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Work Experience at RCA and NFTS

We work in close relationship with the Royal College of Art and the National Film and Television School, to provide our students with valuable work experience on their award winning animation productions. This happens in the 2nd and 3rd year of the course, and its the perfect introduction to working on a professional production team.

Its a great chance to get your name on the credits of an award winning film!

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Work Experience in Holland!

Last year level 5 student Simran Phull went to the Klik Festival, did a bit of networking, and was inspired to write to a studio called Media Monks for work experience.  Her confidence paid off, and she had an amazing time in their Netherlands studio.
Media Monks is an international creative digital production company. They work a great deal in advertising for global brands, and Hilversum is their creative headquarters. I went to an industry talk at Klik Animation festival 2015 about 3 successful Dutch animators and there I approached the director of animation at the Hilversum studio, Pierre Nelwan, who I told I was looking for an internship (they have a London office); he said instead of going through the website to go directly through himself, giving me his card. Later I called him and ended up flying to the Netherlands.
I took a tour of the studio and learnt the history of the company. I spent the day working in Flash on some web banners to go out during the Rio Olympics. I also partook in a very exciting production meeting where we discussed a project for Intel, where they were making 3D simulations of traditional Chinese stories for people in China. I used this opportunity to ask professional 3D animators questions to overcome some problems I was facing in my 2nd year research project in Maya. I also learnt some great new skills in Flash, which influenced my way of working when I got back home. 
I used this opportunity to gain insight of life in a professional studio. I was a little nervous and very excited. I especially liked the extremely fun atmosphere of the studio and all the different departments: illustrators, concept artists, 2D animators, 3D animators, web designers, games designers, HR, revenue and business. I did not really want to go to the London office as it mainly deals with the business side of the company, while Hilversum is the creative headquarters. I don’t think Pierre remembered me from Klik, though he was impressed that I was willing to take a plane. We keep in touch and I follow the successes of the studio and will be returning to intern for 3 days at the end of the month. I’m very excited. 
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More Student Success!

Natasza Cetner’s first-year film – Dreamcaught – has been selected for Animaze, the Montreal International Animation Film Festival, in the student competition. Here’s a little taster of her film…

Now Natasza is celebrating more success: “The Three Tales from Alexandria” has been chosen for Puerto Madero International Film Festival (August Edition) in Buenos Aires and that “Dreamcaught” received “Special Mention” at XII Festival Internacional Buñuel – Calanda!

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British Animation Awards

At Westminster are very proud with our connection with the Regent Street Cinema and we are also proud of our connection with the British Animation Awards.

Today, 26th January, Regent Street Cinema will be screening the 1st round of the BAA: Public Choice awards, your chance to vote for your favourite animations!
The 2nd and 3rd rounds will be on screened in the following weeks, get your tickets here! It’s a great chance to be inspired by some amazing animations which you can’t watch online, and meet those in the industry.

Our lucky animation students get a intimate sneak peek, as the films will be screened right here on the 5th February at our Harrow Campus!

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Fancy a Trip?

Westminster Working Cultures provides students with the opportunity to travel abroad and experience the professional environment and culture in cities across the globe. The programme is designed to enhance your employability and develop skills that will help you after graduation. You’ll visit a number of leading and diverse organisations utilising University of Westminster alumni and partner contacts.

Trips last at least a week and are open to all full-time undergraduate students.

Please click here for more information.

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Winning Design for Museum Clock

Westminster student Sanz Dangol is leading a team of students to design a clock for the Heath Robinson Museum.  Inspired by the bizarre inventions of the famous illustrator, the animated clock will be projected onto a wall in the museum.

Level 5 students are working from Sanz’s designs to produce sequences of animation and 3D printed models.

The interactive clock will be run by the games engine Unity – and the coding genius will be provided by graduate Myles Eve, who now runs his own multimedia studio in London.

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BAA at Regent Street – book now

Don’t miss your chance to vote for winners in the British Animation Awards 2018!
BAA invites you, the audience, to vote for your favourite Short Film and Music Video, from 3 programmes put together from entries to BAA 2018, including several international festival award winners.

Following this 90 minute programme there will be a short break after which there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers, hosted by Hotessa Laurence.

Click here to book today!

Awards, festivals

“Death and Exposure” Wins Awards

Sanz Dangol is having great success with his 2nd year film in the festivals.  His documentary “Death and Exposure” has already won awards!  Its a beautiful film, but if you want to see you you are going to have to travel. “Death and Exposure” is showing internationally at:
World Fest Fest – 2nd Prize in FEST.FICTION selections. Cuneo, Italy (2017)
Short of the Year – Special Jury Mention. Madrid, Spain (2017)
Florida Animation Festival – Stop motion Honorable Mention. Florida, USA (2017)
Anima-São Festival – Selection. Sao Paulo, Brazil (2017)