Sunday, 27 December 2015

UCAS Deadline looms for 2016!

UCAS - still enough time left - but hurry!
Thinking of applying to Bucks to study Animation & Visual Effects, or for our unique online MA in 3D animation - the only one of its kind? It's not too late!

The next UCAS deadline is 15 January 2016, and we're still welcoming applications for our fast-growing courses.

Below are some good reasons why we believe we are building one of the best places to study animation in the country, and how you can get started on your new career as a digital animator. Why wait? Apply now!

Gateway - our modern media hub
When Should you apply?
Now! Below is a list of UCAS deadlines taken from their official site.
  • 15 January at 18:00* for the majority of courses
  • 24 March at 18:00* for some art and design courses
  • 30 June at 18:00* is the deadline to submit your application with choices. After this you're entered into Clearing
We're always on the look out for talent, and even if you apply late we will still consider you. But applying on time or even early is a good thing; it shows you have drive and commitment, and that you have got yourself well-organised - all good qualities for a career in the creative industries.

Where should you apply?
At the official Bucks New University site here.

Is there a video which explains all about the course?
Yes! Watch our official course video here. It's only a few minutes long, and it explains what we're trying to do here at Bucks. Basically, we want to be the best course in the country for animation & vfx.

What kind of equipment do you have at Bucks?
We have world-class equipment for our students. Our new Gateway building is stuffed with state-of-the-art kit. We have facilities for green screen, audio recording, sound mixing, sound design, virtual sets, film & TV, live action - in short all the equipment needed to make almost any kind of modern media production.

But aren't those separate courses?
Yes, but we strongly encourage collaborations between departments. For example, the sound design students are especially keen on collaborations with  animation. We have amazing sound design equipment and super-talented students - you can read more about what they do here.

Animators are film-makers and we want the animators to benefit from the expertise that other departments can bring to collaborating on making great movies.

One of London's leading VFX houses
What about partnerships with Industry?
We are forging partnerships with industry, especially the with the visual effects industry in Soho, London.

Kevin Spruce, head of animation at Framestore, one of the UK's leading VFX houses, was the external assessor on our course, helping to make sure that we train animators who are up to the job of doing the kind of high-end animal and creature work that Framestore specialises in.

We also have informal connections to Cinesite, MPC and other visual effects houses in London and many studios overseas.

Free laptops for all our freshmen!

Do You really give away free laptops?

Yes we do! We give away free laptops to all out freshmen students. We want our students to become well rounded 3D artists, capable of working from home and making their own films.

That way you are prepared to work in a studio or even set up your own mini studio, working from home and taking on freelance work.

You can read all about why we give away free laptops here. We also give all our students free access to tutorials at, and free external hard drives so you don't have to worry about storage.

Where can you see the past work done by Bucks students?
Our students have done plenty of excellent work. Take a look at past blog posts showcasing some of the work done by students such as Monika Dzikowicz, Krzysztof Michalski, Lydon Fleisig, Jens Kopke, Mike Swan and Clare Hunt.

Also, take a look at our page at YouTube and have a look at some of the videos. Check out our showcase of last year's work. Your job at Bucks will be to study hard, learn your craft and do even better!

Will you have to come for interview and if so do you need a portfolio?
Yes, and yes. We interview all our candidates, largely because we want to make sure that you are a good fit for our course, and vice versa - we don't want anyone to sign up at Bucks and be disappointed. And yes, you will need a portfolio - check out our post here on the kind of portfolio we are looking for. If you can't make it in - we can Skype!

Commercial work like this helps our students to develop their skills
Do you help your graduates find work?

We do! We make strenuous efforts to help our students find work.

One way we are doing this is to do short film projects for commercial clients. Check out the most recent one we did here. There are others in the works, bringing in professional experience and paid work for our recent graduates.

How much does it all cost and are there loans available?
Right now a degree at Bucks costs around £9,000 a year. There is a well-funded system of government loans in place, and in addition some scholarships and bursaries are available here at Bucks. You can read our handy guide to the system here. 

How should you get ready for the course?
Start reading the right books! Here is a list of useful books to get you started. Number one is The Animator's Survival Kit - every student should have a copy. Also, check out the week 1 videos at Animation Apprentice, which are a great introduction to the art of animation. They are all free.

Better yet, come and visit us at one of our Open Days - and see for yourself. Our next Open Day is scheduled for Wednesday 20th November. Don't be shy! We're glad to talk, and we even offer free coffee and muffins.

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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