"The experience was hard work and time consuming but very rewarding in the end; just like making an animation."
Course: BA (Hons) Animation
Year of Graduation: 2016
What appealed to you about Ravensbourne and your chosen course?
When I visited Ravensbourne for an open day I was impressed by the open layout of the building with large space to roam in between lectures. As for my chosen course I wanted to gain the best possible education that I could, based in a location with access to the animation industry and where I could learn from tutors with a broad range of experience in animation.
How has your degree from Ravensbourne helped you achieve your professional goals?
I gained a lot more by studying in London than I believe I would, if I had stayed and studied in Ireland. Thanks to my tutors I now have a thorough knowledge of the many different skills in animation, this helped me find the right path enabling me to utilise my talents as a 2D freelance animator.
What were the benefits that you experienced from studying with us?
Pushing myself out of my comfort zone and living in a new location, living and thinking independently, meeting new and interesting people were all benefits I gained from studying at Ravensbourne. I also learnt a number of different animation skills such as animating and building in 3D, environments and compositing. Meeting with experienced industry professionals who came in to lecture was also of great benefit to my studies and overall experience.
What were your highlights from your time at Ravensbourne (awards, industry experience, professional links, social experience).
Attending the BFX festival 2015 with a group from my course was a definite highlight during my second year. I was also very proud to be part of The Degree show, developing a 2D animated final piece.
How is Ravensbourne (and your chosen course) different from other universities/colleges?
In the sense of environment - I found Ravensbourne was a place where I could move and around freely and not feel cramped or restricted. The education we received felt focused and was structured in a way that helped me to prepare for my final year of study.
Are you in employment and, if so as what?
I've had number of freelance jobs since graduating including: 2D visual animator for an asperger documentary, freelance 2D animator for a short video for the Beano. One of my current jobs is a 2D animator for a clients personal IP project called wireless.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
There are many different types of skills in animation and anyone of them can be the one for you. Use the time you have in Ravensbourne to learn as much as you can and find an area where your talents are most suited. This will definitely help in your final year as you will putting your skills to the test before venturing on to find rewarding employment after graduating.