The Year in Review
BA (Hons) Animation
Words by Jon Dunleavy, Senior Lecturer
This year, our Graduating students have embraced the unique challenges of an unprecedented year, creating a range of impressive and innovative work in a variety of techniques: 2D, Stop-motion, and CG. The students have worked on collaborative projects, professional briefs and produced personal showcases that demonstrate their skill, innovation and determination to succeed.
BA Animation Showreel 2021
Leading industry speakers from around the world, including several graduates, have delivered a range of inspiring lectures this year. Guest speakers include Tom Moore (Cartoon Saloon) Amy Backwell (ILM), Raman Djafari (Blink Ink), Astrid Goldsmith (Mock Duck Studios), Katie Gascgoyne and Joe Kinch (Blue Zoo), Leana Felipe (Passion Pictures, DNEG) and Kerry Dyer (Laika).
Students’ successes include wins at D&AD, The Rookies, and UKIE Game Jam. The course has supported the Secret Story Draw initiative, dedicated to supporting Black, Asian, and Minority-Ethnic illustrators and animators.
Staff achievements include:
– Anna Blagrove achieved her film research doctorate from UEA.
– Senior Lecturer Anandh Ramesh delivered webinars and lectures for SIGGRAPH and Mogo Studios, Sri Lanka.
– Lecturer Helen Piercy hosted a series of online industry panel discussions for She Drew That and was a guest speaker on the Motion Hatch podcast.
– Senior Lecturer Jon Dunleavy screened his short ‘Everything is Going To Be OK’ at Interfilm Berlin and London International Animation Festival.
Joining the team this year: Associate Professor Mark Wickham as Course Leader, Anandh Ramesh as Senior Lecturer, Dr Anna Blagrove, Dan Root, and character designer for Netflix and Disney – Dan Kelby.