Anonymous asked: Hi, I read that you go to NUA, Well I'm looking to go there this year to study illustration and I was wondering if I could have your opinion on the uni/ course/facilities/accommodations/ teachers? I love the look of the uni so much and just want to know how much the course goes towards helping you in your career? (just trying to get a good idea really) Thanks for any help! (ps, love your work!) :-)
Hi. When I started at NUA, it was a University College, and nobody had really heard of it, but it’s now a full University and has become a really popular place to go.
Accommodation - If you don’t live very far from Norwich, you’ll have to go private, as the uni doesn’t have much accommodation of it’s own. I’m actually glad I went private, it’s also a lot cheaper than the uni accommodation. The best way to find people is on the freshers Facebook page. I lived with my first housemates for two years, they were all from different courses (and some were the year above me, so it was a good mix), and I’m still really good friends with them, and collaborated with them, which was a good opportunity. I had them, then course friends, people you meet on nights out…. You’ll meet a lot of people.
Facilities - Everything is there that you need. You can rent out camera’s, tablets, etc. There are a lot of Mac’s and printers. Each studio has at least 5, and there is a computer area in the Guntons building which is where you would be, with fashion and graphic’s. There are printmaking rooms in the building opposite.
Course and Tutors - I think the best part has been the tutors. They’re all really nice, they take the time to get to know you (something which is rare at bigger uni’s), they all are experienced in a lot of area’s of work. It’s my third year, and we’ve been given loads of advice on what to do after uni. The course is set out really well. In first year, you do loads of really quick projects, and get quite specific briefs, which is really fun. We get collaboration projects, and the chance to collaberate with other courses. We did a reportage project in second year, where you have to get out into the city and find something to do your project on. I convinced the RSPCA to let me look after their cats and draw them, which was a good experience. We do workshops every week, which are really good fun. And you get a crit and tutorial once a week, so you can speak to tutors a lot (and they still hang about in the studio’s all week, so you can talk to them whenever).
Thanks for your message. There’s a lot more I could write, so if you want to know anything else, you can always email me. I think my email is in my ‘About’ section. :)
Character number 3. Not 100% happy but I can’t look at my screen any longer.
Applied for my absolute dream internship today, wish me luck aaahhh.
This is a random character design for the story I have chosen to illustrate for my last NUA project. I’m illustrating ‘And Miles To Go Before I Sleep’, by William. F Nolan. It’s going to be a concertina continuous book, of a man’s journey home from space to visit his family. I have a lot of ideas, so my tumblr will hopefully be getting updated more regularly.
One of my entries for the Ohh Deer cushion competition
Logo proposal for the Tay and Earn Trust. Leaflets and Interpretation boards in the works too..