Monday, February 18, 2019

FAO CAA Year 1: 'From Script To Screen' Submission Checklist & Final Crit Requirements 22/02/2019

What follows are instructions for your crit presentations and reminders of what you need to present and submit. Please use your social networks to ensure everyone has seen this information and understood it. Any queries, please leave a comment and I'll clarify where necessary.

In response to the three story components given you at the time of briefing, you are asked to pre-produce an original two minute animation. 

Your pre-production is to be submitted in 2 parts;

1) Pre-Viz, to include:

a) 2d animatic with soundtrack & transitions.
b) Maya pre-viz with soundtrack & transitions

2) An ‘Art Of’ publication, to include:

a) concept art : environment design
b) concept art : character design
c) concept art : prop design
d) Final environment designs
e) Final prop designs
f) Final character designs (character sheets)
g) Final presentation storyboards
h) Final script

You are asked to produce a comprehensive blog archiving and annotating your creative development during the duration of the unit.  You should use the blog to reflect critically upon your own creative practice and the wider cultural and thematic context of the unit.

Important! Your blog must include:

1) Your final CG Pre-Viz.
2) Your final Animatic.
3) Your ‘Art Of’ publication (as Scribd Presentation)
4) Final storyboards.
5) Final script.
6) Draft scripts/story development – to include:

a) The Development 
b) The Treatment
c) The Step Outline
d) The Premise
e) The Logline
f) Character Biographies

7) Preparatory storyboards (anything you've storyboarded in development of your final boards).
8) Final concept art for character/environment/props.
9) Supporting artwork for character/environment/props.
10) Supporting research for character/environment/props (anything you've looked at in development of your assets).
11) Influence maps for character/environment/props.
12) Your film reviews for the ‘Cutting Edge’ film series. 
13) Your ‘like-for-like’ storyboard segment.
14) All exercises/outcomes from your Character Workshops with Justin Wyatt
15) Your final submission must include a short reflective statement. A reflective statement is a statement in which the student considers their experience of a project. Reflective statements are used to understand past events, learn lessons and identify best practice.

You will present on crit day from a single presentation blog post comprising your 'Art Of' publication, animatic and Maya pre-viz. Your presentation should follow this order: 
  1. Art Of 
  2. Animatic 
  3. Maya Pre-viz.
Important: please note, your From Script To Screen crit starts at 10am sharp in Lecture Theatre 1 - at which point the doors will close.  The order in which you'll be presenting your work will be randomised, which means any one of you may be presenting first!

If circumstances beyond your control* prevent you from attending on time, you must contact Hazel Searles before 10am. Students should seek to arrive in advance of the start time to ensure they are prepared. Your project management and professionalism count. Please prepare for your crit as you would for an interview or pitch. For some 'Rough Guide' style advice re. the stuff of engaging crit presentations, please go here.
And finally...

This is you. You're going to be amazing!

*But not issues in regard to last-minute technical problems that reflect poor project management. Thursday is your deadline, not Friday.

Please use your social networks to ensure everyone has seen this information. Many thanks.

Friday, February 15, 2019

CAA Careers: Paid summer internship with Superspline Studios

Today's exciting work experience opportunity comes to you courtesy of Superspline Studios in beautiful Leamington Spa.  They are offering a 3 month paid internship, starting in May (with some flexibility on start date).

Find out more about the work placement, and apply HERE!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

CAA One-A-Day: Enough

I bloody love this!

CAA One-A-Day: Smash And Grab

CAA Careers: Work experience at Bloc Digital...

Please could the students who expressed an interest in the work experience opportunity at Bloc Digital, make sure that they have checked their UCA email for further instructions... if you could reply to my email so that I know you have seen it, that would be great - Thank you!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

CAA Careers: Watch this space! Exciting internship opportunities coming soon!

Over the next day or so, I will be bringing you some exciting work experience opportunities, so keep your eyes peeled! 

In the meantime, be thinking about making sure your blogs are up-to-date and professional looking, and likewise any other platforms you share your work on.  Remember, first impressions count! 

Monday, February 11, 2019

FAO CAA Yr 1 & 2 / The Internal Student Survey 2019 Is Go!

Today is launch day for the Internal Student Survey 2019.  The short version is the ISS is the opportunity for current year 1 and 2 students to feedback to the University about their experience at UCA so far.  Your feedback is valued very highly by the University.

You can access the survey here.  

Your login details for the survey have been emailed to your UCA email accounts - please check - you'll need the username and password it contains.

Okay - so what does the survey entail? 30 core questions relating to the following aspects of the student learning experience:

  • Teaching on my Course (Are you learning stuff and is it challenging?)
  • Assessment and Feedback (i.e. blogs/tutorials/OGRs/crits/proformas/chats in the refectory...)
  • Academic Support  (quality of feedback/availability of help etc.)
  • Organisation and Management (timetables & communication between staff & students etc.)
  • Learning Resources (spaces, kit, library...)
  • Personal Development (i.e. core skills/greater confidence presenting/writing/drawing/doing stuff etc).
  • Overall Satisfaction (Are we doing okay?)
  • Students' Union

The survey doesn't take long, but it is important you consider your responses carefully. It may feel like just another box-ticking exercise - but it isn't. The ISS survey is crucial to our understanding of what you think about us, and UCA more broadly. You're telling us about the things we're doing well and where stuff needs improving. You're highlighting the weaknesses and safe-guarding the good bits. You can help your course team make things better. Your feedback is used to improve the experience for future students, so be honest, but be constructive. Your views on what we do become part of formal monitoring processes within the University, which promotes discussion and debate. In short - data derived from the ISS - from you - is taken very seriously!  Rest assured, the findings of the survey are anonymous!

If, when you've completed the survey, could you leave a 'Done it' comment on this post that would be helpful!

If you have any queries regarding the ISS - for example, should you experience difficulty logging in or accessing the survey, please email

Many thanks!

Friday, February 08, 2019

FAO CAA Yr 1 & 2: The 2019 Internal Student Survey - Launching Monday!

You'll soon be invited to complete the Internal Student Survey (ISS). 

The ISS asks current students for a rating of their satisfaction via multiple choice questions for the following areas: 

1) Teaching
2)  Assessment and Feedback
3)  Academic Support
4)  Organisation & management
5)  Learning Resources
6)  Personal Development
7)  Overall satisfaction with the quality of your course
8)  Students’ Union

There are also free-text questions which ask you to feedback on your course and university experience.

Improving the student experience is a key strategy to our development as a University. The survey is crucial to our understanding of what you think about us. It informs us of the things we're doing well and where they need improving. Your feedback is used to improve the student experience. Results become part of formal monitoring processes within the University.  Put simply, UCA takes your feedback via this survey very seriously so consider your responses carefully.

On Monday, you will be sent an invite email to your UCA email address.  The invitation email will include the link to survey and a username and password.

Watch this space for more information - in the meantime, please share this notification widely via your social networks.  Many thanks.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

FAO CAA Yr 1: Contexts / 2000 Word Written Assignment / OGR / Friday 1st March 2019

Friday 1st March 2019 is your Contexts 2000 Word Written Assignment OGR

Your OGR is to be presented as a single Scribd presentation on your blog, beginning with your name, date, and project title. Save your documents as PDFs before uploading to Scribd, as this should mitigate against formating glitches. Your OGR presentations should be uploaded to your blogs by Friday 1st March. Written feedback will follow as a comment on your OGR post and will take between 2 - 3 days.

Contexts OGR:  What do you need to present?
  • Your introduction (completed).
  • A paragraph-by-paragraph plan for your main body to include supporting quotes, paraphrases and illustrations.
  • A completed research proforma (at least 12 entries).

In short, I should be able to look at your OGR and see your argument, use of supporting evidence and structure very clearly before you commit time and energy to writing every word - and thus be able to feedback, trouble-shoot and fine-tune usefully.  Importantly, your paragraph plan requires you to have done the difficult bit - i.e. figured out what you want to say about your subject, how you're going to say it, why you're saying it, and how you're going to prove what you're saying using reputable sources.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

CAA Careers: Wed 6th Feb...Introduction to Freelancing

The Careers & Employability SPECTRA programme is a series of events including talks and workshops, designed to help you progress in your career.

Are you considering being self-employed or freelancing? This workshop will take you through the pros, cons and things you need to know before you get started.

  • An Introduction to Freelancing
  • Wednesday 6th February
  • 14.00 - 15.30, Lecture Theatre 1
All students welcome! 

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Post With The Most 03/02/2019

This month's Computer Animation Arts Post With The Most is like browsing the shelves of a library. Indeed, we have so many student 'Art Ofs' for your leisurely perusal you might need two cups of tea and an entire packet of biscuits to see everything on here.

Art Ofs are our way of celebrating the full scope of creative work undertaken by our students as they take their ideas from those first nebulous projections in their mind's eye to something concrete, polished, fit-for-purpose, professionalised and shareable.  Let them serve as a rebuff to those funny ideas some people have that on a course specialising in production for 3D animation it's 'the computer' doing all the work!  Ha! Take even the shortest time to flip through some of these publications and you'll see at once our students are formidably powerful in terms of imagining story worlds and their respective inhabitants - oh yeah, and they can build and animate all this stuff too!

Let's kick things off with a selection of design bibles originating from the Year 2 Toolkit classes, where they had to develop original characters in response to randomised prompts...

Our hard-working final year students have just passed the half-way mark on the production of their graduate films with a mid-point submission of their progress so far.  They have an extraordinary amount of work still left to do over the coming months before their hand-in in May, so there is little time to rest on their laurels.  That said, let's all take a moment to review their progress so far and congratulate them on their accomplishments thus far!

Arnold and Ella / Art Of (Minor submission) / Polly Gwinnett

Arnold and Ella / Character turnarounds  / Polly Gwinnett

Long Way Home / Art Of (Minor submission) / Karolina Urlikyte

The Memoirs of Adelaide Rodriques / Art Of (Minor submission) / Eleanor Spence

Playtime / Lava turnaround / Douy Singsamran

Tag / Lava turnaround / Douy Singsamran

Playtime / King  turnaround / Douy Singsamran

Playtime / Hide turnaround / Douy Singsamran

Mr Plimsolls / Animatic / Katie Lima

Mr Plimsolls / Character turnaround  / Katie Lima

How The Stars Came To Glisten / Moon and Sun character turnarounds / Rhia Crouch

Lost Boy / Art Of (Minor submission) / Graeme Daly

Lost Boy / Young Graeme turnaround (wip) / Graeme Daly

Lost Boy / Older Graeme turnaround (wip) / Graeme Daly

Lost Boy / Mrs Pratt turnaround (wip) / Graeme Daly

None Of This / Art Of (Minor submission) / Ellie Row

None Of This / 'The Body' turnaround / Ellie Row

Mr Leopard / Character turnarounds / Laura Boots

Paris Lucke

A Time Part / Fred model test render / Paris Lucke

A Time Part / Doris model test render / Paris Lucke

A Time Apart / Fred turnaround / Paris Lucke

A Time Apart / Character turnarounds / Paris Lucke

A Time Apart / Fred rigging demo  / Paris Lucke

The Cherry Red Shed / Art Of (Minor submission) / Ruth Cann

The Cherry Red Shed / 'Ruth' turnaround  / Ruth Cann

Separated By Time / Art Of (Minor submission) / Anastasija Strelcova

Separated By Time / Animatic (updated)  / Anastasija Strelcova

Separated By Time / Character turnarounds  / Anastasija Strelcova

Meanwhile, work continues on Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans - our commissioned animation for the Seaside Museum Herne Bay telling the story of how a collection of Roman pots found their way onto the tables of Whitstable fishermen.  Loyal readers of the PWTM will know that we've working closely with the staff and pupils of Herne Bay Junior School, casting the talented Lake Blumenthal as our voice artist for Marcus, the titular Samian-ware pot whose adventures we're adapting for the small screen.  Early in January, Lake visited the facilities at UCA's Television Production course, where he worked with TV Production's staff to record his dialogue for the animation.  While we were there, a journalist from Meridian News interviewed Lake about his role in the film, and so it was our Heritage Lottery-funded project made it onto the local news!

Lake Blumenthal recording his dialogue in UCA's Television Production's all-new sound studio
Emily Clarkson - Art Director, Production Designer, Environment Artist, Animator (the list goes on!) - continues work on the project, her energy unflagging.  Likewise, Ethan Shilling, the project's technical director, who has just met two big production milestones - the rigging of the four pudding pan characters - Marcus, Saturio, Belsa and Gaius - and also Scuttle, their crustacean side-kick.  This now means animation can soon begin, and I've reached out to a few familiar faces from CAA's recent past, so more updates about the team very soon.

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / Marcus model / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled and rigged by Ethan Shilling

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / Gaius  model / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled and rigged by Ethan Shilling

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / Belsa model / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled and rigged by Ethan Shilling

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / Saturio model / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled and rigged by Ethan Shilling

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / Scuttle model posed  / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled by Alan Postings & rigged by Ethan Shilling

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / Scuttle model textured / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled by Alan Postings & rigged by Ethan Shilling

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / Sound stage set / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled by Emily Clarkson & Simon Holland

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / The pudding pans onboard ship / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled & rigged by Ethan Shilling

Oh yes - and at one point the script calls for a giant octopus (or rather a tentacle belonging to a giant octopus) and with thanks to Simon Holland, CAA's lecturer in 3D Production for Animation, we now have one!

Marcus & The Mystery Of The Pudding Pans / The Giant Octopus! / Design by Emily Clarkson, modelled by Simon Holland, rigged by Ethan Shilling

The Last Word...

'Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.' Helen Keller

Thursday, January 31, 2019

FAO CAA Yr 3: Minor Assessment Proformas Available Now & 99 Days!

Your Minor project assessment proformas have now been sent to your UCA accounts. Please read your feedback carefully and closely - and then read it again.  Alan and I have taken time and energy to put things as plainly and as truthfully as possible for you - and our goal is to ensure the terrain of your Major project is clear to you.  Your Major project is worth 60 credits; this is a transformative weighting and has the power to propel students into higher grade boundaries and make real change in terms of your ultimate degree classifications.  

Without exception, all your reflective statements evidenced you'd underestimated the time and effort required to deliver your films on schedule.  If there is one thing all students need to take forward now it's simply this: you need to use every available day with clarity of purpose and with passion!  To help  you focus on the task in hand, I have some numbers for you...

As of today, you have just 99 days before final hand-in!

... as of today, you have just over 14 weeks before final hand in!


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

FAO all years: Introduce a friend, and earn £350 !

Calling all students!  Recently announced on myUCA - just in case you missed it!

'Following the outstanding news that the University has been awarded the title of Modern University of the Year 2019 in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide, we are inviting all Undergraduate students to spread the good news by introducing a friend to UCA for September 2019.

>> A modern approach to co-creating our community with our students

Starting from the 1st November 2018, if you know someone you think would be a good fit for UCA to enrol in September 2019 on to any Undergraduate course, the University will be offering £350 per enrolee (up to a maximum of 4 enrolees) to current Undergraduate students* every time someone they have referred joins the institution following a successful application.

Increasing our creative community by bringing the best talent to UCA will be hugely important in maintaining our quality of teaching, student experience and developing our facilities over the next decade. We believe that our current students are the most likely people to have friends and family that would be perfectly placed at UCA to have an incredible creative career in the area of creative arts, business and technology.
The award will be made to you as a current student when your enrolee has completed their first term at UCA following enrolment in September 2019.

How to introduce a friend

If there is someone you’d like to introduce, all they need to do is ensure your full name and UCA Student Number are included during the application process*, citing you as their contact at the University and validating you as a referee. If your friend(s) should go on to enrol and join UCA in September 2019, you will be recognised as having acted as an advocate and helping the University to directly find the next generation of UCA students.
By committing to working with our current students to co-create our future student community, we believe that students should share in the benefits of keeping more of the University’s funding within the community and spending less on speculative advertising, promotion and events.

We hope that this will enhance the experience of both our current students, future students and the wider community to bring networks of friends together across years that remain long into our graduates’ careers.

So spread the word in your own way and help the University to bring the best new talent to our campuses in 2019!'

CAA Careers: Reposting - Exciting work experience opportunity in May!

Now that your dissertations are all done and dusted, I just thought I would re-post this exciting work experience opportunity...

I know it seems a long way off, but before you know it, it'll be May, all your hard work will be handed in, and you'll be out there in the real world...

I'm very excited to announce that I have managed to secure a week's work experience for one student, starting from the 20th May, with Bloc Digital, who are based in Derby.  Read all about them HERE!

If you feel you might like to be considered for this position (or have any questions), please leave a comment below and I will be in touch! 

If you have already expressed your interest, you don't need to do so again :) 

Friday, January 25, 2019

FAO CAA Yr 1: From Script To Screen OGR 2 / Wednesday 6th February

Wednesday 6th February is your 'From Script To Screen' Online Greenlight Review 2 (OGR)

Your OGR is to be presented as a single Scribd presentation on your blog, beginning with your name, date, and project title. Save your documents as PDFs before uploading to Scribd, as this should mitigate against formating glitches. Your OGR presentations should be uploaded to your blogs by  Wednesday 6th February. Written feedback will follow as a comment on your OGR post and will take between 2 - 3 days.

From Script To Screen OGR 2: What do you need to present?
  • Final script (as written using appropriate conventions (see Toy Story example and also here).
  • Completed 'first pass storyboard' with illustrated camera moves etc and in accordance with storyboarding conventions.  I want to see evidence you're using your storyboarding resources and applying your understanding of film language to your own 'directing with a pencil'. Also, no stick men! 'First pass' means getting all your shots panelled out without committing to lots and lots of design.  Don't be tempted to 'colour in' or 'make perfect'; you need to ensure your shots are communicating successfully before you polish them up for your animatic. 
  • Your definitive 'Production Design' influence map (the art direction underpinning your story world).
  • Developmental thumbnails & concept art for Character(s) / Environment(s) / Prop(s).

In addition, your OGR should evidence that you are up-to-date with your film reviews and ongoing Toolkit project work (life-drawing/Maya tutorials/Nat's animation exercises/Justin's character exercises etc). Your OGR might include links to the corresponding posts and/or images. Historically, students who use their OGR to manage their weekly tasks in this way manage their workloads more successfully. Please note: your OGR should be a professionally presented, spell-checked, with an emphasis on graphic design, layout and project branding.

Please use your social networks to ensure everyone has seen this message.  Many thanks!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

FAO CAA YEAR 2: Infographic Submission Date Confirmation

Year 2: Infographic Submission Date Confirmation

During the Maya class presentation I gave you a submission date of 14th Feb for your infographic (title credit sequence). Whilst this is technically 'five weeks' into the course I would like you all to have five full weeks to complete your work instead. Therefore the deadline has been extended to the Thursday 21st Feb to give you the full amount of time. Of course, use the extra time wisely.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

FAO 1st Years; an exciting opportunity to study abroad in your second year!

Applications are now open for Study Abroad!

Applications are now open for first year students to apply to study abroad for half of their second year. The deadline to apply is Monday 4 March 2019. Students can apply for a part funded exchange in Europe with Erasmus+ or go to one of our international exchange partners outside of Europe.
See HERE for more details.

Why should students study abroad?

Study abroad offers a unique opportunity to enhance students’ career prospects and gain new skills. They can boost their employability by developing cross cultural understanding, foreign language skills and a global mindset. An important aspect of broadening their experience is the opportunity to develop links with key emerging economies and form networks to set students up in their future careers. They’ll develop initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where they go, a working knowledge of another language – all qualities employers are looking for. Students will return to complete their degree with all the benefits of international experience behind them.

Where can CAA students study? 

Hungary - Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design
Italy - Instituto Europeo di Design (IED) Rome or Milan
USA - Lesley University
USA - Maryland Institute College of Art

Check out #UCAStudyAbroad on Instagram to see some great images from our students who are currently studying abroad.

Go HERE for full details on how to apply.

Mood Boost Course - change your thoughts and actions, and FEEL BETTER! :)

Mood Boost Course

A free mini course on Tuesdays for students to learn skills and strategies to tackle low mood.

Starts 26th February 2019

Over this 4 week course...
  • Learn to apply proved practical strategies for improving mood.
  • Identify strategies to practice in your own time.
  • Build a foundation for increasing confidence, happiness and resilience.
The Mood Boost course is aimed at students with mild to moderate depression and anxiety.  To gain the maximum benefit it is necessary for the participants to attend all four sessions.

I will bring some application forms down to the baseroom, and application forms are also available from the Gateway desk in the library. Please return them to the Gateway by 24th February.

Be Happy! :D 

CAA Careers: FAO 3rd yrs - Work experience opportunity with Bloc Digital

I know it seems a long way off, but before you know it, it'll be May, all your hard work will be handed in, and you'll be out there in the real world...

I'm very excited to announce that I have managed to secure a week's work experience for one student, starting from the 20th May, with Bloc Digital, who are based in Derby.  Read all about them HERE !

If you feel you might like to be considered for this position (or have any questions), please leave a comment below and I will be in touch! 

FAO CAA Year 3: Timetable Update

All 3rd Year Students: Timetable Update.

Please be aware that an updated timetable has been uploaded to MyUCA. The updates include, dates for Nuke classes with Simon, adjustments to the Maya class dates, and additional sessions to get 'project help' with myself in the last month of the Major Project. Please download the new timetable. You can find it under MyUCA/Major Project/Teaching Materials

- Please pass this information onto anyone you feel may not see this post.

Monday, January 21, 2019

ACCESS VFX: Visual Effects, Animation and Games: Industry Connect

ACCESS:VFX "is a cross company initiative that promotes diversity and inclusion in the VFX and Creative industry. Many VFX companies, educational establishments and industry organisations have come together to create initiatives & events to help raise awareness and champion the important issue, helping to bring about change. Our partners include, The Mill, Third Floor, Framestore, DNEG, Next Gen, Blue Zoo, Escape Studios and many more."

"ACCESS: VFX, UK Black Tech, The Brixton Finishing School and Ultra Education are teaming up to host a series of 'Industry Connect' events that will promote careers and entry routes into the UK VFX, animation and games industry."

"This first event, hosted on the evening of Wednesday 27th February at Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton will start the ball rolling by hosting an evening where future talent, students, parents and teachers can attend and hear from industry about the the different routes, skills required and available training in VFX, animation and games."

The event is FREE and upcoming events will focus around software training and e-mentorship.
Go HERE to sign up for a free ticket.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

FAO CAA Yr 3: Thesis/Extended Thesis - Best Of Luck For The Final Push!

This is a message for all our hard-working final year students who are sitting over their respective keyboards doing battle with their theses... hold your nerve and keep going!  I'm sure you're all experiencing moments like Paul Sheldon in Stephen King's Misery... see below!

When in doubt, just stop and take a look again at your plans and keep asking yourself this simple question: "What does the reader need from this paragraph?"  Ask yourself, "Is this paragraph earning its keep? Is it doing an identifiable job?  Is it making use of good supporting evidence? How is it helping your argument get from A to B as purposefully as possible?"  

Your enemies now are repetition, deviation from the through-line of your argument, and departing from evidence-based discussion.  Are you saying the same thing over and over ?  Are you going off on tangents at the last minute? Are you asserting things to be true - or true of everything or everyone - without the necessary evidence to support your claims?  As students get more tired, academic conventions and the 'tone' of their writing tend to be the first things to slip, so take a break, freshen-up, and reappraise the academic quality of what you're writing, and how you're writing it.

Proof-reading: if you haven't roped someone in to proof-read for you, rope them in.  A fresh pair of eyes will be invaluable to you if you want to mitigate against annoying typos and grammatical errors.

Some basic house-keeping: you need to provide two bound hard-copies of your Thesis to be handed in to Campus Registry on Friday 25th January between 4pm and 5pm.  Prior to this, you will need to have uploaded your Thesis to Turnitin, retrieved your ID number, and added it to your assessment cover sheet (available on myUCA etc).   You need to be aware that Campus Registry are instructed to close the door to any student submission after 5pm... Even if you are a minute late, Campus Registry will disallow your submission.  Every year, one student will push their luck and things always end in tears.  

I suggest you seek to submit early and leave nothing to chance.  Printing and binding a thesis all take time and if you're doing everything at the last minute, you are upping the chance of falling victim to unforeseen circumstances. 

You can purchase binders from the UCA shop (Ground floor) - and there are binding machines in the UCA library, though I strongly recommend you ask for assistance before attempting this - and please don't attempt it at the last minute!

Other things to remember: you need to ensure your thesis is presented according to academic conventions: contents page, page numbers (students often forget to paginate their work in their hurry), and 1.5 spacing for your text.  Things to avoid: don't 'text wrap' your illustrations, as this often creates disjointed formatting and makes for a more difficult reading experiencing.  Present your text and illustrations the way you would on your blogs - so a paragraph of text followed by a centred illustration, followed by a paragraph of text and so on.  Trust me - your assessor will appreciate this sane, simple approach.  

Many of you are writing your theses using bullet-points or sub-headings to help you cover all the points you need to make.  You should remove all bullet-points and sub-headings from your chapters prior to submission, as these create the impression of reading 'a list' or a 'chapter plan' and assessors don't like them because it fragments your argument.  The only titles should be your main headings at the start of each new chapter.

Remember too: write (or re-write) your Introduction last; this is so you can accommodate any changes in your argument that have happened naturally in response to your research.  This is the moment where you can re-clarify 'what' you've written, and 'how' you've written it and which theorists and ideas have become most important to your debate.  Your introduction should mirror the thesis you've actually written, not the version you started writing much earlier.  They will not necessarily be the same thing at all at this stage - and that's okay!

And finally - make no mistake: your Thesis represents a huge achievement.  It's not easy.  It's a massive challenge.  Don't underestimate what you're undertaking.  Take pride in just how difficult this  task is, and how well you've managed it so far.  You're a final year undergraduate student - it doesn't get more grown-up than this!

This is you @ 4pm on Friday!  Job done.