A slightly late welcome to all our new BA and MA students, and a welcome back to all our returning animators in 2015. It has been a hectic semester so far, with some really energetic induction activity for level 1, and intensive concept and pre-production for levels 2 and 3. There has also been significant improvements to the Animation facility, and some exciting new additions to our resource.
Level 1 induction Hub exercises weeks 1 to 4.
The animation training hubs kicked off with a bang in week one, and we were delighted this year to enlist the skills and talent of some top animation graduates who clearly enjoyed running some of the process based training activity in CGI and 2D processes.
Level 2 collaborative productions.
The level 2 collaborative practice module is well underway, with a really broad spread of technique and process. We have groups currently working in traditional hand drawn 2D, digital 2D, stop motion and paper cut out, and CGI and Maya, with some hybrid films in the mix. After an intensive few weeks in concept development students are currently attending a range of skills based training sessions to help to move into production over the next two or three weeks.
Welcome to our new MA students, who have been getting busy in the studios working on a short collaborative piece as part of their "Developing practice in Animation Module"
Level 3 preparation for extended study
The level 3 students have also made a good start to their final projects, with skills development workshops and mentoring sessions in design, puppet making and CGI. Again, students are choosing to develop their skills in a very broad range of techniques.
Additions and improvements
We are delighted to welcome Libby Bass to the team in her new role as Lead instructor for all CGI processes and some software training for 2D digital techniques. Libby worked with us last year covering 2 days a week, but she is now employed full time, and will be mainly responsible for training and support in 4B06 and 4B18. Libby is an exceptionally experienced animator, with considerable experience in industry, and is a fantastic addition to our team. Her full profile and contact details can be found here.