Frequently Asked Questions
have to be Nick Park to get in there, don't you?"
Its true that Nick Park is probably one of our most famous
students, but he was self taught and applied with a film shot
on an old bolex camera pointed at a blackboard upon which
he drew his animation.
As with Nick Park, access to expensive equipment to make your
film is not necessary because talent will always shine through.
you have to have top grade qualifications?"
Your animated Film and supporting materials must show that you are
at postgraduate level.
heard it's an elitist school for the rich"
Not at all. All students are assessed individually according
to their relevant skills, abilities and merits and have equal
access to learning experiences within the School. Our selection
process allows for the widest possible range of initial applications
and we are actively seeking to redress imbalances within the
industry by encouraging dynamic people with appropriate talents
and skills to apply, whatever their ethnic or national origin,
age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religious or
can I afford to pay the fees and live?"
We don't want anyone to be put off applying to the NFTS for
financial reasons and there are many ways to fund your studies. CLICK HERE to go to the fees and funding page on the main NFTS site.
they only do Stopmotion puppet films there?"
Far from it. In their first year, students experience every
technique imaginable with master classes, workshops and special
projects, and every year the graduation films reflect the
diversity of the course that includes Traditional 2D, Computer
2D, Large Scale 2d Overpainting, Stopmotion Puppet, 3D computer, Compositing, Effects, Live Action
and many combinations of the above.
only want to learn CGI software otherwise I won't get a
The Animation Director's Course is just that. Our aim is to
train people to be able to go out into the industry with the
widest possible range of skills, experience and industry contacts,
to enable them to walk into a company and Direct the Animation
or Live action - or indeed start their own companies. To be
able to achieve this in two years we have a packed curriculum
of workshops, master classes, set projects AND a dissertation
for the MA.
So, the question you need to ask yourself is,
"Do I want to be an operator or a Director?"
ex-student's careers speak for themselves.
all highly commercialised and narrative driven work but I'm
an artist and I want to do experimental animation"
By its very nature the Animation Direction course prepares
people for the industry and the industry has its demands.
It really depends what you want to do with your art. If you
can apply your ideas to a structured course there's no reason
why you can't experiment within the subject matter. In fact
we actively encourage people to push the boundaries of the
mediums. The industry is always searching for a new look,
a fresh approach or a different angle so why not meet the
you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact
the course and The Registry for applications.
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