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Hello all,
I am prone to be very indecisive, and this is no exception. I currently study fine art at A-Level, and am very good at it, expected to get an A*. My problem is, I cannot decide to do game art or animation and visual effects! My portfolio will be one of a fine art type, full of sketches, paintings, photographs and annotations. I have no idea what I need to provide to get onto either courses. I'm looking at going to Falmouth or Plymouth, but apart from those two unis, I don't really know any leading unis for those industries. I've been constantly googling stats, but I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere. Any advice would be greatly appreciated..
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Hi there,

Plymouth College of Art is a specialist arts institution, we offer a range of creative courses including Fine Art, Animation and Game Arts as well as boasting some of the best state of the art and industry standard equipment available. Check out our website that's full of information on our courses and students. Our next open day is the 4th November and then 6th January following that. We also offer tours on a 1:1 basis should these dates not be accessible for you, feel free to contact us on [email protected].

Hope this helps and hope to meet you soon!

- Jasminne
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Im currently on my second year of college, I study Game Design, Animation and VFX. I suggest if you're coming straight from just using pen and paper you should start learning about 3D modelling softwares (Basics), Compositing and texturing.. etc if will help you alot in Uni or college. I am also looking into universities for the same course as you are I'd advice you to look into Escape Studios (Pearson college), Middlesex University or Bournemouth University those are probabliy the top ones I can suggest.
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Im currently on my second year of college, I study Game Design, Animation and VFX. I suggest if you're coming straight from just using pen and paper you should start learning about 3D modelling softwares (Basics), Compositing and texturing.. etc if will help you alot in Uni or college. I am also looking into universities for the same course as you are I'd advice you to look into Escape Studios (Pearson college), Middlesex University or Bournemouth University those are probabliy the top ones I can suggest.
Hello N-xt,

Nice to hearing that you are interested in studying with us!
Do you have any questions about the course?
I am a student here at Middlesex, feel free to ask any question

Have a great weekend
Ludovica
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(Original post by blinkedkiwi)
Hello all,
I am prone to be very indecisive, and this is no exception. I currently study fine art at A-Level, and am very good at it, expected to get an A*. My problem is, I cannot decide to do game art or animation and visual effects! My portfolio will be one of a fine art type, full of sketches, paintings, photographs and annotations. I have no idea what I need to provide to get onto either courses. I'm looking at going to Falmouth or Plymouth, but apart from those two unis, I don't really know any leading unis for those industries. I've been constantly googling stats, but I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere. Any advice would be greatly appreciated..
Hi blinkedkiwi

I thought you might like to hear about Ravensbourne. We are a digital media and design based institution located in London. We are taught by experienced staff and industry experts and have an excellent 95.3 per cent employability rate.

it may help to look at our Game Design and Animation course. Both cover a wide range of pracitices that equip you for employment. There are plenty opportunities to collaborate on live briefs and meet industry professionals.

You could visit us at our open days to meet the tutors and find out more about the courses we offer. We also offer portfolio workshops at the open day. Perhaps this could help you understand what you need to get into the course you want.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Aliya
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Hello N-xt,

Nice to hearing that you are interested in studying with us!
Do you have any questions about the course?
I am a student here at Middlesex, feel free to ask any question

Have a great weekend
Ludovica
Hello Ludovica, I also want to study animation and I'm very interested in Middlesex University, however, I'm having a hard time choosing because I want to make sure I get in and I am trying my hardest, I'm spanish and everything I've been told is that it's very difficult to get into uni there, is that true? how hard is it to get accepted?
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Hello Ludovica, I also want to study animation and I'm very interested in Middlesex University, however, I'm having a hard time choosing because I want to make sure I get in and I am trying my hardest, I'm spanish and everything I've been told is that it's very difficult to get into uni there, is that true? how hard is it to get accepted?

Hello loonsl,

Nice to hear that you are interested in studying at Middlesex
I am an international student as well (I am from Italy!) and it was not too difficult to get in
You would have to do the IELTS (english test) and get a 6.0 as overall with 5.5 in each component
You will also have to do an audition and create a portfolio
Here is a video on how to create a portfolio:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNRSjpCx864

Do you have any other questions or anything you would like to know?

Have a great day!
Ludovica
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Hello loonsl,

Nice to hear that you are interested in studying at Middlesex
I am an international student as well (I am from Italy!) and it was not too difficult to get in
You would have to do the IELTS (english test) and get a 6.0 as overall with 5.5 in each component
You will also have to do an audition and create a portfolio
Here is a video on how to create a portfolio:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNRSjpCx864

Do you have any other questions or anything you would like to know?

Have a great day!
Ludovica
Thank you very much Ludovica. I have another doubt, as a Spanish student I took the artistic Bachillerato, which means during my two last years at high school, I haven't been taking maths, but art related subjects instead. Would that be a problem?
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Thank you very much Ludovica. I have another doubt, as a Spanish student I took the artistic Bachillerato, which means during my two last years at high school, I haven't been taking maths, but art related subjects instead. Would that be a problem?

Hello Loonsl,

Did you have a good weekend?
That is not a problem as you are not required to have Maths!
Just make sure that when you do the application you show your interest for the subject and describe the things that you have done related to it!

Let me know if you have any other questions!
Ludovica
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Hello Loonsl,

Did you have a good weekend?
That is not a problem as you are not required to have Maths!
Just make sure that when you do the application you show your interest for the subject and describe the things that you have done related to it!

Let me know if you have any other questions!
Ludovica
Yes I did!
Thank you very much, you really helped me. I have a few questions left but they're regarding international applications and I feel like I hijacked this thread
I'm not sure how to fill the education section, because I don't know if I should translate my subjects and results into the English equivalent or how to do it.

Thank you very much for your help!
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Yes I did!
Thank you very much, you really helped me. I have a few questions left but they're regarding international applications and I feel like I hijacked this thread
I'm not sure how to fill the education section, because I don't know if I should translate my subjects and results into the English equivalent or how to do it.

Thank you very much for your help!

Morning!

I asked our admission team and they said that:
"International applicants have to officially translate their relevant qualifications which also require an official stamp and signature. (Meaning these qualifications cannot be translated by self or through family or friends, it would need to be done via an official organisation)."

Hope it helps! Have a great day
Ludovica
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Hello all,
I am prone to be very indecisive, and this is no exception. I currently study fine art at A-Level, and am very good at it, expected to get an A*. My problem is, I cannot decide to do game art or animation and visual effects! My portfolio will be one of a fine art type, full of sketches, paintings, photographs and annotations. I have no idea what I need to provide to get onto either courses. I'm looking at going to Falmouth or Plymouth, but apart from those two unis, I don't really know any leading unis for those industries. I've been constantly googling stats, but I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere. Any advice would be greatly appreciated..
Hiya blinkedkiwi,

I guess the main thing that you need to think about is if you want to travel or stay local to wear you are. There are some really good universities near you, with Plymouth and Exeter being close, and Falmouth have some excellent courses, although if you want to travel further up the coast then for a general mixture of Modelling/ animation with a little bit of VFX and post production, we run a course in Bournemouth called the CollegeCGI which sounds like the sort of thing you may be after. There is also the popular Bournemouth University degrees over at the main campus with BU.

Were you looking at travelling? If not, Falmouth have this course :
https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/animation

Maybe worth reading up on it if you aren't looking at traveling too far?

Best of luck and if you are up around Bournemouth or want to know more about open days/ taster events etc, get in touch,

Thanks,

Alex

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Bournemouth & Poole College

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