|Life drawing - good training for animators|
The short answer is - a bit of everything: drawings, painting, life drawing, sketches, scribbles, 3D digital artwork - whatever you have to hand - ideally uploaded to a website or blog.
Below is a short video setting out portfolio guidelines:
What kind of candidates are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates with art skills, ideally including drawing, design and animation. It also helps if you are comfortable with computers and computer software, and be curious enough to want to know more. 3D Animation is a blend of art and technology. Ever tried downloading Blender and trying it out?
|Blender. Free 3D software|
If you'd like to do a free Blender test that we recommend, follow this link. See how you get on! If you enjoy doing it, a career in the digital arts might be for you.
Do our applicants need good tech skills?
|Drawing is a plus|
Do our applicants need to draw well?
Good drawing skills are a plus, but they are not essential. We live in a digital age, and most of our work is now done using computers as our tools. Of course, we do want to see signs of creativity and visual invention.
Animation is not just about mastering the software, it's about having ideas, and giving a performance. So a sketchbook or blog full of ideas is a definite plus.
Ideally, yes. The best kind of digital portfolio is a website or blog showcasing your work. Check out our post here on how to create a free blog and/or website, and start uploading your work today. It's never too early to have your own online showcase, and it's completely free to build a website at wix.com. You can also upload to tumbler, which is really a simplified blog.
|Wix: free websites!|
If you're not ready to put your work online, or you simply don't have the time, just email us your artwork. This could take the form or a JPEG or a PDF document; something that is easily opened with standard software. Movie files in simple formats like .avi or .mov are also welcome.
|Quick sketches help to capture movement|
What we don't want to receive are specialist program files like Maya files or 3D Studio Max files, or Flash, or AfterEffects files.
Specialist files like this take too long to load up and the person doing the interview may not have the software on their laptop.
Should applicants do a tech check before the interview?
Definitely. Just like if you were applying for a job, make sure you present your work in a format which is easily opened. Do a quick tech check - do the files actually work? And can they be opened in standard software like QuickTime or Adobe Acrobat?
|We love Skype interviews|
For overseas students who can't make it to one of our Applicant days, we will be delighted to do a Skype interview. Just ask admissions at Pearson to set one up. Of course, you will need to have your work online, or be able to send us a PDF of your artwork.
When does your portfolio need to be ready?
You don't need to have a polished portfolio ready in time for submission of your UCAS application, but you will need it to be ready when you come in for one of our Applicant Days.
For more information, read about the course here, or email me at alex.williams1(at)pearson.com
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