More about Jamie
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“I checked out many university open days, but NTU really stood out to me the most. When I attended the course talk for animation, there were doodles and animated bunnies jumping around on the presentation which made me realise that this was the course I wanted to be on - the lecturer was so passionate about the subject.”
What do you enjoy most about the course?
“The facilities and the freedom. We have access to industry standard facilities which I’m very happy about and we have the freedom to use them whenever we please. I love that there's so much available to us - we can rent out sound booths and equipment, there's even an art shop for anything else you might need.”
Can you tell us a little bit about your favourite project so far?
“We completed quite a few briefs in our first year which I’m glad about because it gives you a chance to really get into a range of animating and try out new things.
“My personal favourite project involved creating a 10 second 3D animation using the action push, pull or shove. I was completely new to 3D animation so it was quite a struggle for me getting through this project. However, I think the struggle is it was made it worthwhile because I was able to overcome a lot of my problems and learnt more about the software. Having video tutorials from lecturers is really helpful, it means you can go over anything again at any time.”
How do you find the course staff?
“The course staff here are one of the best things about studying at NTU. You can tell all the staff are really passionate and they’re also really welcoming and friendly - you can ask them anything! Most of our lecturers and staff are specialists in 2D animation, 3D animation, sound, lighting and of course, The Simpsons. (One lecturer has a doctorate in The Simpsons!).
How do you find the facilities?
“At a course level, I don’t think it gets much better than the workspaces available in the Waverley building. We have access to Wacom Cintiq tablets, sound booths, green screens and a huge studio space. The Bonington Shop is pretty impressive because it provides anything you could need from sewing to painting - covering all art and design needs. It is heaven for any art student!”
What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
“Nottingham is a good place to be - it has plenty of clubs around but there's also quieter places and events for people who aren’t into that, which I really appreciate.
“It’s also useful that everything in Nottingham is close – the library and University buildings are just a 15 minute walk away from the city centre and the trams make it so much easier to get around.”
Why would you recommend your course to someone looking to studying Animation?
“The facilities and tutors I believe are some of the best you can get when it comes to studying animation. The course focuses on what you are passionate about as an individual, so that you can learn what you love.
“There are a lot of industry standard equipment and facilities, as well as supportive lecturers with plenty of experience in the area and the business. It’s very enjoyable studying here!”