“Ravensbourne was colourful, chaotic at times and provided me with some great networking opportunities.”
Course: BA (Hons) Animation
Year of Graduation: 2015
What appealed to you about Ravensbourne?
I wanted to study in London and Ravensbourne came highly recommended when I was researching university courses. I had been making my own little films since I was 14, but wanted to take it further by being able to incorporate more artistic qualities.
How has your degree from Ravensbourne helped you achieve your professional goals?
I was able to communicate with fellow students, companies and industry professionals which helped me to build a network of useful contacts. Also having exposure to different areas of animation helped me to identify my key strengths and which areas to focus on.
What were the benefits that you experienced from studying with us?
The course provided me with great networking opportunities. Dan Dalli is a fantastic teacher, and he helped me achieve my targets/goals. He was very supportive of what I did.
Being a student representative and part of the Degree Show team helped improve my time and people management and my organisational skills.
Any highlights from your time at Ravensbourne?
Working part time with an American company Skynamic Studios to pitch for a new animated series 'True Tail'
Work with Green TV on an animation
Being a student representative and part of the Degree Show team.
Meeting Tony Trimmer, board artist at Blue Zoo who did a talk at Ravensbourne.
Meeting industry professionals from Passion Pictures an independent production company.
Life drawing helped to improve my skills more than anything else.
Visiting Sony DADC to talk about a potential animated film idea.
I also made valuable friends for life in the motion graphics department
How is Ravensbourne different from other universities/colleges?
Ravensbourne is less like a traditional university and has ideal links to industry being in London.
Are you working right now?
I’m a freelance generalist, which includes storyboard work, concept art and 2D traditional animation. I've worked for Golden Wolf, Burberry, You Tube and Made in colour/BBC to name a few.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Be proactive at every opportunity.
Go out and meet people (it really is all about who you know to get in the industry)
Compare yourself directly to your competition, or the people that have the jobs you want. Ask yourself 'Am I that good?', because if you aren't, they won't hire you for that role.
Be realistic and keep working, the more you work, the more you will improve.
If you don't give it a try, you'll never know what you can achieve. Take yourself out of your comfort zone and push yourself.