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I've got 10 days left to decide on my 5 choices for animation.
I'm just curious about where other people are considering or applying?
So far I'm looking at applying for Portsmouth, Hertfordshire and AUB (as I've heard they do 3D too?)

Other choices I'm considering are:
UWE Bristol
BU
NUA
Less-arty places like Northumbria, DMU, Coventry.

I'm worried about choosing somewhere that doesn't have the Creative Skillset Tick as it's all anyone ever seems to talk about regarding Animation at degree level.
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What kind of animation are you interested in, would probably be the major question - traditional, stop-motion, 3D/computer VFX etc; programmes vary pretty widely in what they offer and what they are known for.

AUB does all kinds I believe, and BU has some specialism in VFX/3D I believe. I'm not really familiar with the others unfortunately PQ might be able to advise on animation more broadly?

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Although you haven't listed it, when my sister was there ARU had quite a few students focusing on stop motion (and a couple went on to Aardman a couple years out of the course), but they did have a lot of traditional and some computer based stuff (although from the degree show I went to, the latter seemed a lot weaker for them at the time...this was about 6 years ago though). I got the impression there was more in the traditional realm compared to others though due to the course there being quite closely linked to their illustration course, and the stop motion people might've just been a feature of that one cohort.


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What kind of animation are you interested in, would probably be the major question - traditional, stop-motion, 3D/computer VFX etc; programmes vary pretty widely in what they offer and what they are known for.

AUB does all kinds I believe, and BU has some specialism in VFX/3D I believe. I'm not really familiar with the others unfortunately PQ might be able to advise on animation more broadly?

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Although you haven't listed it, when my sister was there ARU had quite a few students focusing on stop motion (and a couple went on to Aardman a couple years out of the course), but they did have a lot of traditional and some computer based stuff (although from the degree show I went to, the latter seemed a lot weaker for them at the time...this was about 6 years ago though). I got the impression there was more in the traditional realm compared to others though due to the course there being quite closely linked to their illustration course, and the stop motion people might've just been a feature of that one cohort.



Hi! Thanks for the reply. I'm interested in learning computer 2D and 3D/CGI. I don't know which I'll choose to specialise in but as I know there's a bigger market generally for 3D it will most likely be that (provided I'm any good at it!)

Thanks for suggesting Anglia Ruskin, I'll have a look at it as I do like that area too. I think my main choice is Herts at the moment but after spending two years stuck at home due to poor health I'd love to go to a big city with a lot of nightlife (though obviously course takes priority).
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Hi! Thanks for the reply. I'm interested in learning computer 2D and 3D/CGI. I don't know which I'll choose to specialise in but as I know there's a bigger market generally for 3D it will most likely be that (provided I'm any good at it!)

Thanks for suggesting Anglia Ruskin, I'll have a look at it as I do like that area too. I think my main choice is Herts at the moment but after spending two years stuck at home due to poor health I'd love to go to a big city with a lot of nightlife (though obviously course takes priority).
following your thread, since in similar boat here. If your portfolio has strong illustration in it, I suggest Herts (close to london, great for ani, so yes), AUB (ok uni area, good rep), BU (who wouldnt want a top ani course and ok uni area), NUA if you like super artsy uni (yet how is that town to live in?) But then again...I am not local..(from usa) so what do I know?

Can I ask why you don't have USW, NTU, Ravensbourne, Teesside, Solent or UCA on your list?

not to throw another to your long list, but have you seen LEEDS Arts uni or Plymouth College of Art?
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(Original post by ClockworkPaws)
I've got 10 days left to decide on my 5 choices for animation.
I'm just curious about where other people are considering or applying?
So far I'm looking at applying for Portsmouth, Hertfordshire and AUB (as I've heard they do 3D too?)

Other choices I'm considering are:
UWE Bristol
BU
NUA
Less-arty places like Northumbria, DMU, Coventry.

I'm worried about choosing somewhere that doesn't have the Creative Skillset Tick as it's all anyone ever seems to talk about regarding Animation at degree level.
(Original post by sparkylab)
following your thread, since in similar boat here. If your portfolio has strong illustration in it, I suggest Herts (close to london, great for ani, so yes), AUB (ok uni area, good rep), BU (who wouldnt want a top ani course and ok uni area), NUA if you like super artsy uni (yet how is that town to live in?) But then again...I am not local..(from usa) so what do I know?

Can I ask why you don't have USW, NTU, Ravensbourne, Teesside, Solent or UCA on your list?

not to throw another to your long list, but have you seen LEEDS Arts uni or Plymouth College of Art?
I've moved this thread to the design forum as there are lots of students considering this course here
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following your thread, since in similar boat here. If your portfolio has strong illustration in it, I suggest Herts (close to london, great for ani, so yes), AUB (ok uni area, good rep), BU (who wouldnt want a top ani course and ok uni area), NUA if you like super artsy uni (yet how is that town to live in?) But then again...I am not local..(from usa) so what do I know?

Can I ask why you don't have USW, NTU, Ravensbourne, Teesside, Solent or UCA on your list?

not to throw another to your long list, but have you seen LEEDS Arts uni or Plymouth College of Art?
Herts is fighting for my top choice alongside AUB (I want to specialise in 3D so Herts is better than AUB) but the location REALLY puts me off. I've just spent 2 years being treated with and recovering from chemotherapy and I want to go to a university with a busy lifestyle i.e. somewhere in a large town or city so I can make up for some of the experiences I've missed out on.

BU give me terrible vibes. This is my second time applying and the first time I applied they were unorganised, unhelpful, refused to let me speak to a student to ask about the course and told me they 'didn't want my work' on their course - yet gave me an unconditional offer anyway. I'm considering reapplying but sometimes the uni with the best reputation for the course doesn't mean it's the best uni overall for you.

I'm uninterested in applying to colleges like Plymouth and Leeds simply because they're not held in very high regard.

NUA I have already applied to before and when I went for my interview, the student rep I was with could only find bad things to say about it.

Solent isn't held in very high regard. Ravensbourne is expensive as it is in London and I've heard people say it's more like a college. USW is too far away for me. Because of the chemo I've had I'd rather stay a bit closer to home (otherwise I'd be applying for somewhere in Scotland).

NTU is one I am only now researching. Teesside is not a good uni - maybe it's better for animation but the area then puts me off again. I am considering UCA although I did my Foundation year there and it was one of the worst years of my life for varying reasons so I'm a bit reluctant to look at it!
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I've moved this thread to the design forum as there are lots of students considering this course here
Thank you!
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Herts is fighting for my top choice alongside AUB (I want to specialise in 3D so Herts is better than AUB) but the location REALLY puts me off. I've just spent 2 years being treated with and recovering from chemotherapy and I want to go to a university with a busy lifestyle i.e. somewhere in a large town or city so I can make up for some of the experiences I've missed out on.

BU give me terrible vibes. This is my second time applying and the first time I applied they were unorganised, unhelpful, refused to let me speak to a student to ask about the course and told me they 'didn't want my work' on their course - yet gave me an unconditional offer anyway. I'm considering reapplying but sometimes the uni with the best reputation for the course doesn't mean it's the best uni overall for you.

I'm uninterested in applying to colleges like Plymouth and Leeds simply because they're not held in very high regard.

NUA I have already applied to before and when I went for my interview, the student rep I was with could only find bad things to say about it.

Solent isn't held in very high regard. Ravensbourne is expensive as it is in London and I've heard people say it's more like a college. USW is too far away for me. Because of the chemo I've had I'd rather stay a bit closer to home (otherwise I'd be applying for somewhere in Scotland).

NTU is one I am only now researching. Teesside is not a good uni - maybe it's better for animation but the area then puts me off again. I am considering UCA although I did my Foundation year there and it was one of the worst years of my life for varying reasons so I'm a bit reluctant to look at it!
So sorry you have been ill and went through chemo!

I get you on all points above and your comments on each uni have been soooo helpful. It's exactly what I thought (been doing loads of reading , researching) and you verified most of what I thought.
what location was your foundations course at for UCA? Rochester animation looks so good with a balance of 2D and focus on 3D, okay town (I think?) and not extremely far from London. I may keep it on my list.

you said a student only had "bad" things to say about NUA, yet it is still on your list? did you like it anyways, or did I misunderstand?
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So sorry you have been ill and went through chemo!

I get you on all points above and your comments on each uni have been soooo helpful. It's exactly what I thought (been doing loads of reading , researching) and you verified most of what I thought.
what location was your foundations course at for UCA? Rochester animation looks so good with a balance of 2D and focus on 3D, okay town (I think?) and not extremely far from London. I may keep it on my list.

you said a student only had "bad" things to say about NUA, yet it is still on your list? did you like it anyways, or did I misunderstand?
I liked Norwich so figured I'd keep it on there, but after chatting to an old friend who is now studyin at AUB since September yesterday I'm no longer interested in it. They said they had applied there and also weren't impressed so I'm discounting it now!

I was at UCA Canterbury. Rochester looks pretty good but one thing I didn't enjoy about my foundation was the typical 'artsy fartsy' feel - I could do a splat on a piece of paper and it was considered work... Their animation courses will no doubt be a lot more focused than a foundation (where you're encouraged to explore) I'm looking for a course that focuses more on teaching me animation the industry is looking for.
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I liked Norwich so figured I'd keep it on there, but after chatting to an old friend who is now studyin at AUB since September yesterday I'm no longer interested in it. They said they had applied there and also weren't impressed so I'm discounting it now!

I was at UCA Canterbury. Rochester looks pretty good but one thing I didn't enjoy about my foundation was the typical 'artsy fartsy' feel - I could do a splat on a piece of paper and it was considered work... Their animation courses will no doubt be a lot more focused than a foundation (where you're encouraged to explore) I'm looking for a course that focuses more on teaching me animation the industry is looking for.
UCA- rochester- I sure hope this is what the industry is looking for because it is ScreenSkills accredited and I thought that meant good things and in line with what the industry is looking for? can you elaborate on what you meant? thanks!!

what is your friend at AUB studying?

It sounds like AUB is great. Why do you think it is not focused on 3D animation? It is ScreenSkills ticked. One starts in Animation Production then splits to specialize:

You can choose to complete you degree in one of the following named awards:

BA (Hons) Animation Production (2D Animation)
***BA (Hons) Animation Production (CG Animation)** <<<<<<<<<
BA (Hons) Animation Production (Stop Motion Animation)
BA (Hons) Animation Production (Visual Development for Animation)

EDIT*** so looking more into AUB and by description and work shown it doesn't look so 3D after all!!! hmmmmm.
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UCA- rochester- I sure hope this is what the industry is looking for because it is ScreenSkills accredited and I thought that meant good things and in line with what the industry is looking for? can you elaborate on what you meant? thanks!!

what is your friend at AUB studying?

It sounds like AUB is great. Why do you think it is not focused on 3D animation? It is ScreenSkills ticked. One starts in Animation Production then splits to specialize:

You can choose to complete you degree in one of the following named awards:

BA (Hons) Animation Production (2D Animation)
***BA (Hons) Animation Production (CG Animation)** <<<<<<<<<
BA (Hons) Animation Production (Stop Motion Animation)
BA (Hons) Animation Production (Visual Development for Animation)

EDIT*** so looking more into AUB and by description and work shown it doesn't look so 3D after all!!! hmmmmm.
I was talking about my Foundation degree at the Canterbury branch. Though for example, their Farnham branch seems to encourage more experimental art animation rather than 'industry' animation i.e. the sorts of things companies will have you work on. Remember this is all based on how I see it so my word isn't fact! :^)

AUB is known for being VERY good for 2D. You can go into CG, stop-motion and vis dev in second year but your first year is spent JUST drawing at a lightbox. Whilst they've got a great reputation I don't think 2D is what I want to specialise in and ultimately I want a course that allows me to dip into everything in the first year. AUB is still on my list as I'm going to email them asking more about 3D. My friend currently at AUB who told me all this is studying Animation Production.
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I've got 10 days left to decide on my 5 choices for animation.
I'm just curious about where other people are considering or applying?
So far I'm looking at applying for Portsmouth, Hertfordshire and AUB (as I've heard they do 3D too?)

Other choices I'm considering are:
UWE Bristol
BU
NUA
Less-arty places like Northumbria, DMU, Coventry.

I'm worried about choosing somewhere that doesn't have the Creative Skillset Tick as it's all anyone ever seems to talk about regarding Animation at degree level.
I've been to loads of open days and my favourite is split between Hertfordshire and Nottingham Trent. The student work at Hertfordshire was seriously incredible and I got really good vibes from the whole open day, but the area is really awful I can't lie... I got equally good vibes at Nottingham Trent, the student work was awesome and the city is lively and cool. I just get loads of different opinions whenever I research the best universities for animation so I don't know, I hope you find the best university for you 😊
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I've been to loads of open days and my favourite is split between Hertfordshire and Nottingham Trent. The student work at Hertfordshire was seriously incredible and I got really good vibes from the whole open day, but the area is really awful I can't lie... I got equally good vibes at Nottingham Trent, the student work was awesome and the city is lively and cool. I just get loads of different opinions whenever I research the best universities for animation so I don't know, I hope you find the best university for you 😊
thanks for the info! what other UNIs looked good (open houses you looked at) ? like what would be 3rd, 4th...
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thanks for the info! what other UNIs looked good (open houses you looked at) ? like what would be 3rd, 4th...
Leeds Arts Uni was good, the open day was really welcoming, everyone was so friendly and the student work was great. I didn't like it as much as my top choices but I still think it's a really good uni! There's also De Montfort Uni which is ok but they only do 2D animation, the city (Leicester) is my personal favourite area of all my choices. Lincoln Uni was sort of ok but I don't know, the quality of the student work wasn't excellent or anything, it was pretty good though.
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Leeds Arts Uni was good, the open day was really welcoming, everyone was so friendly and the student work was great. I didn't like it as much as my top choices but I still think it's a really good uni! There's also De Montfort Uni which is ok but they only do 2D animation, the city (Leicester) is my personal favourite area of all my choices. Lincoln Uni was sort of ok but I don't know, the quality of the student work wasn't excellent or anything, it was pretty good though.
this was helpful, since they are all on my list still....
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I've been to loads of open days and my favourite is split between Hertfordshire and Nottingham Trent. The student work at Hertfordshire was seriously incredible and I got really good vibes from the whole open day, but the area is really awful I can't lie... I got equally good vibes at Nottingham Trent, the student work was awesome and the city is lively and cool. I just get loads of different opinions whenever I research the best universities for animation so I don't know, I hope you find the best university for you 😊
Hey!

I've never been to NTU so no idea whether the vibe is right for me or not, but I'm interested in their course - it's just that Herts has the creative skillset tick accreditation whereas NTU does not. That worries me!

Does NTU have a big online animation course community? One thing that really attracts me about Herts is they have their own online forums specifically for the course so you can share your work and get feedback. I think it's called 3Dhit.co.uk and you can see what sort of your you'll be producing if you go there. The more connections you make when studying animation, the better!
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Leeds Arts Uni was good, the open day was really welcoming, everyone was so friendly and the student work was great. I didn't like it as much as my top choices but I still think it's a really good uni! There's also De Montfort Uni which is ok but they only do 2D animation, the city (Leicester) is my personal favourite area of all my choices. Lincoln Uni was sort of ok but I don't know, the quality of the student work wasn't excellent or anything, it was pretty good though.
hey...do you have any thoughts/comments about Staffordshire or Solent?
(I know you are ani, I'm looking more vfx)
how are these unis and they towns they are in?
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hey...do you have any thoughts/comments about Staffordshire or Solent?
(I know you are ani, I'm looking more vfx)
how are these unis and they towns they are in?
Wish I could help but I don't actually know, I never considered these unis so haven't been to the open days...
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hey...do you have any thoughts/comments about Staffordshire or Solent?
(I know you are ani, I'm looking more vfx)
how are these unis and they towns they are in?
Hi sparkylab


I noticed you'd mentioned us so I just wanted to pop up and say hello!

Did you have any particular questions about the Animation course at Staffs? Also in terms of the location, I'm going to ask one of our Student Communications Ambassadors to hop on and tell you a bit more about the area so please bear with us

Thanks

Amy
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hey...do you have any thoughts/comments about Staffordshire or Solent?
(I know you are ani, I'm looking more vfx)
how are these unis and they towns they are in?
Hi, sparkylab!

I’m Hayley, one of the Student Comms Ambassadors at Staffordshire University. As you’ve mentioned us, I just thought I’d tell you a bit about Staffordshire from a student perspective.

In terms of the town it is in as you’ve asked about, Staffordshire University’s main campus is in Stoke-on-Trent. Although made up of six large towns, Stoke is actually a city and because of it having so many towns, it is a very diverse place culturally. If you don’t have any prior knowledge of Stoke-on-Trent, definitely give it a search online, as there is so much history here within the close, creative community. Unsurprisingly, this makes it a fantastic place to have a University and personally, I adore it. I’ve been a student here for 2 and a half years now and I really don’t want to leave! If you’re looking for a place where everything is on your doorstep, there’s a real sense of community, the travel links are excellent and is relatively cheap to live in as a student then Staffordshire could be for you, just like it was for me!

If you have any specific questions about the Uni, I am happy to answer them here or through direct messaging if you prefer.

All the best with your decision,
Hayley
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