University for the Creative Arts
Farnham | South East England
Ucas code: C93
What students say about this university246 comments (66 students)
Not enough teaching or contact time with tutorsReport
The animation course is, without wanting to mince my words, absolutely brutal. The first year is pretty much just your basic...
The animation course is, without wanting to mince my words, absolutely brutal. The first year is pretty much just your basic concepts and comprises of three units per semester, which run alongside each other two practical projects and an essay. The main practical is a foundation in frame-by-frame animation designed to familiarise students with the basic principles and equipment. It typically consists of a variety of basic exercises (ball bounces, walk cycles, transformations, lip sync etc) and culminates in a final, 30 second long character-based piece which should demonstrate all you've learned from the previous exercises. The second practical is digital based, designed to familiarise you with the software and draws on the principles you learn in the core unit. Theory work is fantastic and the tutor is excellent, fascinating stuff and you're given a great deal of freedom in interpreting the essay questions. From the second year on you start making films to be entered into festivals with the intention of establishing your name and identity very early on. You're largely left to your own devices at this point, with once-weekly tutorials rather than continuous feedback on studio days, which throws a lot of people off and is pretty frustrating initially, but once you learn to navigate the waters it's great. You're given the greatest amount of freedom at this stage. Again, three projects two practicals, one essay. Deadlines are typically incredibly strict but always achievable as long as you're willing to work hard. Make no bones about it, the course is absolutely soul-destroying. The amount of work is immense so words of wisdom, don't come on if you think it's going to be a doss and drawing pictures all day. If you're not seriously able to commit yourself to long, antisocial hours, very little social life and feeling like throwing yourself off a bridge at any turn, then find another course. Seriously. Facilities aren't that great in all honesty. We have fantastic digital suites including dedicated CGI and After Effects workstations but in terms of traditional animation we have one tiny room with about eleven lightboxes (if that) and 14 substandard computers. We have a huge capture studio with excellent rostrum setups for high-quality frame capture which must be booked on a first-come first-serve basis, but traditional animators would do well to acquire their own lightbox and work from home when possible, particularly in the first year.×
Creative and friendly atmosphere, lecturers and staff friendly and helpfulReport
there are a good range of good value food on campus available in the canteen and it is just a walking distance to off license...
there are a good range of good value food on campus available in the canteen and it is just a walking distance to off license shops. it may be difficult to find a part time job in this place since it is rather small, but is close to both london and shopping centers such as bluewater. the cost of transport to these places can be lower with a student railcard. Had i known that rochester,and in particular chatham would have been the place it is, with a lot of unemployment, gangs and teen pregnancies i think i might have thought twice to come here or maybe even chosen another university.×
Not much in the way of clubs, either in town or through the uni.Report
lack of funding, lack of staff. lack of lectures. lack of communication. However this is common in art based subjectsReport
How students describe this university
Overall student satisfaction81%
of students are very or quite satisfied with this university
Number of students5,080
students attended last year
Undergraduate / Postgraduate95%
of students are undergrads
Full-time / Part-time3%
of students are part-time
Male / Female70%
of students are female
Young / Mature9%
of students aged over 21
UK / Non-UK12%
of students here are from outside the UK
Student union satisfaction57%
of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union
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