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    Hi and greetings from Iasi, Romania

    Here's my conundrum: I love animation and illustration and - after wasting 5 years learning that me and architecture school don't see eye to eye - I've decided to look for an adequate animation school in the UK, move to the UK and pursue this dang talent of mine. In the UK.

    I have 2 questions:

    1. What school would you recommend?

    My biggest worry is that the art professors themselves won't be interested in the style of art that I want to develop. I've had this problem in Architecture School - my profs weren't mean or difficult, not at all, but they often encouraged a modern, stale style of architecture that left a bad taste in my mouth and whenever I tried to do my own thing it was an uphill battle that often results with a bad grade.

    There's 2 really cool podcast episodes from Chris Oatley's Artcast that illustrate this problem.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyphmeFv5us with Losih

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPLrf7whTfw with Jenn Ely

    Basically both of them had a difficult time in art college. Loish was actively discouraged by her professors because her style was too commercial and "gurly" and they wanted the more respectable fine art direction. Jen Ely went to a school where almost no one taught the basic drawing skills because the zeitgeist there was "What is art? Art is anything" schlock.

    There are a lot of stories like these in the art world. You need to be in tune with your professors, otherwise your personal development is going to be a one-man show - or worse yet - hindered.

    There's a lot I can talk about my style, but if you want to see for yourself and maybe get a better idea what's suited for me, I've posted some of my work here:

    http://forum.svslearn.com/topic/1210...imation-school

    2. How to I send my portfolio through UCAS.

    I'm currently writing my personal statement in the UCAS application form and I don't know how to send a portfolio of my work. The way I see it I can:

    1. post them on a behance account and paste the link in the statement
    2. same as 1. except make a artist webpage (it's going to take more time)
    3. make a detailed presentation of my drawings with commentaries in a PDF file and sent it somehow (I don't know how)

    If any of you applied to an artschool through UCAS, how did you sent them a portfolio?
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    Can't speak for a specific university that caters to animation, but I applied for Graphic Design and the portfolio process is tailored to the university. Usually, you apply through UCAS, and the universities will ask you for samples of your work afterwards. I had to wait a few days after sending my UCAS application to be told to then submit my portfolio. Each process is different. For example, Edinburgh and Glasgow had their own individual portfolio portals where I had to upload images of my work and describe them per the university's wishes. Loughborough and Southampton just asked for any online portfolio website to put a select number of my images on (I put my UCAS ID Code in those portfolios' description to verify that the work was mine). For Falmouth, I chose to go for a portfolio interview to the actual university and have a one on one discussion with the admission officer.
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    (Original post by marcsazy)
    Usually, you apply through UCAS, and the universities will ask you for samples of your work afterwards. I had to wait a few days after sending my UCAS application to be told to then submit my portfolio.
    Thanks marc.

    So at this stage I only need to focus on my personal letter.

    That's so weird for me and so different from how things are done in Romania that I still need to wrap my head around that.

    That's good news anyway. It means I have more time to get my portfolio in top shape.

    How did you get along with your teachers? Did you feel like you were on the same page, or did they hinder your development at any point?
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    (Original post by Alex Tautu)
    Thanks marc.
    Glad to be of help!

    (Original post by Alex Tautu)
    How did you get along with your teachers? Did you feel like you were on the same page, or did they hinder your development at any point?
    I get along with them amazingly! I have two teachers for art and 1 for graphics, and they coordinated with each other to help me get my portfolio in shape, since I have both art and graphics work to show. They really encouraged me and advised me on what to include (definitely worked - I got into my top choices for university!).
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    (Original post by Alex Tautu)
    Hi and greetings from Iasi, Romania

    Here's my conundrum: I love animation and illustration and - after wasting 5 years learning that me and architecture school don't see eye to eye - I've decided to look for an adequate animation school in the UK, move to the UK and pursue this dang talent of mine. In the UK.

    I have 2 questions:

    1. What school would you recommend?

    My biggest worry is that the art professors themselves won't be interested in the style of art that I want to develop. I've had this problem in Architecture School - my profs weren't mean or difficult, not at all, but they often encouraged a modern, stale style of architecture that left a bad taste in my mouth and whenever I tried to do my own thing it was an uphill battle that often results with a bad grade.

    There's 2 really cool podcast episodes from Chris Oatley's Artcast that illustrate this problem.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyphmeFv5us with Losih

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPLrf7whTfw with Jenn Ely

    Basically both of them had a difficult time in art college. Loish was actively discouraged by her professors because her style was too commercial and "gurly" and they wanted the more respectable fine art direction. Jen Ely went to a school where almost no one taught the basic drawing skills because the zeitgeist there was "What is art? Art is anything" schlock.

    There are a lot of stories like these in the art world. You need to be in tune with your professors, otherwise your personal development is going to be a one-man show - or worse yet - hindered.

    There's a lot I can talk about my style, but if you want to see for yourself and maybe get a better idea what's suited for me, I've posted some of my work here:

    http://forum.svslearn.com/topic/1210...imation-school

    2. How to I send my portfolio through UCAS.

    I'm currently writing my personal statement in the UCAS application form and I don't know how to send a portfolio of my work. The way I see it I can:

    1. post them on a behance account and paste the link in the statement
    2. same as 1. except make a artist webpage (it's going to take more time)
    3. make a detailed presentation of my drawings with commentaries in a PDF file and sent it somehow (I don't know how)

    If any of you applied to an artschool through UCAS, how did you sent them a portfolio?
    Hi there

    Have you heard of Ravensbourne? we are based in London! We offer the courses you're interested in! Click here for more info. It would be better for you to visit us as well so you can ask questions to the students and tutors! Here is our open day! Also you can contact [email protected] or [email protected] if you're an EU resident if you have any questions about applying.

    Lastly, normally if you're ask for an interview you bring your portfolio with you

    Good luck and hope this helps!
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    I've heard that Kingston University does a very good Animation Illustration course, where you specialise into either animation or illustration after one year. Best of luck!
 
 
 
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