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08 August 2010, 05:58 PM
Hi.. I am from India and I plan to travel to UK for Animation studies... I have applied to quite a few Universities and have final offers in my hand. Just want to know, which is the best of the following. I want more techie stuff as I already have very strong traditional art background. I have already worked as Production Manager- Animations for over an year, so I have good working knowledge of Maya and MAx. My options are:

Bournemouth University
Middlesex university
Hertfordshire University
University of Sunderland
Swansea Metropolitan University
Staffordshire University
Bedfordshire University
DeMontford university

I have Unconditional Offers from all of these.

I want to pursue my Masters and hopefully my PhD as well after I finish off with Undergrad study..

08 August 2010, 04:33 PM
I studied at Bournemouth and am now on Placement Year. I studied 3D CGI: Modelling & Animation using Maya and Max.

Hard for me to really submit an opinion on how useful the skills i have because i cannot compare to other educational establishments. I can however say that a lot of people have gone on to work for Sony, The Mill (in england), Rockstar and several Architectural Visualisation companies over Europe and South East Asia.

For me, the course tailors a bit too much for Animation. I believe that animation is a very unique and complicated skill to perfect and a course should either touch on it 0% or 100%. Much of the work we did was skinning, rigging, animating and drawing. Learning advanced modelling, lighting and materials on top of this was a lot of work and i feel i wasted a significant amount of time learning animation when it really did not interest me that much. It did however make me appreciate the various stages of production and i feel that i could contribute significantly if there was a problem regarding biped or some facet of animation.

All in all., a well organised course with student to tutor ratios of about 6:1. I would however choose carefully what really interests you in 3D and try to perfect that skill as much as possible.
Learning Post Production, Compositing, lighting, rendering, materials, rigging, skinning, kinematics, camera effects, particle effects, VFX, Sound, storyboarding is just too much to take in a 2 year period. In my opinion (and im sure others have a far superior one), concetrate on a course that specialises or tailors to one or two more specific things.

Hope that helps a bit.


08 August 2010, 05:03 PM
unless things have changed from what i have heard bournemouth is the best course and has the best industry links.

as for the others, i dont know them all, but i know there is a lot of bad courses out there, and the last thing you want to do is pick the wrong course, you are safest with bournmouth i think.

also bournemouth is a nice place to live and has a beach etc.

08 August 2010, 05:46 PM
If it's a techie education you want, then Bournemouth is your best bet.

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