Monday, July 30, 2018

CAA The Supplement / Coming soon @ the V&A: Design/Play/Disrupt

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt  - 

Explore the design and culture of contemporary videogames

Exhibition opens Saturday 8th September

This exhibition provides a unique insight into the design process behind a selection of groundbreaking contemporary videogames. Design work, including concept art and prototypes, feature alongside large-scale immersive installations and interactives.

Full details and tickets HERE

FAO CAA Yr 2, 3 & Graduates: Mentors For New 1st Years Required!

Their Spiderman needs your Ironman!

Okay, so it won't be long until the new term arrives, and with it, a new bunch of first years we need to get into good shape in the quickest time.  I always ask for mentors - students who can help me cut through some of those FAQs and sloppier habits, and all those little blogging things you remember doing, but now make you cringe to think about!  In the first instance, I'll be looking for about 10 mentors to take on about 3 new students each and your job will be to get in there and make them feel at home, but also to get in front of anything you think may not be helping them getting the most from their experience.  Very soon, the new blogs will start coming through, and I'll start sharing them on the group blog, and I'll be seeking to pair mentors and mentorees as soon as that happens so you can get in there from the outset and weed out any issues even before term begins.

So, I'm looking for constructive, confident and friendly mentors to help me get the new academic year off to a super positive start.  If you're interested, please leave a comment below and I'll be in contact!  Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

CAA Careers: Exciting job opportunity - Junior Motion Designer, London

Alumni Jamie Wathen has let us know of an exciting job opportunity at Recruitd, where he is Head of Animation.  
Some background on the company - 

'Recruitd is an online platform that enables recruitment agencies to magnify their recruitment brand, to effectively showcase what makes them different and to grow their workforce
We offer a centralised platform for jobseeker and employers to recognise recruitment agencies based on the experiences that they offer.
Recruitd is more than just ratings and reviews, we help recruitment brands demonstrate the quality of their service, culture and values through bespoke creative content fit for their recrutid profile. Giving a window into what makes them different.
A recruitment brand is also about the people that you employ. That’s why we help recruitment companies grow their workforce with people that can represent the organisation in the best way possible
We’re just getting started on our mission, to reposition recruitment agencies as the best source for hiring.'

For the Junior Motion Designer role, the candidate will have a high skill level in After Effects with any high quality 3D as a bonus. The candidate will work mostly on high quality 2D motion graphics for internal branding as well as client branding. 

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please contact Jamie on

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

CAA The Supplement / Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema

New series on BBC4... catch up now on iPlayer HERE- Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema.

Kermode examines the techniques and conventions behind classic movie genres, beginning in episode one with Romantic Comedy.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

CAA Careers: Canterbury Anifest - submissions now being accepted!

Canterbury Anifest is back for Spring 2019!  

They are now looking for submissions of animations up to 10 minutes in length, that have been completed in 2017 or 2018.  Closing date 21st January.

Awards will be given for the following categories:

Best British Film

Best International Film

Best Student Film

Best Animation of Character

Best Sound

Best Art Design

Audience Award

There is also the opportunity to design a character to feature throughout the festival - closing date for this part of the competition is 31st October 2018.

Full details of the festival and both competitions can be found HERE.


Monday, July 16, 2018

CAA Careers: Work placements? Share your experiences!

Some of you have already undertaken work placements, and some of you might still have things lined up for later in the summer... I thought it might be interesting for your fellow CAA classmates (and the new incoming students) to hear how things went for you.  

If you want to share your experiences, send me your 'story' and I'll put it up under the Careers banner!   
Email me at

Friday, July 13, 2018

CAA @ New Designers 2018 - Private View 4th July

CAA @ New Designers 2018!

What a lovely evening it was! (& many thanks to Rob Roach for the photos!) It was so wonderful to see so many of the old faces back together one - a real meeting of generations at VC66 this year.  Next year is our 10 year anniversary at New Designers - and the plan is to turn the private view into an epic alumni reunion - our biggest yet! - so save the date: Wednesday 3rd July, 2019.  If you're a graduate of Computer Animation Arts, you have somewhere you need to be!

This image gives me the warm and fuzzies!