to show life drawing, background design (perspective art, environment designs), colour paintings. Depending on the course you apply for, showing some animations tests would be good, having 3D digital models as well (if relevant to the course) would also help. Other art forms may be relevant (again depending on the course). I would practice traditional drawing and painting skills as much as possible, and also work on digital painting in Photoshop as well. Consider creating some characters with charm and appeal as well as ugly ones.
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    Hi all,

    Just a quick note to let you all know that a group of students who graduated from the NCCA last year has just won The BFI (British Film Institute) Future Film Award for Animation.

    The film was called 'Ruckus' and if you'd like to watch it below:



    Cheers
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    BFX Competition is open for applications

    A unique competition that sees student teams from across the UK, compete against one another to produce a short VFX or animation sequence whilst being mentored by Industry artists here in Bournemouth. Take a look at our short film which explains everything about the competition.




    Website is here http://www.bfxfestival.com/

    Please forward to any students or recent graduates from a UK University that may be interested! It’s going to be great! More information regarding the competition can be found here - http://www.bfxfestival.com/competition/

    And remember, you don't have to be a student team from a single institution, you can work across Universities! Email me if you have any questions....
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    Some great Oscar success for graduates of the NCCA who worked on Gravity - we now have over 60 grads confirmed as having working on the film.

    http://tinyurl.com/on88t8o

    And also weirdly - we got a mention in Parliament by the Prime Minister!

    http://news.bournemouth.ac.uk/2014/0...ity-graduates/

    Video is below -

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...14/?t=1h01m04s
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    I've nearly finished my first year on a BTEC Computer animation for films & games course at college. I'm looking into university courses to start in September 2015.

    I want to study computer animation I've been using maya at college and this is what I enjoy most. Looking at the various courses available is a bit daunting and I wonder if anyone has any information & help on a 3d computer animation course available, I thought I found one which sounded great but they also cover life drawing which I'm not great at. Thanks
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    (Original post by rmcrr)
    I've nearly finished my first year on a BTEC Computer animation for films & games course at college. I'm looking into university courses to start in September 2015.

    I want to study computer animation I've been using maya at college and this is what I enjoy most. Looking at the various courses available is a bit daunting and I wonder if anyone has any information & help on a 3d computer animation course available, I thought I found one which sounded great but they also cover life drawing which I'm not great at. Thanks
    If you need more courses check out http://courses.creativeskillset.org/ skillset approved courses tend to be good from what I've seen and have excellent facilities. If you aren't so confident with drawing you could consider doing the Games and Animation Foundation at Teesside University
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    Hi everyone,
    I really need some help. I'm looking for a Master in 3D (character) animation.
    I don't know what course I should choose: MA Character Animation at Central Saint Martins or MA 3d Computer Animation at Bournemouth University.
    I need some advises from students who studied it.
    Thank you so much in advance!
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    (Original post by igy)
    Hi everyone,
    I really need some help. I'm looking for a Master in 3D (character) animation.
    I don't know what course I should choose: MA Character Animation at Central Saint Martins or MA 3d Computer Animation at Bournemouth University.
    I need some advises from students who studied it.
    Thank you so much in advance!
    Hi, I look after all the Masters Courses here at the NCCA (Bournemouth), and teach on the MA 3D in Computer Animation, I could certainly answer any questions you may have. If you need to speak to a student, then they are normally dotted around a number of forums. We have a 1200 strong alumni Facebook page, but you need to have studies here to access it unfortunately. If you were to visit us, after the interview, we always take applicants to the MA 3D studio to meet the current students, where you can ask what ever questions you desire.

    Cheers
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    Hi there,
    I'm hoping if someone can help and provide some advice. I am hoping to apply for the Digital Effects MA course at Bournemouth University. I have recently graduated from Leeds University where I studied film and photography. I am hoping to now specialise and gain a better insight into visual effects and animation.

    The portfolio requirements to apply for the course however, seems quite daunting with an exhaustive list including painting and drawing. I have film, editing, and photography skills. I had completed a motion graphics module which involved drawing, however, I have not specifically focused on drawing and created anything along the fine art side. I have a lot of visual content that I have produced and can include, but I am also hoping to create a few illustrative pieces to include within this portfolio, however, if you could provide the best advice to reassure me, I would very much appreciate it.

    Thank you.
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    (Original post by sshah22)
    Hi there,
    I'm hoping if someone can help and provide some advice. I am hoping to apply for the Digital Effects MA course at Bournemouth University. .
    Hey,

    Don't worry, you are not expected to have all these portfolio items; these are merely suggestion of thing you can include. We only want to see your best work, so feel free to include these. If you would like to submit some drawn work that good, but I would include a bit of text that mentions which are from your sketch book and therefore work in progress or final pieces. Like I said earlier, add something you are happy to talk about, something you are proud of and comfortable talking about. The more visually interesting the better. A good photographic portfolio may be all you need to get this across. A breadth of work is good to see, but weigh this against the inclusion of work which may be a lot weaker and therefore harm the overall portfolio.

    Does that make sense? .
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    That makes absolute sense. Thank you for this reassurance. Just to clarify, the portfolio requirements are just a guideline and that all examples are not necessary. As I come from a film and photography background, all relevant/my best work which I have created and I am happy to talk about is all that I need to include. The more visually interesting the better.

    Thank you once again


    (Original post by Sofronis)
    Hey,

    Don't worry, you are not expected to have all these portfolio items; these are merely suggestion of thing you can include. We only want to see your best work, so feel free to include these. If you would like to submit some drawn work that good, but I would include a bit of text that mentions which are from your sketch book and therefore work in progress or final pieces. Like I said earlier, add something you are happy to talk about, something you are proud of and comfortable talking about. The more visually interesting the better. A good photographic portfolio may be all you need to get this across. A breadth of work is good to see, but weigh this against the inclusion of work which may be a lot weaker and therefore harm the overall portfolio.

    Does that make sense? .
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    (Original post by sshah22)
    That makes absolute sense. Thank you for this reassurance. Just to clarify, the portfolio requirements are just a guideline and that all examples are not necessary. As I come from a film and photography background, all relevant/my best work which I have created and I am happy to talk about is all that I need to include. The more visually interesting the better.

    Thank you once again
    Exactly! Good luck.
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    Hi all,

    The Animation, VFX and Games festival I run in Bournemouth called BFX is live and tickets are now on sale. It’s still early days, but our confirmed speakers and partners for the Festival include ILM London, Animal Logic, Framestore, Double Negative, Blue Zoo, MPC, MPC Commercials, Glassworks, Frontier Development, Axis Animation, The Mill, Next Limit, Gavin Rothery, The Chaos Group, AMD and The Foundry. Expected talks will include The Lego Movie, Gravity, Maleficent, Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy, Edge of Tomorrow, Elite: Dangerous and many more.

    More information here - http://www.bfxfestival.com/
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    Hi all,

    Many of you will be going to University in a few weeks, either for the first time or back to complete your studies. If your induction allows it - please come down and join us here in Bournemouth for BFX.

    We have a great line of talks, and today the BFX Workshop tickets are now available; with some fantastic tutors such as Scott Eaton, Paul Kidby, Eric Shaw, Sarah Perry, Next Limit and Adam Redford ~ something for everyone! - http://ow.ly/AEpDw

    We also have day tickets on sale as well, in case you can't make the entire festival.

    Cheers
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    Hi guys!


    So I already started a thread about this but got no replies, so since this is the animation thread here it goes:
    I'm thinking of applying to Bradford for the MSc in Computer Animation and Visual Effects. My ideal choice for this type of a course would be Bournemouth University, but, sadly, I am on a pretty tight budget (and also not from the UK) and Bradford is cheaper.
    The thing is though, that I have heard almost nothing about Bradford's course and whether it's good or what a graduate's job prospects are. Actually from the very little I have read about Bradford (mostly in this forum) the opinions vary from mediocre to low.
    Besides Bradford, another option for me would be Kent, and its Digital Visual Effects programme.
    So the question is, is Bradford worth the 3,000 pounds I'm going to save by choosing it or should I go for the more expensive (at least to me) Bournemouth? Or Kent probably?
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    Hey,

    Can't comment on other courses - I don't know much about Bradford's MSc. HAve you trued contacting any of its graduates?

    If you have 1st in your UG Degree, then Bournemouth offers an Academic Excellence Scholarship, which is £2,000 off the fee's. Might help with the costs.

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    (Original post by Sofronis)
    Hey,

    Can't comment on other courses - I don't know much about Bradford's MSc. HAve you trued contacting any of its graduates?

    If you have 1st in your UG Degree, then Bournemouth offers an Academic Excellence Scholarship, which is £2,000 off the fee's. Might help with the costs.

    Cheers
    Hi,

    I am probably gonna contact a graduate, because there is an agency in my country that represents Bradford and they are gonna bring me in touch, but I'm not gonna meet with them until late November.

    Yes, I am aware of this scholarship, but I don't know if my grades are gonna reach the "scholarship mark", because they are really close to it, but I've been driving myself crazy over it and still not getting the grades I want. The scholarship would be a life savior but I don't know if I will be eligible for it, eventually.
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    Hi,

    I'm very interested in the Computer Animation Arts undergraduate course at Bournemouth after going to the open day last weekend but I have a few questions regarding the portfolio required, first what size should the actual portfolio be? I'm thinking about a 17x14" size (slightly larger than A3 paper size). Would this be to small and would a larger size be preferred? Also should the portfolio consist more of life drawing and figure observations or original compositions? Thank you for any information you can provide.
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    Hey - A3 or thereabouts is fine, as long as we can see your artwork and compositions. You portfolio can contain whatever you are most happy talking about - life drawing, observations, sketchbooks, original compositions, product design, photography, animation, film, painting, illustration - you name it. Everyone is different and brings something to the table. Just be sure you are able to tall confidently about the work and do so enthusiastically.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by Sofronis)
    Hey - A3 or thereabouts is fine, as long as we can see your artwork and compositions. You portfolio can contain whatever you are most happy talking about - life drawing, observations, sketchbooks, original compositions, product design, photography, animation, film, painting, illustration - you name it. Everyone is different and brings something to the table. Just be sure you are able to tall confidently about the work and do so enthusiastically.

    Good luck!
    Sorry to jump in on your thread, but I went to the open day last week too, I liked everything although the amount of art required put me off, I realise now that all the computer animation courses, study and require you to do life drawing etc, but its not my strongest subject at all and I'm worried that my portfolio for any course is now not going to be strong enough. I'm wondering whether I will need to defer for a year and do a foundation course in art or similar to stand any chance of getting on a computer animation course. Any advice would be great thanks
 
 
 
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