The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is passionate about developing and maintaining strong relationships with experts in the industry. Students in the School of Film and Media have many opportunities to take advantage of such links and expand their experience in the industry, improving their skills and expertise needed for their future careers.
Students give animated response to live performance
A group of CG Arts and Animation students had the opportunity to create a unique live event by synchronising computer generated imagery to classical music. They produced a stunning visual accompaniment to a live orchestral performance of Milhaud’s La Création du Monde. The project was invaluable in enriching the cultural and professional lives of our students. The performance was part of a project that is funded by the European Union’s Interreg IVA Channel Programme and aims to engage the creative and cultural industries in the UK and France. The project will continue over three years with 13 British and French partners, including UCA and the Royal Opera House.
Another New Designers Award for UCA Rochester’s CG Arts and Animation team
For the second time in four years, UCA Rochester’s CG Arts and Animation team won the award for the Best Stand at New Designers 2013, an exhibition for emerging design, held in London. The exhibition showcases more than 3000 of the UK’s most talented graduates where UCA was one of over 400 exhibitors. The art-deco cinema stand, complete with usherettes and free popcorn, was praised by the judges for its "brilliantly imaginative and clever presentation of animation and illustration where visitors are invited to take a seat, spend time with the work and really engage with it."
The exhibition runs for two weeks each year and scores of UCA students have earned their first big-break during the event. New Designers is affiliated with leading companies and organisations.
Legendary actor Brian Blessed has provided the voice for a film being produced by UCA and Slurpy Studios, The Fearsome Beastie. Brian, who plays the main character in the film, said: “I think it’s absolutely fantastic that this film is being co-produced by the University because, when I was a pupil, I was told by my teachers not to dream but these guys are going against that and being ambitious which is the right thing to do.” The film is being co-directed by UCA alumna Katie Steed from Slurpy Studios and MA Animation student Jon Hunt. The co-production will be mutually beneficial for UCA and Slurpy Studios, who hope the film will go onto the festival circuit and be released on DVD.
Jools Holland BBC experience for UCA students
Two lucky BA (Hons) Television Production students have had valuable paid work experience as runners on the BBC’s hit music show, Later…with Jools Holland. They were able to see first-hand all the hard work and planning that goes into a large-scale live production. The course’s home at The Maidstone Studios has led to numerous opportunities on major network programmes for UCA students.
International prize for animation student
Marina Koleva, who is studying MA Animation at UCA, has won an international competition set by the BBC. The award was won for the moving image category of the BBC’s ‘What if you had a vision of the future?’ contest, where entrants had to illustrate their predictions without using words. Over 800 entries from five continents were received. Marina's animation tells the story of a girl who looks out to a beautiful landscape only to push a button and realise it was just a hologram and the future could be very bleak.