Selection for Filmmaking, Animation and Photography courses

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BA Animation

Digital portfolio

Applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course. Decisions will be made primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. 

For Animation, we would like you to include the following in your portfolio. Our preferred platforms are Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube and Instagram but if you have a portfolio in another format that is fine to use too.

  • Animation (animation is desirable, but not essential): Gifs, short films, show reel
  • Drawing from imagination: original designs and characters (maximum 10)
  • Drawing from life: figure and animal drawings, spaces, places and objects (maximum 10)
  • Scanned sketchbook pages: choose a selection from your sketchbooks that show a variety of your design development and thought process. (maximum 10)
  • Evidence of design for screen: storyboards, set, layout, character sets, thumbnail boards
  • Model making: digital 3D, physical 3D, sculptures
  • Support material: include work that adds value to your application, comics and zines, collaborations and performance, music, self-motivated work, Instagram, YouTube/Vimeo. You can add short written description of these projects and mention your involvement (max 30 words each).

We recognise you may not have work for all of the above. We are looking for a collection of work that is lively, colourful, original, and represents you and your artistic development and supports your desire to study animation.

Portfolio task

Please also include a short written text (no more than one side A4) answering the following questions:

  • Why do you want to study Animation?
  • Why have you chosen UWE Bristol as a place to undertake your studies in Animation?
  • What are your ambitions and career aspirations?
  • In your opinion what ingredients are necessary for a good story, and why? (You may choose an example).

Interview

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview, on Microsoft Teams.

Your Animation interview will be conducted by two members of the Animation staff team or a staff member and one of the current Animation students. The interviews are normally around 20 minutes long, during which time you will be invited to show us examples of your work and discuss aspects of your portfolio along with your UCAS personal statement. 

We will explore your decision to pursue a career in Animation and the reasons you would like to study Animation at UWE Bristol. You will have plenty of time to ask us any questions you may have about the course and what it’s like to study in Bristol. 

We may ask you during the interview to discuss some of your answers from the portfolio task (above) as well as your broader interests in Art, Media and Animation. 

It would be useful to become familiar with the structure of the Animation programme prior to the interview. Relevant information is available on the Animation course page. You can also see some animation student work and news on the Bristol School of Animation site, and work from our most recent graduating cohort on our Digital Showcase site.

 

Digital portfolio and interview guidance 

BA Animation with Foundation Year

Digital portfolio

Applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course. Decisions will be made primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. 

For Animation, we would like you to include the following in your portfolio. Our preferred platforms are Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube and Instagram but if you have a portfolio in another format that is fine to use too.

  • Animation (animation is desirable, but not essential): Gifs, short films, show reel
  • Drawing from imagination: original designs and characters (maximum 10)
  • Drawing from life: figure and animal drawings, spaces, places and objects (maximum 10)
  • Scanned sketchbook pages: choose a selection from your sketchbooks that show a variety of your design development and thought process. (maximum 10)
  • Evidence of design for screen: storyboards, set, layout, character sets, thumbnail boards
  • Model making: digital 3D, physical 3D, sculptures
  • Support material: include work that adds value to your application, comics and zines, collaborations and performance, music, self-motivated work, Instagram, YouTube/Vimeo. You can add short written description of these projects and mention your involvement (max 30 words each).

We recognise you may not have work for all of the above. We are looking for a collection of work that is lively, colourful, original, and represents you and your artistic development and supports your desire to study animation.

BA Filmmaking

Digital portfolio

Applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course. 

Decisions will be made primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Applicants submitting an exceptional portfolio, demonstrating theoretical insights, technical abilities and relevant production experience beyond what is normally seen at this level may be made an offer without interview. 

For Filmmaking, we would like you to include the following in your digital portfolio. Our preferred platforms are Flickr, Vimeo and YouTube but if you have a portfolio in another format that is fine to use too.  

  • Upload any examples of your work that you think are appropriate: any combination of films, creative writing, recorded sound, photographs, scripts, web design work, graphic design work, artwork, etc. Please give a short written description of the work; your intentions, your processes and how these experiences have helped you to develop your subject knowledge. Be selective; the emphasis should be on quality, not quantity.
  • We are interested to see evidence of your creative process, so please show examples of scripts, research ideas, edit notes, sketchbooks, storyboards etc., to demonstrate your working methods and idea development.
  • Audio-Visual work: please provide a short statement (no more than 200 words) about each piece (eg how you made it, the techniques used, what you hoped to communicate, what you might do differently if you were to do it again). If you made it as part of a group, tell us which role(s) you undertook. 
  • Academic writing: ee would like to see at least one example of academic writing; writing that is characterised by formal tone and structure, with arguments and observations supported by evidence of your theoretical and practical knowledge. This could be an essay or a critical evaluation of your process and/or completed work.
  • Formatting: all of the above should be submitted as a single PDF document, containing the relevant text, images and streaming links to your work. The file should be titled Surname and First name (in that order).

Interview 

If you are invited for interview, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your portfolio, broader interests in filmmaking and knowledge of the industry. If your portfolio is not primarily filmmaking focussed, you’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate the relationship between your creative practice and interest in developing a career in filmmaking. 

Interviews will take place online, on Microsoft Teams.

Your interview will last for 20 minutes.  The first part (10 minutes) will focus on your portfolio. Your interviewer will have a copy but it is up to you to navigate through it.

  • Make sure you have decided which films, scenes, images etc you want to present beforehand. 
  • We want to know where your ideas come from and how they have developed over time. If you have worked collaboratively you will need to be able to explain your contribution to the work as well as commenting on the broader collaborative process. 
  • Where relevant we would like you to comment on the development of your technical knowledge and understanding of the process of production. 
  • It is always useful to talk about aspects of your own work in a broader industry context. 
    It is essential that you are able to show examples of your academic writing. 

The second part (10 minutes) on your broader interest in filmmaking and your motivation to study at UWE Bristol. 

  • We expect you to be able to demonstrate an interest in filmmaking through your informed analysis of practitioners and work that has inspired you. It is a good idea to reference work that demonstrates your familiarity with a broad range of genres. Be prepared to explore the work in some detail, describing what it is that you find particularly inspiring; the cinematography, sound mix, production design, script, direction.
  • You can find some of that information on the course page. You can find work from our most recent graduating cohort on our Digital Showcase site and you can find more examples of work from previous students on the UWE Film Vimeo
  • Be prepared to talk about the opportunities that this course would offer you in the context of the stories that you want to tell, the issues that you would like to make work about. 

Digital portfolio and interview guidance 

BA Photography

Digital portfolio

Applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course. Decisions will be made primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. 

For Photography, we would like you to include the following in your portfolio. Our preferred platforms are Flickr and Instagram but if you have a portfolio in another format that is fine to use too.  

  • The portfolio should include supporting work (sketchbook work, developmental work etc). If you have not produced this online, please try to scan some examples so that we can see how your underpinning research develops and informs your finished imagery.
  • We do not expect to see all your work but rather a sample that you believe represents your best work (up to 25 images) and best supporting work (this may mean scanning pages from your sketchbooks as well as scanning your work where you feel it may be necessary).
  • We are particularly interested to see images in short sequences, to give us an impression of how you resolve particular project ideas. That doesn’t mean to say that you can’t include single images in your portfolio. You should, however, avoid trying to demonstrate that you are a 'jack of all trades' by including every possible type of imagery.
  • You should include at least one recent essay or short piece of writing so that we are able to see how you develop and articulate your ideas through written work.

Portfolio task: short project brief 

We’d also like you to include your response to a brief in your digital portfolio. We are interested in how you approach the task and your solutions can be fun as well as serious. 

Produce 4 to 5 images on the theme of ‘Strangely Familiar’. These photographs should be displayed at the start of your online portfolio. Please provide a short written text (no more than one side A4) outlining your approach to the brief.

Interview

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview, on Microsoft Teams.

To begin with, the course leader will give a brief talk about the course and take any general questions. After that you will be given an individual time slot for your interview. You should expect your individual interview to last for around 20 minutes.

In the interim, you might want to take a look at the online tour of the extensive Photography Department facilities at the Bower Ashton campus as well as an example of a practical demonstration workshop with one of our Technical Instructors. 

You will have submitted your digital portfolio of imagery before the interview, which should include the short project brief described above. A good way to prepare for your interview would be to carefully look through your uploaded images and think in each case about the ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind them. Also consider the kind of sources that have inspired your photography.

It would also be useful to become familiar with the structure of the Photography programme prior to the interview. Relevant information is available on the Photography course page.

 

Digital portfolio and interview guidance 

BA Photography with Foundation Year

Digital portfolio

Applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course. Decisions will be made primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. 

For Photography with Foundation Year, we would like you to include the following in your portfolio. Our preferred platforms are Flickr and Instagram but if you have a portfolio in another format that is fine to use too.  

  • The portfolio should include supporting work (sketchbook work, developmental work etc). If you have not produced this online, please try to scan some examples so that we can see how your underpinning research develops and informs your finished imagery.
  • We do not expect to see all your work but rather a sample that you believe represents your best work (up to 25 images) and best supporting work (this may mean scanning pages from your sketchbooks as well as scanning your work where you feel it may be necessary).
  • We are particularly interested to see images in short sequences, to give us an impression of how you resolve particular project ideas. That doesn’t mean to say that you can’t include single images in your portfolio. You should, however, avoid trying to demonstrate that you are a 'jack of all trades' by including every possible type of imagery.
  • You should include at least one recent essay or short piece of writing so that we are able to see how you develop and articulate your ideas through written work.

Facilities

Immerse yourself in our Filmmaking, Animation and Photography facilities by viewing our 360° images. Move between different rooms and spaces by using the arrows or menu bar on the top left, and use the controls or your cursor to explore the images. You can also expand to full screen using the icon on the bottom left of the images.

Chat to a current UWE Bristol student on your course

Students will be on hand from 14:00-16:00 on the following dates to answer questions about your course and student life at UWE Bristol. Please click on the link below and select your course to join the live Q&A. 

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