There is a fair bit to do to get started, but once you're underway you should find the course a fairly well-oiled machine. If in doubt, send me an email at email@example.com and I'll get back to you right away. To find out more about how the course works, see this blog post. And also read this welcome page.
Online Student Enrolment at "Bucks Connect"
All students registering on Bucks courses for the academic year 2020/21 should enrol via the "Bucks Connect" Student Portal. Academic Registry colleagues have been working with the Bucks IS&T Directorate to further develop the Portal functionality to include Online Enrolment, as well as students’ results. Please read the full details here.
Enrollment at Bucks
- Enrollment guidance process here
- Set up a username and password by following the instructions here.
- Then access the enrolment form through our Bucks Connect system, here. It should just take a few minutes.
- Finally, check out the enrollment user guide here
Familiarise yourself with the course structure; there are five modules to tackle over the course of 18 months. To see how the course works in detail, see this blog post. To see what the main academic deadlines are over the next year and a half, see this blog post.
The Animator's Survival Kit.
All our students should buy a copy of The Animator's Survival Kit, by Richard Williams. It is now the standard textbook for animators and the most comprehensive book available for learning animation.
|Download your free educational license|
Get yourself a free copy of Autodesk Maya. Maya is the main software we animate with, and still the industry standard. You can find a free educational license for Maya here.
Start watching our Videos
|Get yourself a decent laptop|
Free Tutorials at Animation Apprentice
Start animating! You will find a number of free animation tutorials at Bucks New Uni Animation YouTube Channel.
Buy a laptop
You will need a decent laptop to run Maya from home. Laptop specs change all the time but see this blog post for some useful advice.
Make sure you have a login to the Animation Apprentice official site, which hosts the bulk of the learning resources for the practical side of the Animation MA. If you don't yet have a login, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get it sorted.
Bucks New Uni Email Address
All our students will be supplied by the Bucks IT Dept with a BNU email address once they are enrolled. Contact Bucks IT for assistance with this.
Join our Facebook classroom - it's a closed group for all our new students, a place to post your work, get feedback, ask questions, and get answers. To find the classroom, which is only open to enrolled students starting this September, follow this link.
Below is the latest timetable for what to expect in September:
Getting Started Resources at Bucks
For more resources on getting started at Bucks, see the blog posts below:
- Getting Started in September 2020
- DA701 Locomotion & Mechanics - Starts 28 September 2020
- Module Structure for the Online MA in 3D Animation
- Who's Who on the Online MA at Bucks
- Download a copy of the Maya Educational License
- Online Resources at BNU
- What Kind of Laptop Should You Buy?
- What's in Our Online MA in 3D Animation?
- Welcome to the Online MA in 3D Animation
- Online MA FAQs
For more on the experience of studying at Buckinghamshire 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.