Saturday, 29 December 2018

What is APEL? And Why Does it Matter?

APEL: route to post-graduate study
What is the APEL process, and why does it matter? APEL stands for "Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning", and is the formal recognition of prior learning by UK universities.

Why is it important? APEL is the means by which students who do not have an undergraduate degree can gain entry onto a masters' level course, such as our master's programme in 3D animation.

For example, an animator with ten years' experience in the industry might not realise they can apply for our MA course in animation, because they need a BA first.  In fact, this would not necessarily be true.

We can consider a student's body of work, and their professional career, as a route into post-graduate study, permitting them to meet the necessary qualifications for entry onto a masters' programme.

Sunday, 23 December 2018

UCAS Deadline 15th January 2019

UCAS - deadline January 15th
Thinking of applying to Bucks to study on our BA in Animation & Visual Effects? The official UCAS deadline is looming.

The UCAS deadline for undergraduate study (that's the BA course) is 15 January 2019, and it's always a good idea to get your portfolio in early.

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Bucks New Uni Animation Demo Reel 2018


Check out our latest animation demo reel; this one is a compilation of the best work done by our undergraduate animation students at Bucks over the past year.  Congratulations to all our animators on their excellent work; standards keep rising at Bucks and this is very encouraging, as we strive to help more and more of our graduates break into careers in the animation, games and VFX industries. 

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Academic Deadlines at Bucks New University

What happens if a student fails to meet an academic deadline at Bucks New Uni? Or, if a student hasn't yet missed a deadline, but thinks they might miss it? There are two online forms our students need to know about.

The first form is  the Deadline Extension Form, which applies when a student needs more time to complete a project - but has not yet missed the deadline.  The Mitigating Circumstances form applies when a student - through no fault of their own - has failed to meet an academic deadline.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

2018 Animation Masters' Demo Reel


We're proud to present the 2018 Buckinghamshire New University Animation Masters' Reel. All the work shown above was completed by our Masters' degree students, who study online at Animation Apprentice, which delivers the practical content for the master's degree at Bucks. Many congratulations to Lee Caller, Amedeo Beretta, Brendan Hobbs, Jeton Lakna, Jinng Hwee Tan, Olavo Lins, Oliver Canovas, Faye Robinson, Tim Milson and Victoria Bailey on their excellent work.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Stuart Sumida in London 12 December

Paleontologist and animal locomotion expert Stuart Sumida will be in London next week, and on Wednesday 12th December at 4.30pm he will be giving a free talk at Escape Studios at 190 High Holborn, London WC1.

Stuart occupies a rare cross-over space between science and entertainment, advising Hollywood studios on the development of movies such as "The Lion King" and "Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron".