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    Hello, I am an international student from Brazil hoping to do a masters course in the UK. I got an unconditional offer to study at UAL in the MA Character Animation course and I was just wondering if it is a good school?
    I've found several threads in this forum discussing UAL however most of them focus on LCC, with some people saying it's great and others that it's garbage. What about CSM? Is it good? Or the same as LCC?
    Going from Brazil to the UK is a huge step and I just want to make sure it's the right one.

    thank you
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    Central St Martins is very good. Congratulations on getting an unconditional offer.
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    Thank you very much!
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    You might hear bad things about the Foundation course there, but higher level courses, like the one you have an offer for, have a very good reputation! Central Saint Martins is supposed to be amazing, so congratulations! (:
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    Wow, thank you so much. I'm feeling much better now about this. I'd read articles and posts on CSM but given the reviews from some of the other colleges from UAL, I thought it better to ask.
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    (Original post by whydocowsfall)
    You might hear bad things about the Foundation course there, but higher level courses, like the one you have an offer for, have a very good reputation! Central Saint Martins is supposed to be amazing, so congratulations! (:
    What bad things?? i'm going there in september...
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    What bad things? :0 I'm going there in September hope i haven't made the wrong choice!
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    (Original post by n.kar)
    What bad things? :0 I'm going there in September hope i haven't made the wrong choice!
    Ah sorry for freaking you out! I wasn't really thinking about what I was writing at the time, so I was probably unclear - basically a few people complain about the foundation year but it's not really because of CSM, it's more about the problems with foundation courses in general (which will be the same pretty much anywhere you go, and aren't really an issue at all if you work hard!)

    CSM is a really great art school, so congratulations on getting a place! I'm sure you'll love it and I'm really sorry for worrying you!
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    Quite a late reply but did you do the masters? I’m looking at it now and am wondering how it is
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    Hi, I’m doing fine art at csm so I can tell you about the general vibe and fine art but not animation unfortunately, I think csm I first found it pretentious, a lot of people think they’re the bees knees and their the next Gucci but I have grown to feel more comfortable and settle down. Still there is undoubtedly an air of intimidation and arrogance for me personally still. However there is a very good freedom of expression and you can present yourself however you want which is great. Fine art is shockingly bad and I’m probably going to drop out, there’s no structure or teaching and I barely see my tutors, my only instruction is to ‘make art’ which is great besides there’s no studio space and no help if I need it for a self motivated project. I feel like UAL ,in my own personal experience, has been made into a business more facilitating the needs of their pockets instead of the students, There is my very honest opinion. Sorry I ranted, Hope this helps.X
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    I am applying to the fine art course at CSM... so in general you wouldn't recommend it? What is the ratio of Chinese students briefly? I am from China myself so not being offensive.. haha thank you xx
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    Hi. I just got an offer for the same course, and I was wondering if you had found out more information in the meantime. I actually went on a tour of the university a couple of weeks ago, and the place looks pretty awesome and has good facilities. The tour was given by the course leader, who seemed like a reasonable person (who has apparently been teaching this for twenty years); he's also very committed to getting his students to a point where they can successfully find employment.
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    It has a great reputation
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    (Original post by di_br)
    Hello, I am an international student from Brazil hoping to do a masters course in the UK. I got an unconditional offer to study at UAL in the MA Character Animation course and I was just wondering if it is a good school?
    I've found several threads in this forum discussing UAL however most of them focus on LCC, with some people saying it's great and others that it's garbage. What about CSM? Is it good? Or the same as LCC?
    Going from Brazil to the UK is a huge step and I just want to make sure it's the right one.

    thank you
    Hi there!

    Firstly I want to say congratulations on your offers! Secondly I would like to give a little disclaimer in the sense that I myself have not studied on your course so I’m not sure how the course over the two colleges compare personally. What I can say is that I’ve personally studied at UAL, Central Saint Martin’s (CSM) for the past two years now , one year on foundation and I just finished my first year in my Undergraduate course and I love it !

    I think the tutors are really good at UAL in general so in terms of the teaching things will be pretty much the same accross both colleges. At CSM from my own experience the tutors give feedback and their advice on your work , they guide you but won’t necessarily hold your hand through the tough times while studying ( unless your really lost) . In terms of the design work I feel like they do this to allow you to go through the process of design , trial and error by yourself as you will be doing yourself as a creative once you complete your time studying .

    The space and resources at CSM are great . We have our amazing workshops and library , the space itself is an amazing creative hub , it is alive and vivacious! I’m clearly being a little biased but I would advice you to keep looking into CSM . I love it here however my student expierence will not be everyone else’s . Some people will love it at CSM others just don’t . I think that at the end of the day you will only know how much you love or hate the place once you’ve experienced it for yourself . Same goes for LCC !

    Do talk to current/ ex students , if the opportunity arises have a chat with some of the teaching staff . Go over to our official page and look at the facilities available at both colleges etc . The link is below -

    http://search.arts.ac.uk/s/search.ht...t-site-search=

    The worst case scenario is that you don’t like it at CSM or LCC , but then there is always opportunity to possibly transfer.

    I would strongly advice you take a leap of faith in coming over to UAL to study, London is truly an amazing place to study the arts !

    Well done again, and I hope I helped!
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    Memunatu Barrie
    1st year BA Textiles Design student at UAL:Central Saint Martin’s
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    Congratulations on your offer! I graduated from the MA Character Animation course at CSM a few years ago and really loved it. The tutors are great and almost always available to talk to the students and offer guidance, but since the course is an MA you're expected to do a lot on your own. My advice is put a lot of effort into your animation and try to learn from everyone, including your fellow students (most of them will be talented artist in their own day). Don't just finish an animation exercise and then forget about it, try to always be improving and getting feedback and experimenting. Work on your drawing skills and attend the free life drawing class at CSM (it's one once a week). Don't be afraid to ask for help!You'll learn different softwares, but I would advise that you pick either 2D or 3D animation from the start. The current industry standards are Maya, TvPaint, and Adobe Animate (previously know as Flash). Toonboom and CelAction are also used, but not as many studios are using them here in London. Almost all of my classmates work in animation now and the groups who came later are also doing well, since London has a really healthy animation industry. The tutor sets up many industry days and you'll be given a mentor in your first month or so. I really hope you enjoy the course! Animation is wonderful and I made so many friends on this course.
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    (Original post by Houmou1)
    Hi, I’m doing fine art at csm so I can tell you about the general vibe and fine art but not animation unfortunately, I think csm I first found it pretentious, a lot of people think they’re the bees knees and their the next Gucci but I have grown to feel more comfortable and settle down. Still there is undoubtedly an air of intimidation and arrogance for me personally still. However there is a very good freedom of expression and you can present yourself however you want which is great. Fine art is shockingly bad and I’m probably going to drop out, there’s no structure or teaching and I barely see my tutors, my only instruction is to ‘make art’ which is great besides there’s no studio space and no help if I need it for a self motivated project. I feel like UAL ,in my own personal experience, has been made into a business more facilitating the needs of their pockets instead of the students, There is my very honest opinion. Sorry I ranted, Hope this helps.X
    Hi! I'm soon going to be on that course😲 Just curious about whether the vibe between each pathway are different..? Also wondering when the pathway will be selected .. thanks x
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    Hi! I'm soon going to be on that course😲 Just curious about whether the vibe between each pathway are different..? Also wondering when the pathway will be selected .. thanks x
    Hey this is really random but I’m also starting this course in September and I was wondering if you know if we have to do any kind of summer project?
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    Did someone started the course? How is it? There are acting clases, in te official page said so. How are your first impressions?
 
 
 
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