Wednesday, 4 January 2017

UCAS Deadline - 15th January 2017

UCAS - time to apply
Thinking of applying to Escape Studios to study the Art of 3D Animation, Games or Visual effects?  The UCAS deadline of January 15th is fast approaching.  We are welcoming applications for the second intake of our new integrated BA/MArt in Animation, Games and VFX - just launched in September of last year.

One of the most common questions I get asked at Open Days is "should I wait to apply until I have finished my portfolio?" - to which the answer is a very definite: "no". Get your application in early, and worry about your portfolio later. You'll have plenty of time before attending one of our Creative Workshops to pull your portfolio together.

Below are some good reasons why we believe we are building one of the best animation courses in the country, and how you can get started on your new career as a digital artist.  Best of all - you will study in central London, a short walk from the centre of the industry, and learn from industry professionals with extensive experience. 

Holborn campus
When Should you apply?
Right now.  The official deadline is
15 January 2017

Your application should arrive at UCAS by 6pm (UK time) on this day.
    Escape Studios is always on the look out for talent, and even if you apply later in the year we will still consider you.  But applying on time or even early is a good thing; it shows you have drive and commitment, and that you have got yourself well-organised - all good qualities for a career in the creative industries.

    Why choose Escape Studios?
    Because we have a long track record of placing students in the industry. All our tutors have industry-relevant experience and we know what skills are needed to get a job. 

    Is there a video which explains all about the course?
    Yes! Watch our official course video here. It's only a few minutes long, and it explains what we're trying to do here at Escape Studios. Our goal is to build the best courses in the country for 3D Animation, Games and VFX.

    What about partnerships with Industry?
    With around 4,000 Escapees working in the industry, Escape Studios have years of experience of forging partnerships with the animation and VFX business, especially the with the visual effects industry in Soho, London.

    One of London's leading VFX houses
    After all, Soho is just a ten minute walk from our Holborn campus.

    We also have informal connections to Framestore, Cinesite, MPC and other visual effects houses in London and many studios overseas.
    Where can you see the past work done by Escapees?
    Our students have done plenty of excellent work. Take a look at past video compilations showcasing some of the work done by our students, and student demo reels.

    Your job at Escape Studios will be to study hard, learn your craft and do even better!

    Will you have to come for interview and if so do you need a portfolio?
    Yes, and yes. We interview all our candidates at our Creative Workshop days, largely because we want to make sure that you are a good fit for our course, and vice versa - we don't want anyone to sign up at Escape and be disappointed. And yes, you will need a portfolio - check out our post here on portfolio suggestions.

    Does Escape Studios help our graduates find work?
    We do! We make strenuous efforts to help our students find work.  Of course, the key ingredient to finding work in the industry is to cut a great demo reel. Visit the Escape Studios YouTube channel to see some of the many excellent demo reels put together by our graduates.

    How much does it all cost and are there loans available?
    Right now a degree at Escape Studios costs £9,000 a year, but this can be reduced to £6,000 if you successfully attend and complete one of our Creative Workshops. The fee waiver and details of the Creative Workshop can be found here.

    There is a well-funded system of low-interest government loans in place, and in addition some scholarships and bursaries are available here. You can read our handy guide to the system here. 

    How should you get ready for the course?
    Start reading the right books! Here is a list of useful books to get you started. Number one is The Animator's Survival Kit - every student should have a copy. Also, check out the week 1 videos at Animation Apprentice, which are a great introduction to the art of animation. They are all free.

    Better yet, come and visit us at one of our Open Days, Experience Days or Taster Days - and see for yourself. Don't be shy! We're glad to talk, and we even offer free coffee and muffins.

    And finally...why not take our virtual tour?

    The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To find out more about our new BA/MArt, now recruiting for September 2017, follow this link.   To apply, visit the offical page here.

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