Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Mock Presentation

Make notes during the presentations to give your peers feedback to improve their presentations.

Some things to think about when watching the presentations...
  • Is there an introduction that sets out the scope of the presentation?
  • Is their a critical evaluation of the career path? Is it comparative?
  • Entry requirements for applicants, and the potential career routes available in this field of animation practice discussed?
  • Is their evidence of Primary and Secondary Research? What is the quality of that research?
  • Is what they are saying coherent/ Does the presenters argument make sense?
  • Are you able to understand what is being said?- Speaking too quickly, quietly
  • Are the slides clear to see and understand? Too many slides, too much text
  • Is there a conclusion? e.g.What are the results of the research and how will this effect the presenter as they attempt to enter industry?

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Week 2 Summary

Active Learning
The type of study you are currently engaged with on this module and in Task1 is called Active Learning.

Research shows that Active Learning is much better recalled, enjoyed and understood by students.

The Active methods used in this module and needed to complete the Assessment Tasks (including Task 1), require that you make your own meaning of what you are learning from your research.

During the process of engaging with Task 1...

e.g. researching your two job roles, interviewing industry practitioners and condensing and making sense of your findings into a 10 minute presentation.

...neural connections are physically made in the brain, the process we call learning. Passive Methods alone such as listening do not require us to make these neural connections or conceptualisations.

I hope this makes it clear why you are engaging in Independent Study for Task 1 and the importance of doing this work for yourselves (with support from your peers and tutor).



  • Two alternative job roles in Animation or related creative industries.
  • Questionnaire design.
  • How to give a short(10 minute presentation).


  • How to put one together?
  • What form should the questions take e.g. if interviewing in person or email
  • What do you really want to know?
  • What can't you find out from your secondary research?

Three questions you may want to ask in your own words...

  1. If you could give just one piece of advice...
  2. What's the best/worst thing about your job...
  3. Is there something you think I should know but haven't asked...

Have fun and enjoy the process!!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Task 1

Semester 1 focuses on evaluating your strengths and interests, and actively connecting them to a career path and industry expectations.

Through the research you’ll conduct for this module you will build a deeper knowledge and understanding of the specific job roles that interest you most. And with this knowledge you’ll be able to identify your developmental needs and devise a personal learning strategy for the remainder of this course.

This means that from now on you are expected to take increasing responsibility for the methods and the media you work with.

Task 1
Give a 10 minute presentation, based on research into two alternative career paths in Animation or associated careers within the Animation Industries. This presentation must: be a comparative evaluation of these two chosen career options include interviews with people in those careers

Research Project
Working independently, conduct research into two areas of specialist animation practice (two jobs or roles) that you’ve identified as potential career goals. 

The results of your research will be condensed and formatted to create an Assessed 
10 minute Presentation (PowerPoint or similar) together with a hand-in file of your independent research. 

For this research project your first aim should be to investigate what the jobs or roles entail, the typical entry requirements for applicants, and the potential career routes available in this field of animation practice.

Your research should be a combination of:

Primary Research (or Field Research). 
This will involve collecting evidence by interviewing 10 or more practitioners and employers (case studies) in order to develop a deeper understanding of this area of practice in relation to skills and the needs of industry. N.B. not everyone will reply to your questionnaire so factor this in to the number of people you canvas. Realistically it would be wise to expect a 1 in 4 response rate. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Secondary Research
Books, magazines, journals, documentaries, on-line evidence; this kind of research should be critically evaluated as there may be interesting contradictions. For example, some of this material may represent marketing or publicity; or it may be dated in relation to technology and procedures. 

Research Project Presentation 
  • 10 minutes maximum (you will be timed). 
  • All group members will take a turn at presenting.
  • Evidence of primary research (based on 10 Case Studies ). 
  • Evidence of secondary research (see above)
  • 1 copy of your on-screen presentation (e.g. PowerPoint file) to be handed in. 
To succeed in this module during this semester you will need to:
  • Contact practitioners (case studies) early on and use methods such as questionnaires as a means of comparing and critically evaluating responses. 
  • Regularly meet with your peers and tutor to evaluate evidence and push the ambition of the investigation.
  • Collaborate and share information. 
  • Rehearse, polish and deliver your findings in a professional manner.
  • Hand-in materials: edit, annotate and format your independent research work within a module blog.
  • Demonstrate initiative and planning in relation to setting up work experience, entrepreneurial activities or study opportunities post Semester 2. 



This blog is going to be used as a communication tool and a learning resource for the ANIM3014 module. Your projects, activities and reminders of deadlines will be posted here, so please enter your email address in order to receive notifications. The Module Guide (an overview of the module and what is expected from you over the coming year) are available from the pages tab.

You will see a list of websites on the right of the page. Please take the time to look at 
them, as they will provide useful links relating to careers and professional practice. I will be adding to this list throughout the year and would like you to contribute so if you find an interesting website related to animation careers or professional practice, tell me about it (leave a comment on here or email me) and I will put it on the blog.