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    Congrats..well done..hopefully see you in september
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    (Original post by Ashtonised)
    Well i went to my ''interview'' yesturday. I had to get the train at half five and i got to hatfield at half twelve, didnt know what to do with myself so i got a taxi to the uni. Walk in, very quite one person sat there asked him were reception was. Went wandering down the corridor and met this woman said to her that i came for an interview and she said that the day had been canceled because the university is closed. She said she emailed everyone and rang everyone but i was already on the train when i was emailed. But it was great she was really loverly and said she'll go get someone to interview me and i dont know his name, but he had gray hair and said hes one of the lecturers on the course. So I had it there and then. Then got the train back home at 3 and got home at 20 past ten.

    It was A LONG day.
    Hmmmmm, gray hair... I'm guessing it must have been a guy called Alan I assume! He is a lecturer on our course, but he's a theory guy - he doesn't teach any of the actual 3D stuff himself. I can't think of anyone in the staff other than him who has gray hair... Ooh, maybe Andrew actually? He's from Manc or Birmingham, did he have an accent? He's an absolute legend to be honest. I don't get too many lectures with him because he's 2D, but he worked on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and a bunch of other amazing stuff. He designed a whole cartoon (though I don't believe he's actually working on the production of it) coming to Cartoon Network this year sometime. He's a great person to talk to regarding animation theory and cinematography.
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    awww i think it was alan yeah. he said hes a lecturer on the course and he lectures a few others. a loverly quite sort of guy. he liked my portfolio and said he was impressed.
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    Also dan what would you say a few of the good points of hertfordshire university would be? when i went i didnt get to look round. so im not sure of what the university is like. is it all pretty funky new buildings? and whats the night life there like? and being 20 minutes away from london, do you travel there much?
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    (Original post by Ashtonised)
    Also dan what would you say a few of the good points of hertfordshire university would be? when i went i didnt get to look round. so im not sure of what the university is like. is it all pretty funky new buildings? and whats the night life there like? and being 20 minutes away from london, do you travel there much?
    The buildings are fine, really - for course related stuff, 95% of it is in a brand new building, so that's all good. The nightlife in Hatfield is awful awful awful. The SU bar's good for a bit of a laugh, but it'll probably get old fairly quick. There are a few coach-to-club deals run by the SU though, which are very popular to big clubs around, inc ones in London and surrounding towns (St Albans, Luton, Stevenage etc). I rarely go to London and never really for nights out, just because - although it IS only 20 minutes away - the last train is at about 12.30pm and the first one in the morning not til about 6am. Which is fine if you're tanked up like a nutter, but frankly there's no way I (nor anyone I hang out with) can afford to go out in London til 6am on a regular basis!

    Edit: This comes across as being very whiney, and I didn't mean it to - I have a great time here, and I'm glad I come here. However, for me, the best part is the course. I think it's excellent. If the course was somewhere else, I'd go somewhere else. My social life here is, though, great. There's a great bunch of people on the course whom constitute most of my friends (a lot of people on other courses tend to make good friends with their hall mates but never really get to know their coursemates, due to the modular structure and manner of the lectures - that is, all their different modules might be with different people, and the lecture style will be copying notes from a powerpoint - which offers little room for socialising. Our course, though, is so esoteric that all your lectures are with animators, and only fellow animators. Also, the nature of lectures are typically like a series of tutorials - the lecturer will explain something, then do a bit of it, then you all do a bit, then they do a bit more, etc. It gives you plenty of time to chat to people, ask people for help, exchange tips etc. This combined with some brutal deadlines and fun group projects means that way, way more of my friends at Uni are on my course than not.)
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    cheers dan, for the info! its really usefull for me in deciding where to go.

    im in bournemouth now and ive got the interview tomorrow morning. i tell you im ****** for the maths exam. i forgot my maths book to read through on the train so i dont know anything about triganomatry.

    but anyways we'll see how it goes.
    im starting to get worries about missing my boyfriend if i go to university so far away.
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    Hey guys, im in the first year of animation at bournemouth

    just wondering if your aware that they are bumping up the intake to 100 people, not sure how that is going to affect the course. You also get the 2nd year labs i beleive >:|

    has any1 been accepted yet? cant remember when you get told?

    Would be nice to get to know the 1st years

    Also the Maths this year is pretty hard, simply because our current teacher likes to complicate things. People who do A level maths may find it tolerable. I only did As level.

    Dont worry to much about life drawing. Theres a subject called PCS (principles of Computer systems) which is tough aswell. Many people on the course were expecting less technical stuff, so just mentioning that theres alot of "other subjects" other than learning to animate / model. Infact you pretty much pick that up from the 2nd years / yourself.

    Any questions il be happy to answer if i can
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    they have an extra course this year dont they though? although it wont be so different with year one and everyone learning the year one stuff, but theres ment to be a more artier course introduced this year? so maybe thats why there more of a load. i was thinking that at interview its about 50 to 60 odd they took on? and then there was lots of people at an interview that i was thinking they wont want to turn down.
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    at the moment, i think they are making it 3 courses next year.

    one which is computer visualisation and animation (the original one) and two new courses, computer visualisation and animation (Games) and computer animation arts..

    you can check our the bournemouth website to see the different modules each one offers. I believe the first years all learn pretty much the same. The 2nd years the branch out into there specific courses, where the computer animation arts has no maths/programming, and the Games course is more towards maths and programming for games. The original is the more all round general course which offers the best of both.

    ahhh PCS was quite tough last year, you'll learn the bulk of it in this 2nd term now though! good luck with it tom. When it came to the exams last year, we all used a facebook group as a revision site, where we all shared notes and answers to previous past papers. It's all still up there. Do you have Hammadi for maths???

    Also, how do u think us 2nd year feel when u first years get the nice huge screens, when last year we had CRT monitors, and then get these little screens this year.. lol no fair.. gd luck with the projects mate.
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    (Original post by Deadfish41)
    Also, how do u think us 2nd year feel when u first years get the nice huge screens, when last year we had CRT monitors, and then get these little screens this year.. lol no fair.. gd luck with the projects mate.
    Aah, lame! You guys need to show them who's boss!

    Rather than rooms-by-year, at Herts we have the 3D lab, the Games Lab, the 2D Lab and then the Multimedia one which we share with some other courses. I think this is sort of the VFX lab, too. It's basically that whenever the 3D lab gets an upgrade, their stuff gets passed to the Games guys, whose stuff is passed to the 2D guys etc. For example, we just got a load of quad cores in the 3D labs, and passed our dual athlons down to the 3D guys etc. Then there's more specialist stuff - for example, we (3D lab) have Quadros where the Games guys have gaming cards (8800's atm I think).

    At the end of the year, outside of lectures, 3rd years get precedent over 2nd years who get precedent over first years when it comes to using the PC, because we have to render films! There was about a 2 week stint at the end of the last year when I'd be in the 3D lab from 9am til 9pm logging onto about 8 PC's, setting off renders for the film then wandering around nursing them all, starting new ones when ones finished, and if all was quiet, I'd sit there comping the shots that were done! It'll be even nicer this year with the quads!
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    International student here. Applied to BU, South hampton, Teeside, Herts and Universirty of arts london. When will I get my offers.. any idea? Got no offer from any as of yet.
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    (Original post by tomdrum6)
    Hey guys, im in the first year of animation at bournemouth

    just wondering if your aware that they are bumping up the intake to 100 people, not sure how that is going to affect the course. You also get the 2nd year labs i beleive >:|

    has any1 been accepted yet? cant remember when you get told?

    Would be nice to get to know the 1st years
    Hey tom
    ive been accept for the course lol...just gota get the grades which will be a walk in the park.

    Thanks for the heads up...Maths should be interesting. What do you do in PCS?
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    (Original post by TashanLewis)
    Thanks for the heads up...Maths should be interesting. What do you do in PCS?
    principles of computer systems:

    the first term i think you do stuff based unix/linux/ then simple command line programs like cat, ls, etc. and a very little bit of shell coding. then theres stuff on TCP/IP, HTTP/HTML/ LateX etc.. all exciting stuff... not. lol

    Then second term is completely different. You learn how to build a simple machine using switches, adders, multiplexers etc.. there's some boolean algebra, and truth tables.
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    (Original post by Deadfish41)
    principles of computer systems:

    the first term i think you do stuff based unix/linux/ then simple command line programs like cat, ls, etc. and a very little bit of shell coding. then theres stuff on TCP/IP, HTTP/HTML/ LateX etc.. all exciting stuff... not. lol

    Then second term is completely different. You learn how to build a simple machine using switches, adders, multiplexers etc.. there's some boolean algebra, and truth tables.
    LOL Joka..well Dan has it helped you at all so far knowing this stuff?
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    hey yeh i find PCS is a bit unnecessary. they say it will be useful, but most of it i will forget.

    I personally dont like linux much lol, so having to use it and learn to script in it is something i dont care for much. useful if you want to become a complete linux geek. lol. Im not totally convinced linux is used the most in animation.

    our screens are nice hehe but....i want a newer system :P
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    ooo tom, wait till you go the studio visit trip on the 27th i think?? me and gavin might be there with the first years if Claudia arranges the coaches properly!

    most post production companys use linux for shake. When you walk around the studios you'll notice everyone with a little terminal window up lol.
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    Guys guys guys. See this:

    Thank you for your e-mail. The tutor has specified that they would like to see a showreel cd-rom of your work: you will need to compile one of these and send it to us so that the tutor can make a decision.

    Showreel cdrom? What do i have do? Please guide.. I have my works.. So i just burn them on a cd and send?
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    Hey Dan, i have decided im going to have herts as my number one choice after i got my conditional the other day.

    Just wondering what acomodation you would suggest?


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    Errrmmm if you check out the Hertfordshire forums on here, there's a ton of people who've asked the same questions, and there are a bunch of people with different replied, but my short version is this: I stayed in Fern and had a good time. If I could go back and do it again, though, I'd stay in Telford Court. Eitherway, stick with College Lane.
 
 
 
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