I have been out on the road over the last month visiting universities across the UK, as part of our university tour, and wanted to give you an update on my progress so far. It's been a bit of a whirlwind, but meeting up with such enthusiastic and creative people is never a chore - you come back full of ideas an imbued with the same enthusiasm
My first trip was to the Arts University College Bournemouth. They have a great animation course which mixes traditional and CG and it was really nice to see the 1st years in the studio with pads and charcoal - something which is too often missing from many other CG animation courses. It reminded me of the sessions we run here at Escape Studios - especially those for our Character Animation students who get special Life Drawing classes. They always seem to get the students very excited about what they are learning.
The next two visits were much closer to home. I went to talk to the Animation Course' students at Uxbridge College and was also invited to a Student Enterprise Workshop at the London Metropolitan's School of Computing. During both these visits, the students were mostly interested in talking about what the job market was like and were keen to find out what sort of jobs they might want to get into when they finish their course. Connections with the industry is key to them - something that we know only too well here at Escape.
Following the success of the London Met talk I've be asked to join the School's Industry Liaison Group and look forward to getting more involved with this department in the future.
Last week, I travelled up the country to visit Nottingham Trent University's School of Art and Design to meet with second and third years students on the Interaction and Multimedia Courses. Great facilities there and really nice group of students - the talk led to quite a long Q& A session with students, and after two hours we literally had to be kicked out of the room!
This week, I'll start by going to the University of Westminster and the University of Coventry (to visit the creative computing department). Then on Thursday, I'm really looking forward to seeing our friends at Ravensbourne in their new home on the Greenwich peninsula. Should make for a very busy and very interesting week.
If you are doing an Arts,CG, 3D or animation course at university or college and are interested in having Escape Studios come to visit and do a talk, just get in touch. We'll be happy to arrange one of our special visits.
That's it for now. I'll be writing again soon about my progress and the feedback from the students I meet along the way.