|School expo at the beautiful Technical University Warsaw|
|Jansuz spreads the word at the Zespol Panstwowych in Warsaw|
|Hotel in Lodz|
I was also surprised at how much beauty there is in a country which was ravaged by war from 1939-45 and then suffered 50 years of neglect (and worse) under Soviet rule. The old textile mill in Lodz, a rambling late 19th century industrial campus, has been transformed into a huge open air shopping centre and features a particularly stunning hotel (above).
|Art school in Lodz|
I met tons of students from Poland over the past week, and I would encourage everyone I met and talked to about animation and visual effects to stay in touch. You can reach me on the email address at the top of the blog, and I would be glad to answer questions and give advice on portfolios and how to apply to university - wherever you decide to study.
|Art school in Bydgosz|
Remember that animation and visual effects is a blend of art and technology. Develop your skills as a visual artist, but don't neglect your laptop. The future is digital - and you need both great artistic skills and good computer skills to succeed in this business.
For more on the experience of studying at Bucks New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days, take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK. Find out why we're giving free laptops to all our students, and why we give all our students free access to videos at Lynda.com. Also, see what financial assistance might be available to you. Learn which is better for animation, a PC or a Mac? Get hold of a copy of a map so you can find your way around campus, and learn about motion capture at Bucks. And find out about how our online video tutorials work.