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10 Reasons to apply to Escape Studios

Emma Devlin

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With the UCAS deadline rapidly approaching (in 10 days to be precise!), here’s 10 reasons why you should get your application in before the 15th January deadline…

1. We’re connecting classroom to industry

At Escape Studios, we aim to enhance what you learn in the studio and apply this to the real world. One of the many ways we are able to do this is through our amazing industry partners. Not only did they help to create our degrees to form unique programmes to fill the skills shortages in the workplace, but they also regularly come in to visit, providing student feedback and giving talks.

Most recently, some of our short course students had an animation masterclass from Pixar Animator Royce Wesley and received feedback from Anya Jo Elvidge. Our undergraduate students also got the opportunity to work on the horror film From Me To You.

2. You’ll be taught by experts

All of our tutors have come from the creative industry, meaning they have first-hand experience of working on huge projects (films, tv shows and games), which means they have insiders knowledge that our students get to learn too. Here are just a few examples of what our tutors have done in the past:

  • Alex Williams: Head of Animation
    Having worked on The Lion King, Robots and The Iron Giant, Alex has spent over 25 years working in the animation industry, and has now spent the last 20 years in teaching.

  • Davi Stein: Head of 2D VFX
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Dark Knight, and Pirates of the Carribean 2: Dead Man’s Chest are just a few of the films Davi has worked on, often taking senior roles in compositing.

  • Philip Meredith: Games Art tutor
    Philip has previously worked on Runescape, Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows and Overlord. He has over 10 years of experience working in video games and computer graphics.

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3. You’ll get to try all three subjects in your first year

In order to understand the full production pipeline, you’ll be studying VFX, Games and Animation all in your first year.

You’ll spend your first year working in teams on six different projects to help broaden your understanding and work with others to combine your skill sets to create something spectacular. This also means that if you’re still unsure of which creative pathway is for you, you may be able to switch disciplines in year two (if there’s enough space on the course). To find out more about what your first year will be like, take a look at the following posts:

4. We have three AWESOME Scholarships

At Escape Studios, we offer one full fee scholarships for our VFX, Games and Animation undergraduate courses. The winners are selected based upon their performance at one of our Creative Workshops and the standard of their Creative Portfolio. The shortlisted students’ work will be viewed by someone from the industry (which is an opportunity very few students would get). All you need to do to apply is make an application through UCAS and attend a Creative Workshop.

5.You’ll get to experience student life in the Capital (aka London!)

Not only do we have an amazing student association (also known as the PCSA), but being a student at Pearson College London also means you’ll have access to Student Central, just a 10 minute walk away from campus, which has hundreds of clubs and societies, a bar, cafe, a gym and the largest indoor pool in London! Our Central London location also means that when you’re not studying, there's no end to fun things to enjoy with your friends, so check out our ten fun finds within 10 minutes of campus.

6. We have a Movie Club!

One of the most enjoyed societies offered to Escape Studios students is the Movie Club. Not only do students get the opportunity to watch the latest and greatest blockbusters, but afterwards they sometimes get a chance to ask one of the creators about their film - how amazing is that?! Some of the recent Movie Club guests include:

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7. You’ll study in small class sizes

Learning in our state-of-the-art studios will help to give you the best learning experience. Our classes have no more than 30 students at a time, to encourage students to learn pro-actively through group tasks and interactive sessions that help you to get the most out of your learning. In addition to this, there is always at least one studio assistant on hand to help you keep up with the class and to provide a helping hand outside of class time too. Why not take an online tour of our campus to see for yourself!

Small class sizes combined with high contact hours makes studying at Escape Studios unique from other universities. It ensures that you can produce the best projects possible and making the most from the advice given by our expert tutors.

8. You’ll learn and work on Industry standard software

At Escape Studios you’ll be taught from day one how to use industry standard software. If you choose to study VFX, you’ll learn to use Nuke (the same software that was also used in Deadpool), for Games you’ll use Unreal Engine (Gears of War 3 was also created using this software), and for Animation you’ll use Maya (also used to create Monsters Inc).

But why does this mean you should study at Escape Studios? Using industry standard software gets you ready for the workplace, meaning your future employer won’t need to spend valuable hours training you, as you’ll already have an advanced skill set.

9. You have the option to study an integrated masters

Continuing your studies for a further year will help to develop your business skills. As many people working in the creative industry are freelancers, it is imperative to have good selling skills to ensure that your work can be discovered by other professionals and is important if you want to take the route of setting up your own studio. The modules studied in your 4th year include:

  • Art and Design (30 credits) - relating to your specialism
  • Craft (30 credits) - relating to your specialism
  • Process (30 credits) - relating to your specialism
  • Business (30 credits) - to help you get the knowledge you’ll need to set up a studio

Studying an integrated masters can also be cheaper than doing your degree, and studying a separate Postgraduate programme. Find out more about integrated masters here.

10. You’ll graduate with a complete showreel

After you’ve completed your studies, you’ll graduate with a complete showreel filled with all your projects from the past three years. Even if your showreel is not completely ready, our Aftercare team will be available to help you out.

Take a look at some of our showreels listed on our YouTube channel: VFX showreel, Games showreel, Animation showreel.

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These are just 10 out of the many reasons why you should choose to study at Escape Studios. But if you’re still not convinced, why not chat to some of our current students?

10 Reasons to apply to Escape Studios
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