Below is a brief list of stuff to get you under way. You don't have to do all of it, but tick off a few of the things on this list and you will be a making a great start on your animation career.
First, here is a short reading list to get you started. We've narrowed it down to two books that we recommend for all our students.
|The best book on animation|
Any serious student of animation should buy a copy of The Animator's Survival Kit, by Richard Williams. It is now the standard textbook for animators and easily the most comprehensive book available for learning animation.
Animation Methods by David Rodriguez
Animation Methods by David Rodriguez is a very useful overall guide to all the processes involved in digital animation and film-making.
It is especially good for the technical bits that the older books don't cover. It takes you through Autodesk Maya and shows you what all the tools do, and how to apply them to your animation.
OK - so you've bought a book or two - what else? The next thing to do, assuming you have a laptop at home, is get yourself a free copy of Autodesk Maya. Maya is the main software we animate with, nowadays it's the industry standard.
Below is a free tutorial in the Maya tools (there are tons of similar ones) hosted at YouTube, to get you started.
Don't be daunted - just take a quick look! It does look a bit confusing at first but it's good to get familiar with the layout, and learn where the main hotkeys are, and how the interface works. You can register and get a free Maya student license here.
Start watching our free videos
Once you have done that, take a look at the week 1 videos at the Animation Apprentice website. Animation Appretnice is our online partner for delivery of the practical elements of the course. The week 1 videos are all free and this gives you a general introduction to animation, helping you to get familiar with the language of the medium. You'll get a full login when the course begins.
Find us at Facebook!
All our students enrolled for Septmber will be invited to join our online classroom at Facebook. It's a closed group, closed to non-members. So, only our students can post work, receive feedback, and ask questions. You can find it here.
Welcome to the world's first online MA in 3D animation!
If you do some or all the things on this list - you will have a great head start! We look forward to meeting you!
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.