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I'm considering this university. I watched the showreels and the artworks are really interesting. However I have a slight doubt about the course itself: I noticed there're lots of 2D, stop-motion and traditional animation, but no 3D — which is what I was really looking forward to.
I would like to know if the students have works with 3D or it's not something much explored there. Thank you in advance.
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Just look up 3D Animation courses and they should cover the more 3D aspects of art compared to Digital Media or Animation.
Or you can look up their course details for sections that have some 3D stuff being taught.
A good animation university should always have a degree showreel or even better multiple student showreels, if the student decided to not do 3D in an Animation course that explores 3D in their units then it was their overall decision/interest to not focus on it.

But honestly regardless of 3D or 2D all you want to end up with is a decent portfolio which will help you get a job and determine your value, a degree in a creative course is not really going to give you and advantage in getting a job or anything but it does give you an excuse to grind for 3 years for a decent portfolio. The courses are coursework based too so you'll be on your or their pc all day doing your projects and learning about half the things in your own time especially how to fix software glitches or cool tips and techniques. University isn't necessary but if you want to go ahead but just know youre putting money on the line.
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I'm considering this university. I watched the showreels and the artworks are really interesting. However I have a slight doubt about the course itself: I noticed there're lots of 2D, stop-motion and traditional animation, but no 3D — which is what I was really looking forward to.
I would like to know if the students have works with 3D or it's not something much explored there. Thank you in advance.
Westminster uses Adobe Suite, Dragonframe (stop motion), TV Paint (2D) and Rostrum animation. IF they use anything for 3d animation, you'll have to seriously ask them.

here are some 3d animation uni from my list:

Middlesex Uni has a 3D animation/ games course, have you looked into that one?

UCA -(Rochester)
Hertfordshire Uni
Staffordshire
Bournmouth Uni.
Ravensbourne
Uni of Portsmouth
UWTSD
Manchester School of Art
AUB (still wondering how much 3d though, might have the software for it though)
Teesside
Falmouth Uni
Wrexham Glyndwr
Solent
NTU
USW
Cardiff Met
UWE
Uni of Lincoln
Northumbria Uni
Uni of Chichester
New Bucks
Leeds Arts (seems 2d but saw 2 quick 3d in their student compilation)
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Westminster uses Adobe Suite, Dragonframe (stop motion), TV Paint (2D) and Rostrum animation. IF they use anything for 3d animation, you'll have to seriously ask them.

here are some 3d animation uni from my list:

Middlesex Uni has a 3D animation/ games course, have you looked into that one?

UCA -(Rochester)
Hertfordshire Uni
Staffordshire
Bournmouth Uni.
Ravensbourne
Uni of Portsmouth
UWTSD
Manchester School of Art
AUB (still wondering how much 3d though, might have the software for it though)
Teesside
Falmouth Uni
Wrexham Glyndwr
Solent
NTU
USW
Cardiff Met
UWE
Uni of Lincoln
Northumbria Uni
Uni of Chichester
New Bucks
Leeds Arts (seems 2d but saw 2 quick 3d in their student compilation)
Out of the list i'd only suggest Bournemouth or Hertfordshire which i had a conditional. I had an unconditional offer at Westminister, UAL and Middlesex university back then. I would like to say first of all to not panic about what uni is the best at the course but do look at what softwares (they HAVE TO be industry standard), facilities (drawing tablets, renderfarm, strong pcs, good library) and if they teach you the basic dos and donts of those softwares enough for you to be comfortable/ make things indepententlly and teach you the fundimentals of traditional/2d art. This varies on what you want to do too like 2d animation or 3d or visual effect stuff.

Second of all if you do not end up in Bournemouth or wherever do not be upset as the course is coursework based and you will basically be tought how things work and how to work on things and then the rest will be up to you to create things. It means the uni will teach you things but because you will be working on things indepentently on your own projects you shouldn't really rely on the uni wether its "good" or "bad" to spoonfeed you everything, you should actually develop and self teach a lot of extra incredible skills throughout the years. If not, you and the rest of your class will be graduating and carrying similar portfolio contents varying in skill levels and it wouldn't make your portfolio very unique.

There are lots of tutorials and other resources online that will help you throughout your course. Uni will be there to help you aim the right way but it will not gurantee a good portfolio by the end or improvement in skill or a job, those will be completely up to the student and their hardwork regardless of how fancy the uni seems to be, i just want to give a little heads up as the industry is quite tough, fun, but tough.
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Hi there

The Animation course at Westminster includes all major animation techniques, so if you have a particular interest in 3D animation then you would be able to specialise from year 2 onwards. Please check out our work online by searching for "Westminster animation " at the links below ... this might help to give you a better impression of the range of the course and the techniques that we explore.

Westminster Animation student showreels
Westminster Animation Facebook

Best of luck with your studies.

Kim
Course Enquires Team
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Westminster uses Adobe Suite, Dragonframe (stop motion), TV Paint (2D) and Rostrum animation. IF they use anything for 3d animation, you'll have to seriously ask them.

here are some 3d animation uni from my list:

Middlesex Uni has a 3D animation/ games course, have you looked into that one?

UCA -(Rochester)
Hertfordshire Uni
Staffordshire
Bournmouth Uni.
Ravensbourne
Uni of Portsmouth
UWTSD
Manchester School of Art
AUB (still wondering how much 3d though, might have the software for it though)
Teesside
Falmouth Uni
Wrexham Glyndwr
Solent
NTU
USW
Cardiff Met
UWE
Uni of Lincoln
Northumbria Uni
Uni of Chichester
New Bucks
Leeds Arts (seems 2d but saw 2 quick 3d in their student compilation)
Thanks for mentioning our course sparkylab.

BlueWolf99 - with our course, you'll get the option to specialise in 3D animation if that's your area of interest. Please give me a shout if I can help with anything else.


Thanks

Amy
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Westminster uses Adobe Suite, Dragonframe (stop motion), TV Paint (2D) and Rostrum animation. IF they use anything for 3d animation, you'll have to seriously ask them.

here are some 3d animation uni from my list:

Middlesex Uni has a 3D animation/ games course, have you looked into that one?

UCA -(Rochester)
Hertfordshire Uni
Staffordshire
Bournmouth Uni.
Ravensbourne
Uni of Portsmouth
UWTSD
Manchester School of Art
AUB (still wondering how much 3d though, might have the software for it though)
Teesside
Falmouth Uni
Wrexham Glyndwr
Solent
NTU
USW
Cardiff Met
UWE
Uni of Lincoln
Northumbria Uni
Uni of Chichester
New Bucks
Leeds Arts (seems 2d but saw 2 quick 3d in their student compilation)
We are very proud of our 3D Animation course that is hosted in our brand new state of the art Tech Park. The course is run by two times BAFTA winner Max Tyrie who has worked on films such as The Amazing Spiderman and Suicide Squad.

If you have any more questions - just ask!
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(Original post by sparkylab)
Westminster uses Adobe Suite, Dragonframe (stop motion), TV Paint (2D) and Rostrum animation. IF they use anything for 3d animation, you'll have to seriously ask them.

here are some 3d animation uni from my list:

Middlesex Uni has a 3D animation/ games course, have you looked into that one?

UCA -(Rochester)
Hertfordshire Uni
Staffordshire
Bournmouth Uni.
Ravensbourne
Uni of Portsmouth
UWTSD
Manchester School of Art
AUB (still wondering how much 3d though, might have the software for it though)
Teesside
Falmouth Uni
Wrexham Glyndwr
Solent
NTU
USW
Cardiff Met
UWE
Uni of Lincoln
Northumbria Uni
Uni of Chichester
New Bucks
Leeds Arts (seems 2d but saw 2 quick 3d in their student compilation)
Hey, thanks for giving us a recommendation sparkylab

Hi BlueWolf99,

The Animation course at Ravensbourne lets you specialise in 3D as well as 2D. Our graduates often go on to become 3D generalists. If you want to know more about the course let us know.

Thanks,

Row
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Westminster uses Adobe Suite, Dragonframe (stop motion), TV Paint (2D) and Rostrum animation. IF they use anything for 3d animation, you'll have to seriously ask them.

here are some 3d animation uni from my list:

Middlesex Uni has a 3D animation/ games course, have you looked into that one?

UCA -(Rochester)
Hertfordshire Uni
Staffordshire
Bournmouth Uni.
Ravensbourne
Uni of Portsmouth
UWTSD
Manchester School of Art
AUB (still wondering how much 3d though, might have the software for it though)
Teesside
Falmouth Uni
Wrexham Glyndwr
Solent
NTU
USW
Cardiff Met
UWE
Uni of Lincoln
Northumbria Uni
Uni of Chichester
New Bucks
Leeds Arts (seems 2d but saw 2 quick 3d in their student compilation)
Thanks for the mention sparkylab!

Hi BlueWolf99

The animation and visual effects course at Bucks mainly specialises in 3D animation, although some 2D work is used to underpin the creative process and broaden your capabilities.

As well as great facilities, we’re also in a great location, just 30 minutes on the train from London. Just head over to our course page or Bucks forum if you want to know more!

Laura
Bucks New University
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Omg this took more than it should I'm sorry.
Thanks a lot for all the info, guys! (:
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I would not recommend it. I had a bad experience myself. I know this thread is from years ago but can hopefully add scope to anybody wanting to join. Firstly you don't learn animation. They teach you social politics. Most of the teachers lack the energy to teach and classes are drawn out to the extent of absolute boredom. They will suck any fun out of what animation should be. One of the teachers goes out of her way just to vocalize she is a feminist. Like cmon i'm here to draw *****. Another teacher will chant 'vote socialism' and will hate anyone who thinks differently from her. This is Julie, she is dangerous and shouldn't be in a position to teach students. They actually, no kidding, will push their agendas down your throat. This is the indoctrination that happens at a lot of universities and this one is no different. If they feel your work doesn't meet their views, they will either censor you or fail you. I've witness this happen to a few students. One student drew a character that was wearing a bra. It didn't even look explicit. And the 'teacher' (no names) just had to yell about women's rights and that they where wrong. It was sad because the student didn't even know how to stand up for themselves, and they got really upset. They will bully and silence you. They go against anything that's ethical. The teachers are mess up. Oh and most of the students either brag about how they drink soya milk or are cokeheads. My time their I just got so depressed. I stopped doing my work because I saw no value in what art was meant to be. I'm a little bit wiser now and more loving. FYI if you love art learn something that you can apply to your art. Something that involves a book and proper education. Most things under the art category is a waist of money.
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