Ravensbourne’s BA (Hons) Animation course has been ranked in the “Top 100 International Animation Schools" by Animation Career Review.
The schools were marked against the following criteria:
Overall quality of programme including technology and facilities available to students
Consistency and quality of student and graduate animation works
Geographic advantages derived from the school being located near animation employment hotspots
Reputation of programme within the industry
Tuition and overall cost of attendance
The publication which surveyed animation schools across the world has released the rankings so students can make the best choice for them.
Associate Dean, Dr Rosemary Stott said: “We’re delighted the calibre of our animation course has been recognised.
“I would encourage any prospective students to come and visit Ravensbourne on one of our Open Days to see the fantastic facilities, meet the lecturers and see what our institution can offer.”
The animation course is creative skillset accredited with 94% of students working or studying six months after the course. In the past year animation students have collaborated with the BBC on a series of films about the weather.
Ravensbourne alumni Alex Rudzinski, a broadcast graduate, has won two Emmy Awards for his work on Grease Live! which aired on American television channel, Fox.
Alex who graduated from a two year HND course in broadcast TV operations when Ravensbourne was “Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication” based in Chislehurst, won “Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special” and “Outstanding Special Class Program” for his part in producing the show.
Grease Live! was shot on location at Warner Bros Studios in LA and featured Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, Carly Rae Jepson as Frenchie and Jessie J. It became one of the highest rated shows of 2016 on American television and was quickly followed by Hairspray Live! in December 2016 which Alex also directed.
Alex said: “It’s fantastic to be credited with such a prestigious award. It’s been great to be part of a new genre of television and I’m very much looking forward to doing the same with “Bye Bye Birdie”, our live musical featuring Jennifer Lopez this Christmas.”
Alex lives in LA with his family and works as a freelance, specialising in multi camera live directing. He started his career in regional news and worked his way into national UK news. At 26 he became a senior director at what was then London News Network on London Tonight.
He was then offered a position on the “Big Breakfast” which allowed him to jump from news into entertainment and went on to direct the first three series of “Strictly Come Dancing” before taking the format to America to become the director on “Dancing with the Stars” for over a decade. Alex is currently planning this summer’s MTV video music awards.
Upon talking about his Ravensbourne experience Alex commented: “My time at the institution became a great foundation for me to slide seamlessly into a broadcast role.
“There were amazing facilities and we were taught to use broadcast technology to a high standard. The calibre of our tuition was really high and our tutors had direct industry experience which they were keen to pass on.
“I think the opportunities at Ravensbourne are unique to succeeding in the UK broadcast industry with students having access to cutting edge technology and top of the range tutoring. At work I meet many people who attended Ravensbourne and I know they are highly employable and that their work will be of an excellent standard.”
Wednesday 15 March
His core values are innovation and expression with an emphasis on enjoyment - his practice is founded principally to 'make life better'.
He sits on architectural advisory boards for Wandsworth and Kensington & Chelsea Councils and is Professor of TU Vienna and Professor of Architecture at Canterbury School of Architecture, UCA.
Walker Space, 6.00pm
A conversation on the intersections of Gender, Race, and Identity in the Film Industry
Intersectional Film is a panel discussion of artists and professionals in the creative industries that maps our understanding of how intersectionality is represented in the film and television industry, the challenges facing filmmakers incorporating intersectioanlity into their practice, and what we envision for the future of intersectional representation in film.
Tuesday 7 March, 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Intersectionality: “Intersectionality is an analytic sensibility, a way of thinking about identity and its relationship to power. Originally articulated on behalf of black women, the term brought to light the invisibility of many constituents within groups that claim them as members, but often fail to represent them. Intersectional erasures are not exclusive to black women. People of color within LGBTQ movements; girls of colour in the fight against the school-to-prison pipeline; women within immigration movements; trans women within feminist movements; and people with disabilities fighting police abuse — all face vulnerabilities that reflect the intersections of racism, sexism, class oppression, transphobia, able-ism and more. Intersectionality has given many advocates a way to frame their circumstances and to fight for their visibility and inclusion.” - Kimberlé Crenshaw
Over the past 18 years, Dionne Walker has been curating and producing debate series and independent film projects. She previously worked as one of London's location coordinators and help facilitate major blockbusters such as The Mummy Returns and V for Vendetta. With The Hard Stop, which she wrote and produced, Walker delved into the hugely controversial 2011 killing of Londoner Mark Duggen at the hands of the police, an act of violence that sparked some of the worst civil unrest in recent British history, helping research and develop the project as a hybrid film that combined observational material with constructed reality sequences and news archives. It had its world premiere in Toronto before releasing in U.K. cinemas, and on Netflix in the U.S., over the summer.
5:30-6:45pm, Room 107
Fun and engaging singing workshop with Richard Robbins. No need to read music, just bring yourself and your voice!
Never sung before? No worries, Richard will help you sing freely and with expression.
Tuesday 28 February
Walker Space, 5:30pm
Find out about the prizes for this year, meet last year's winners and hear about their experiences of winning the Connect Awards!
Prizes include a three month paid placement, freelance work and Incubation spaces.
You will also have the opportunity to network with students from other courses and see what other opportunities there are to work on projects across courses in Ravensbourne, internally and externally.
This is an ideal opportunity for anyone who needs other peoples' skill sets to work on their final major project or launch a business!
Free drinks on arrival! See you tomorrow.
For more information on the Connect Awards and an application form: Connect Awards 2017
International Film Producer and BAFTA award winner Iain Smith OBE visited Ravensbourne to talk at a free film production masterclass offered to students and staff.
Iain has worked on numerous high profile award-winning films such as “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “Children of Men”, “The Mission” and “Local Hero.”
In 2005 he was awarded a British Academy Film Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Film” and in the 2008 New Year's Honours list was awarded an OBE for services to film.
Drawing on almost 50 years of practical production experience many of those spent with high profile directors, actors and creatives, Iain spoke at length to give many valuable lessons to the students.
Jeremy Lawton, a BA (Hons) Digital Film Production student said: “It was hugely beneficial for us to hear from someone like Iain because of his honest and realistic way of looking at the industry.”
Simon King, a student also studying digital film said: “I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a huge amount of invaluable information.”
Paul Moody, Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Digital Film Production, said: “It is vital that Ravensbourne students hear from and interact with leading industry figures such as Iain to gain useful insights on how to make the most of their current work and prepare for careers post graduation. I aim to bring in more industry luminaries for masterclasses and teaching sessions.”
In collaboration with BA (Hons) Editing and Post Production:
Monday 27 February
We're delighted that Eddie Hamilton is taking time out from editing "Kingsmen: The Golden Circle", to come to Ravensbourne and talk about his cutting career.
How do you cut kinetic? Come find out!
In collaboration with BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion:
Wednesday 22 February
Harris Elliott, is a London based multidisciplinary artist, curator and stylist who conceives and delivers gallery shows, installations, advertising and music campaigns for a wide range of global clients. Culture and art inspires the Harris Elliott aesthetic. Harris is co-creator of the touring exhibition "Return of the Rudeboy", curator of "Punk in Translation" and creative director for Kate Tempest, Let Them Eat Chaos.
Walker Space, 6.00pm
Ravensbourne Students' Union in collaboration with Incubation will be hosting “Market Place – The Place to Find Talent” on Wednesday 15 March from 2.00pm - 6.00pm on level 4.
The event will give over 30 of the best students from all courses (including FE, UG, PG and startups) with a diverse set of skills and innovative ideas, the opportunity to showcase their products in areas such as architecture, graphic design, fashion, content production and more. There will be around 200 visitors including the local business community, professionals and practitioners in the industry, and the partners who support Incubation and the Students' Union.
This is a great opportunity for students to gain exposure from customers and future employers and to open the door for collaborative opportunities with Incubation companies on innovative projects in the fast moving digital creative industry. They will also be automatically shortlisted for the Incubation Lite Award with the opportunity to receive Incubation space and support for one-year (worth £15K) and win cash prizes of £1K.
Market Place is sponsored by the Canary Wharf Group Plc and the Arts & Public Affair Team will also be holding an exhibition stand to present the projects and activities they conduct at the Wharf.
Interested? You can enter the competition by completing the brief on the back of the application form and post it in the ballot box at the SU office, ground floor. Alternatively, students can scan the form and email it to SU or Incubation.
The competition closing date is Friday 24 February.
Best of luck to all the Market Place competitors!
Ravensbourne broadcast and television production students recently had the opportunity to film the unveiling of a bronze history plaque in central London to mark the 91st anniversary of the first public demonstration of television.
The students gathered at Frith Street where engineer and inventor John Logie Baird gave the world’s first demonstration of live television at his home on 22 January 1926 to members of the Royal Institution. Baird used the first floor as a workshop during 1924-1926 and in 1930 the BBC adopted Baird’s system for its first television broadcast service in 1930.
The unveiling of the plaque was part of a wider event organised by IEEE, the world’s largest professional association which aims to advance innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity.
The students were asked to film the plaque’s reveal which had to be edited and delivered to IEEE the same day to be screened at an event which celebrated the evolution of television through to the digital age and featured key industry speakers from IEEE and Sky.
Producer and Editor of the film and BA (Hons) Digital Television Production student Matt Wright said: “This was a great opportunity for myself and other TV production students.
“Turning around the film the same day meant coordinating the production, arranging the crew, liaising with IEEE and businesses on location which was a great challenge. We were taught to treat IEEE like clients and learnt how to work as professionals working in the industry.
“It was a fantastic day and a real honour to be filming something about the founder of what I’m studying today.”
We are excited to announce that this Thursday 9 February we will be hosting a free masterclass with major international film producer and BAFTA winner Iain Smith OBE.
The masterclass will be taking place in the Walker Space from 4.30pm - 7.00pm. All Ravensbourne students and staff are welcome, tell your friends!
The session will be followed by Q&A so please prepare some good questions for him. Your full engagement will help make the best of the session.
Iain is a film producer who is known for his productions of Mad Max: Fury Road, Children of Men, 24, The Mission, Local Hero, Seven Years in Tibet, Cold Mountain, The A Team and many more. In 2005 he was awarded a BAFTA for Outstanding Achievement in Film and was made an OBE by the Queen in the 2008 New Year's Honours List for services to film. Iain has worked with many of the world’s major directors, star cast, outstanding creatives and studios and has a wealth of experience and insight to share.
With Iain you encounter a successful, currently-practicing producer who is thoroughly knowledgeable about all aspects of contemporary high-level UK and international film and television production. This, combined with his historical experience and his long and productive commitment to improve UK film education and training, makes it a uniquely valuable session for you to attend.
Final year undergraduates are asked to rate their experience at Ravensbourne as this year's National Student Survey (NSS) launches.
The survey, which is open until Sunday 30 April, invites students to assess Ravensbourne on aspects of the learning experience such as academic support, learning resources and assessment and feedback.
The NSS is an opportunity for students to share experiences of their time at Ravensbourne, what they’ve loved and what they think could be improved. Responses are anonymous and feedback will be used to ensure that
Ravensbourne are aware of their strengths and any areas with room for improvement.
Dr Gary Pritchard, Dean School of Media said: “Last year we had an amazing response rate, 82% of our students took part in the survey and shared their experience. This has given us reliable and representative feedback and allowed us to take the necessary steps to continue to improve the student experience. This year we hope to see even more students taking part.
"I would strongly encourage students to take part as we take the student voice very seriously. This year’s survey results will help to give us a clear picture of the student experience and allow us to think about how we inform change and provide the best experience possible for future students.”
Students will be provided with a briefing and a session on how to fill in the NSS by their tutors this week.
Final year undergraduate students can complete the survey here: http://www.thestudentsurvey.com/
Ravensbourne alumni Charlotte Regan and Jack Hannon, graduates from the BA (Hons) Digital Film Production course have had their film “Standby” nominated for Best British Short Film at the British Academy Film Awards, a ceremony ran by BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).
“Standby” was last year selected to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the largest film festivals in the world. It has screened a number of Oscar-winning films and all time classics including 12 Years a Slave, City of God, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Reservoir Dogs and Slumdog Millionaire.
The film is about the evolving relationship of police officers Gary and Jenny and the characters they meet throughout their days at work.
Ravensbourne alumni Bradley Stearn, who graduated with Charlotte and Jack on the BA (Hons) Digital Film Production course, also helped to shoot “Standby”.
Upon hearing the news Jack said: “Charlotte rang me in the morning and I thought she was playing an elaborate prank! We are both so shocked but extremely happy.
“We will never forget Ravensbourne it was the place we met and forged a fantastic working relationship. Our lecturers were a massive help and were huge influences on us. They encouraged and supported us which enable us to get where we are today.”
Charlotte and Jack have just wrapped on their next short film called “Fry-Up” starring Sian Clifford from Fleabag and have other films in the pipeline.
The winners will be announced on Sunday 12 February at a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.