Thursday, 16 May 2019

Learning To Take Critique - at Facebook

One of the hardest skills for animation students to learn is how give and receive criticism.  We all tend to be shy about our work (especially when we are learning something new) and, when our work is criticised, that criticism can feel very personal.

Taking Notes
But being able to take criticism ("notes" in industry parlance) is part of the process of creating great animation. It's something we all need to learn how to do.  When you first show your work to a client, they will have comments, and they won't always love your first efforts. Whether you're working at a studio, or doing private client work, animators need to be flexible, and learn to incorporate criticism in order to make things better.
Notes being given at our Facebook Group

Facebook Classroom
Here at Bucks New University we create a Facebook classroom (a closed group, only our students can join) for each cohort of animation students. It's where our students post their work for critique, ask technical questions, and also share the latest job openings.

Closed Group - Safe Space
Because it's a closed group, everyone can post their work safe in the knowledge that the only people who can see it are other students on the course. This means students can make their mistakes without feeling too shy.

We all start off feeling shy about our work, but as we grow in confidence it gets easier to post test animation and get constructive feedback.

Learning to take criticism
It is good practice for working in industry, not just to solicit comments, but also to learn to be able to give constructive criticism. Animators help each other out on production all the time by giving one another tips and suggestions, and your best resource at a new studio is often the person sitting next to 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.

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