The Animation programme is a renowned world leader in practice and research, with a commitment to broadening the understanding of its subject area. Part of this broadening is the introduction of a new subject space in documentary animation, which sits within our established MA. Our two distinct pathways are Documentary Animation and Experimental Animation, one of which students select as part of their application.
Since graduating in 2013, I’ve been working on a range of projects across animation, events and live-action. In terms of animation, this year I worked on a commission for the London Short Film Festival, supported by Arts Council England.
Before the Royal College of Art, I was working for RTÉ, the national broadcaster in Ireland, putting together title sequences for programmes and doing their graphics. I’d done a BA about seven years before that in Visual Communications, including illustration and graphic design, and the job at RTÉ involved a lot of animation.
I actually chose to do Visual Communication when I first applied to the Royal College of Art. After three weeks, I switched to animation: I was jealous of all the workshops on the animation course! I applied to the RCA not only because of its reputation, but also because they had so many different courses.
After my MA in Animation at the RCA in 2001, I did lots of self-generated projects but was lacking formal structure and deadlines. I had also started teaching at the University of Westminster in the drawings and workshops, up to 2008.
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