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hey! I think I want to go into character design or visual development.. my dream is to work for Disney haha. but idk if an animation degree, since I was looking at Bournemouth, would really work for that?? I'm only 15 and just changed direction from vet to artist, but I'm very confused about how this all works. I don't entirely know if I want to do animation or whatever as a career, but I want to work for an animation studio with the more concept art side of things. All the things I look up online seem to only be relevant for America, and I'm struggling for info for UK courses. I've looked into the course at Bournemouth that focuses on animation, and I'd really love to do it and am really interested in it, but is there a better course that would be better suited to the more visual development/ concept art side of things? I don't want to take the animation degree for nothing if there will be one that is more useful, but if the animation degree at Bournemouth would be substantial for me to get a career in the more concept art/ character design side of an animation studio, then I'd be very happy since I'd love to go to Bournemouth University.

This was a ramble, most likely makes no sense, but if anyone could give me a little advice I'd be really grateful ❤️
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No need to stress about it now, you have more than enough time. There are people that apply for something and then change their mind after applying so you are likely to change your mind again. No need to stress about something that isn't going to be happening anytime soon.
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I know, but I'm choosing my a levels now so it's around the time to start looking into courses since I'll be going to open days next year and everything. I'm just the type of person who really struggles without having a plan, and before now I have had a plan for so long. Pretty much my whole life I knew I was going to be a vet, but now it has changed and I'm feeling a little lost. that's why I'd love to know a little bit so that I can look into it and prepare myself. it's weird but it's just how my brain works 😔
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(Original post by russruss26)
hey! I think I want to go into character design or visual development.. my dream is to work for Disney haha. but idk if an animation degree, since I was looking at Bournemouth, would really work for that?? I'm only 15 and just changed direction from vet to artist, but I'm very confused about how this all works. I don't entirely know if I want to do animation or whatever as a career, but I want to work for an animation studio with the more concept art side of things. All the things I look up online seem to only be relevant for America, and I'm struggling for info for UK courses. I've looked into the course at Bournemouth that focuses on animation, and I'd really love to do it and am really interested in it, but is there a better course that would be better suited to the more visual development/ concept art side of things? I don't want to take the animation degree for nothing if there will be one that is more useful, but if the animation degree at Bournemouth would be substantial for me to get a career in the more concept art/ character design side of an animation studio, then I'd be very happy since I'd love to go to Bournemouth University.

This was a ramble, most likely makes no sense, but if anyone could give me a little advice I'd be really grateful ❤️
Hi there!

My name is Lauren and I am a second year Animation student at Plymouth College of Art. When I was deciding what to choose at Uni, I was in the exact same position as you! I wanted to do either character design or concept art, and I found my self stuck between studying Animation, Game Arts, and Illustration. At Plymouth College of Art, we offer all three courses. On the Animation course, we study all parts of the animation pipeline. This means that you can do concept art and character design as well as Animation, story-boarding, compositing, directing, and so on. I love how diverse the course can be and you don't have to limit yourself to just one aspect straight away. In your first year, you spend time exploring different Animation techniques across 2D, 3D, and stop-motion, as well as different parts of the animation pipeline. During your second and third years, you'll really get a feel for what you want to do and you specialise in these areas. When I came into first year, I was really interested in concept art and character design, just like you. I soon realised that I had a love for background design, as well as 2D Animation. Now that I've finished my second year, I have decided that I want to specialise in 2D Animation. One of the best parts about studying Animation is that you have the freedom to choose what you want to do - and you might surprise yourself in finding interest in another part of the animation pipeline that you hadn't yet considered! Many students come to the course thinking they want to do one thing, and leave finding a passion for something completely different! We do also offer a Game Arts course, which spends a lot of time with concept art and character/environment design. As of 2021, Game Arts and Animation will be merging together, which means you can really test out what you want to do and where you want to go in the industry. There are a lot of similarities between the film and games industry - especially for concept art - so it's fantastic that you would be able to explore both areas. To summarise and simply answer your question: Yes - Animation is an incredibly good course to choose if you want to work for Disney, or as concept artist at a studio.

I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, feel free to message me or drop them down below.

Lauren
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I know, but I'm choosing my a levels now so it's around the time to start looking into courses since I'll be going to open days next year and everything. I'm just the type of person who really struggles without having a plan, and before now I have had a plan for so long. Pretty much my whole life I knew I was going to be a vet, but now it has changed and I'm feeling a little lost. that's why I'd love to know a little bit so that I can look into it and prepare myself. it's weird but it's just how my brain works 😔
Hi, I think it's good to start planning, but equally can agree you have plenty of time so I would focus your time on the following:

- Choose A-Levels that you enjoy and are likely to get good grades in as when applying for uni the better the grade the higher the UCAS tariff points

- Check a range of animation courses to see if they have required subjects (like art) as if they do you should choose this for you A-levels. Although A-levels are pretty generic and subjects don't really begin to filter down more specifically until uni so you should be ok.

- Look for student blogs/vlogs on the subject area of interest

- Continue to make a short list of courses/unis you are interested in. Research the local area and once you start a-levels register for some open days

- Don't contact the uni's to ask specific questions as the programme is likely to change by the time you start

- Think about things you can do to improve your skill set: do you have a portfolio (this can be updated but it's good practice to keep one), maybe start your own blog showcasing your work (again good experience), volunteer locally (it looks good regardless of course although when you mention it in personal statement make sure you can relate it to the course e.g. timekeeping/presenting skills etc), practice interviews with friends and family (common questions plus get them to ask you some really tough ones to practice getting yourself out of a tight spot).

I hope that helps, if you have any questions about Bournemouth in general just ask.

Good luck with choosing your a-levels :-)
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