Today we are talking to Alex Williams (Head of Animation) about his interests and advice for prospective students.


Alex has over 25 years experience working in the animation industry and some of his film credits include; The Lion King, Robots, The Road to El Dorado, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Iron Giant. He also has 20 years experience working and teaching in higher education.

  1. What was your inspiration when you were a student?

It would have to be the classic Disney films and also the old Looney Tunes cartoons.

  1. When were you extremely impressed by a students work?

At one of our workshops we had four applicants from a single school (which has a focus on creative arts). What struck me was how impressive the students' portfolios were. All four were all studying digital arts, being trained in the right software (Maya) and all of them had already managed to go beyond the basics of learning technology to develop their own creative voice. Creativity, after all, can only emerge once the student has mastered basic techniques.

  1. Do you have any tips for a prospective students portfolio?

The short answer is - a bit of everything: drawing, painting, life drawing, sketches, scribbles, 3D digital artwork - whatever you have to hand - ideally uploaded to a website or blog.

It would also be beneficial to create a digital portfolio, the best kind is a website or blog showcasing your work.