Thursday, 19 March 2015

DreamWorks Came to Bucks! Now Watch The Video....

On Monday March 9th we hosted an animation industry panel here at Bucks to launch our new online MA in animation.  We welcomed some leading figures in the animation and visual effects industry including Shelley page of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Bob Thompson of Film London, and Adam Lucas of Cinesite.  Our panelists talked about current trends in the animation industry and - most crucially for our students - where the graduate jobs are, and what skills you need to get them.  Anyone who missed the panel discussion can now watch the video above, and find out about the latest in feature animation in the UK and overseas.

DreamWorks Came to Bucks on 9th March
So what was this panel all about?
It was all about jobs, careers, and the future of the animation industry in the UK. Where are the jobs? Where is the industry headed?  And what do students need to learn to ensure their future career?
Shelley Page of DreamWorks
Who was on the panel?
We welcomed a number of guests from industry including Shelley Page, head of international outreach for DreamWorks SGK,  and Adam Lucas, one of the heads of department at VFX house Cinesite in London's Soho.

Adam's credits include some of the biggest VFX hits over the past 20 years, including 300.

We were also lucky to have Bob Thompson of Film London, who knows all about the big animation projects that are coming to London in the next few months.
Who chaired the meeting?
That's me, Alex Williams, I put questions to the panel and made sure our students get their voices heard.

What's this online MA all about then?
We're launching the world's first online MA in animation. You can read all about it here.

Where can I read about previous panel discussions at Bucks?
Follow this link to see what our other panel discussions have said.  There is tons of useful information about finding work in industry - especially landing that crucial, vital (and sometimes elusive) first job.

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 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. 

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