Dan's degree set him up for a career in animation for film and television.
BA (Hons) Computer Character Animation
'University prepared me by giving me a broad range of skills, whilst allowing me to specialise into the field that I was most interested in.'
I chose to study at Teesside University because of the quality of student work, the positive atmosphere, the resources and the student animation festival, Animex.
I enjoyed learning to animate – I developed a wide range of skills across the medium, from modelling and texturing through to compositing, filming, illustration, drawing. But I chose to specialise in character animation. I most liked the freedom to animate whatever I wanted with the guidance of tutors and peers.
It has prepared me by giving me a broad range of skills, whilst allowing me to specialise into the field that I was most interested in. I also got to network with people at Animex and consequently this aided me in getting a job at Double Negative.
My university experience was very positive, I enjoyed learning and making new friends. I got involved with the Christian Union society and consequently met my wife-to-be. I also made friends for life whom I still regularly work with on our own projects.
Since leaving University two years ago I have had non-stop work for a variety of award-winning 2D and 3D/VFX studios including Lupus films, Double Negative and Milk VFX. I have animated on TV shows and films such as Fungus the Bogeyman, Ethel and Ernest, We're going on a Bear Hunt, and Doctor Who.
I would say go with your gut. Remember animation is primarily a craft that is learnt by the time and effort you put into it, and although quality lectures are inspiring and helpful the way to be a great animator is to practice. So find somewhere where you know you will get to animate a lot!