Michael Price began studying Law at another university, before realising he’d made the wrong choice. He changed to study BA (Hons) Animation here and hasn't looked back. Here's Michael's advice for budding animation students.
Your personality shows in your work, and gives it a unique touch that might be just what sets you apart from the crowd. It's a very tight-knit industry. A lot of people know each other or are familiar with one another's work. It can be very tough for newcomers to get their foot in the door, especially when people with 20+ years of experience may be applying for the same job!
Model making is a physical task and the majority of learning will be practical in nature. Essentially, you will learn on the job, discovering new techniques and overcoming problems whilst making something. I'd highly recommend experimenting on personal projects whenever you get the time, for what you learn in the process will expand your skills and better prepare you for work in the industry.
Without a strong portfolio, it can be very difficult to get work. It is essential that you are able to display what you are capable of in a professional manner. Focus on images not words, and compile your best work together in a way that is well presented and accessible. Quality over quantity is very important - if you feel a piece isn't as good as the rest, leave it out. Whether this is a website portfolio or a simple PDF, send it to your contacts and let them know that you're available for work. It may take a little while, but eventually you will receive an offer!
Be certain that you are considering the career for the right reasons! Especially for the creative industry, work because you enjoy it and because you're good at it. There will be long hours and rough patches where work slows, which can be hard to stomach if your heart and mind aren't in the right place. But if you're doing what you love doing, you will surely find it very rewarding.
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Freelance animator, cartoonist and model-maker
BA (Hons) Animation
Michael has worked for a number of acclaimed studios including Aardman Animations, Yanimation and Factory, for a range of clients like Disney, the BBC and ITV.
"The course began by introducing us to the three main types of animation – 2D, stop-motion and CGI. From here, we were encouraged to specialise in a field of our choice. The planned lectures and guest speakers helped lay a strong foundation for self-directed study.
"I didn't make full use of the facilities until my final year, but when I did I found the computer systems, software and camera equipment were invaluable. The staff and students were also very friendly."
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