Wednesday, August 24, 2016

FAO CAA Years 2 & 3 / Rome / February 27th - March 3rd / Any Takers?

This is a very early shout-out to see if students might be interested in picking up where we left off last year and getting ourselves off to Rome for a 5 day adventure in late February 2017. In all previous years, participating in a field trip has meant missing a week of your timetabled classes - but not so this year. You will have noticed that as part of your Term 1 timetable there is a 'study week', which is repeated in Term 2. These study weeks simply mean that you have no scheduled classes with tutors. That said, you're still getting as many timetabled weeks as in all previous years. Short version is the proposed Rome trip would take place in your Term 2 study week, which hopefully means more of you will feel happier at taking up this extra-curricular activity.  As in previous years, CAA alumni are welcome to accompany us.  You might also be interested to know that the course would be going solo in this instance, so not a shared trip with Creative Arts for Theatre & Film.

Unfortunately, last year's trip was cancelled because of a lack of student interest and I know many of you were disappointed.  In terms of student numbers, we'd be looking at taking at least 40 across all 3 years, but we could no doubt take more if the interest was there.

So, it's a long way off, but I will need to start organising this trip as soon as the new term starts, so get the word out and give me an idea, via a comment on this post, if you're interested.  The likely cost of the trip will be £300 or so, as per the cancelled trip.  I'll be able to get a better idea of the price once I have an idea of the numbers of students interested.  If you could use your social networks to get this information shared widely, that would be appreciated.  Many thanks.

Monday, August 22, 2016

CAA One-A-Day: Sometimes I Stutter

Sweet, simple and sincere - and goes to show that animation loves small, personal stories. 

NEW: Incoming First Year Blogs #1

It begins! Our first four all-new blogs from four all-new CAA recruits!  Add their urls to your Blogger reading lists and prepare to make them feel welcome.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

FAO CAA Yr 2 & 3: Some Tough Sons Of Bitches Required!

We've got some new recruits heading our way and we're going to need some tough sons of bitches to mentor them.... well, actually, I'm looking for any second or third years who would be happy to adopt two or 3 first years - via their blogs - and just work with them during the first five weeks of their new term - i.e. for the duration of the Invisible Cities project, which we know can be a challenge in terms of cranking out the required work, at the required speed, and at the required quality.  Mentoring is one of those things that only really works if you actually roll up your sleeves and get stuck in, so if you think you've got what it takes to be a force for good, then let me know via a comment on this blog, or via a follow-up email.  I'm going to be looking for at least 12 - 15 mentors, so don't be a stick-in-the-mud.  If you remember how and when and why you struggled to make the leap onto CAA proper, then do the decent thing and get on board.  I look forward to hearing from you.  

FAO CAA Yr 2 & 3: Friday 16th September / Wetherspoons 'Meet The Newbies' Shindig 2016

Dear all - just putting this out there nice and early so you can 'save the date'.  In a short matter of weeks, CAA will be welcoming its latest batch of new recruits, and as per tradition, it would be nice if you could help us break the ice by popping up at the Rochester Wetherspoons on Friday 16th September to welcome them into the fold.  I'm sure you remember what it felt like to be new and a bit nervous when your first September as an undergraduate rolled around!  Save the date and see you there.

FAO CAA Yr 3: Your Term 1 Timetable*

I've already had a few emails requesting info on your new Year 3 Term 1 timetable - see below. 

*Experience tells us that things can change a bit once everyone is back at UCA and timetabling glitches present themselves, but, at time of writing, this is pretty much your routine until Christmas (can't believe I've just typed that word!).  Please note the hand-in date of your draft dissertations - 21st November.  I'm sure it sounds like a long way off.  Trust me when I say it isn't!  I'm looking forward to having you back - see you soon!  Use your no-doubt dynamic and expansive social networks to ensure everyone has seen this information - much appreciated.