Sunday, 28 December 2014

Where Does Creativity Come From? John Cleese Explains

John Cleese knows a thing or two about creativity, which is presumably why he was invited to give this talk in the video above. Trouble is, identifying where creativity comes from is like trying to analyse what makes a great poem. We all know it when we see it - but how to define it? And what does the great man conclude? I'll leave you to watch the (short) video to find out the answer.

Gateway Building at Bucks. Packed with Creativity
Animators and digital artists need to be creative. After all, technical excellence is only part of what we do. The rest is invention, performance, and that indefinable quality that makes people want to watch what we put on the screen. If our work is not entertaining and interesting, it has little or no value.

Here at Bucks we believe that creativity can be taught. If nothing else, coming to Bucks is all about immersing our students in creative media. In our shiny new Gateway building we have design, performing arts, Audio and Music Production, Film and TV, Dance, Acting - pretty much every conceivable skill or discipline that goes up to make a successful film project. Collaboration with other departments and disciplines is part of what makes up the student experience at Bucks.

In fact, the creativity of this place is a large part of why I enjoy teaching here. There's a lot going on at Bucks. Come and see us at one of our Open Days to find out more.


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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