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Course: BA (Hons) Animation

Year of Graduation: 2016

I was looking for a university that could provide me with the skills and knowledge needed to create unique pieces of work. From a young age, I knew I wanted to do something in the creative field. In high school, I studied fine art, which was the only related option available at the time. Coming from Hong Kong, Ravensbourne offered many courses that were not easily available at local universities such as fashion, photography, filming and animation. I went to Ravensbourne for my Foundation Diploma — the course encouraged me to understand what I truly wanted to do and it was then that I discovered my passion for animation.

My class was full of people who pushed me to make the best of my abilities. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had Dan Dalli as my course leader. With experience in both education and the animation industry, Dan was able to nurture me and my peers, giving us professional advice and guidance on what it takes to begin your career. My fellow pupils on the course also shared their skills and helped me broaden my horizons and learn more about the industry.

Guest lectures at Ravensbourne were a great way to encourage us to aim high. Being able to meet individuals from the industry and have one-on-one time with tutors helped me realise my weak points and change my perspective on the industry. For example they helped me realise the importance of understanding business and networking skills.

I recently co-founded an animation company, entitled Giri Guru. The aim of the project is to create a space away from the bustle of everyday life for people to have fun, be happy, and enjoy the little things in life. Through our characters and their stories, we want to give joy and laughter – and to remind people to always live in the moment, whenever and however they can! We are currently releasing our episodes on Instagram, YouTube and Bilibili and will be posting new episodes every Wednesday.

I would encourage students and graduates to keep pursuing your goal and never give up! After leaving Ravensbourne, I worked as a junior 3D artist at Smoke & Mirrors. To be extremely honest, I struggled finding my first junior role. I decided to remake my portfolio, and sent out another 40+ applications — only two of which got replies to start as a runner. However, after less than two months, I was promoted to a junior 3D artist. During my time as runner, I kept working on my portfolio and asked for as much work as I could within the entire studio.

Jessica Siu

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