BA (Hons) coursesAnimation Production

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Peter Symons

Course Leader

Peter’s main teaching specialism is the discipline of drawing and visualisation – one of the core skills central to the ethos of this traditional 2D drawn approach to animation education.

Peter is also involved in teaching the importance of operating within a team to enable film production and helps students develop this key transferable skill.

Peter is the Course Leader of BA (Hons) Animation Production.

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Prof. Paul Ward

Principal Lecturer

Paul teaches on the BA (Hons) Animation Production course and contributes to a cross-disciplinary MA course.

His research interests are in the fields of animation and documentary film and television. His published work includes articles for animation: an interdisciplinary journal, Animation Journal, and the Historical Journal for Film, Radio and Television, as well as numerous anthology essays.

Paul is also the author of Documentary: The Margins of Reality (Wallflower Press, 2005) and TV Genres: Animation (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming; co-authored with Nichola Dobson).

He serves on the Editorial Boards of animation: an interdisciplinary journal, Animation: Practice, Production & Process and Animation Studies and is a member of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College. He has a special interest in animation and documentary research proposals.

Paul is the current President of the Society for Animation Studies.

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Richard Haynes

Senior Lecturer

Richard has been a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Animation Production course since October 2012, and enjoys the challenge of working with all three year groups.

Working mostly with First Year students on the key principles of Animation, Richard is also involved with the development of production skills with Second Year students, as well as Professional Development and the production of final graduation films with Third Years students.

Alongside this, he enjoys being involved with other events, competitions and group projects.

Graduating on the very same course in 2003, when he made a 2D animated film called The Typewriter, Richard then went on to find employment as a Stop Motion Animator with Cosgrove Hall, whose history is the subject of his research.

He continued working as an Animator there for the next five years, until he switched to Chapman Entertainment for a short spell in 2008, before joining Aardman Animations in 2009.

It was here that Richard worked on Shaun the Sheep and feature film The Pirates – In an Adventure with Scientists, as well as a short film featuring the same characters. Richard’s experience lies mostly in the area of pre-school TV animation, where his credits include (at Cosgrove Hall) Little RobotsPostman Pat and Rupert Bear, and also (at both Cosgrove Hall and Chapman) Roary the Racing Car and Fifi and the Flowertots.

His passion centres around acting and performance, and with him has brought fresh interest to the BA (Hons) Animation Production course within the area of Stop Motion.

In addition to working as a lecturer, Richard is also currently planning to build his own Stop Motion studio. He also enjoys drawing, particularly in the area of character design, storyboards and comics, and has a passion for music in animation – hence now re-learning to play the piano!

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Paul Hilton

Senior Lecturer

Paul lectures in several areas including 2D animation principles, life drawing and in teaching 3D computer animation techniques.

He also works extensively with the industry in the Professional Development unit which aims to enhance student employability.

Paul’s pedagogic research has informed his practice in teaching the transference of traditional animation skills to a 3D computer environment. He has also been working with industry partners gaining training on software tools which in turn informs his teaching.

This has included developing links with Escape studios to integrate latest industry-standard software and training tools to the animation department.

Paul works as a practicing animator and artist within the creative industries and has worked on television commercials and promotional artwork for several studios. Paul’s current research practice is centred on his MA in animation where he is producing a short animated film, using a variety of medias and techniques .

The focus of the MA is on themes on the ‘uncanny’ the unsettling feeling of recognition with something that’s not real.

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Richard Smith

Senior Lecturer

Originally trained as a graphic designer, Richard moved into the newly emerging field of computer animation and successfully undertook a degree in Computer Visualisation and Animation at Bournemouth University.

After graduating, he worked as a freelance computer animator, gaining a full time staff position at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in London as a computer animator. Richard worked at the Creature Shop for 10 years, before returning to freelance work when the Henson family closed the London Creature Shop.

As a freelance computer animator he has worked at a number of the leading production facilities in London, including Framestore/CFC, Cinesite, and has also had the opportunity to travel around the world as a freelance animator, where he worked at a production facility in New Zealand.

Whilst working in the industry Richard has also worked as a character/concept artist, compositor, matte painter, modeller, and a rigger on various projects including feature film and commercials work.

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Dr. Thomas Walsh

Senior Lecturer

Thomas Walsh graduated from the European School of Classical Animation at Ballyfermot Senior College, Dublin in 1994.

He has worked professionally as a special effects artist for the Don Bluth Studio in Ireland and for the Walt Disney Studio in France, contributing to feature films such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997) and Tarzan (1999).

He also graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Cultural Studies from the Norwich School of Art and Design in 2002, and with a PhD from Loughborough University School of Art and Design in 2009.

He has published articles on animation practice in The Fundamentals of Animation (2006), and aspects of Irish animation history in Place and Memory in the New Ireland (2009), Contemporary Irish Film (2011) and Animation : An Interdisciplinary Journal (2012).

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Dr. Paul Taberham

Senior Lecturer

Paul gained a BA (Joint Hons) in Music + Live Arts at MMU in 2001.

In 2003, he gained an MA in Documentary Production from the University of Salford. In 2013, he received a PhD in Film studies from Kent University.

He began working as a part-time lecturer in 2004 at Salford University, before doing the same at Kent University in 2007, and finally joining the AUB in 2014 as a full-time senior lecturer.

In addition to working as a lecturer, He has also worked as a freelance filmmaker since 2004, and spent a period of time as a film projectionist in Manchester.

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Alys Scott-Hawkins

Senior Lecturer

Alys is an artist and animation director with more than 12 years of professional experience.

Her short films have won several international awards, and been exhibited widely in the UK and at over 30 international film festivals, as well as in commercial DVD and print publications.

Alys is unit leader for the second year Production Research & Design unit, leading students through the process of writing, developing and designing their own two minute film ideas.

She also supervises MA Animation Production students in their independent short film projects and collaborations.

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Tim Holleyman

Senior Lecturer

Tim graduated from The Arts Institute at Bournemouth in 2004.

He went on to work at EA games as an animator on the Harry Potter franchise. After two years, he decided to study and then teach oil painting and traditional drawing at an Atelier in London, Lavender Hill Studios.

During this time he undertook various commissions in portrait and landscape work. He returned to industry as a Concept Artist and Matte Painter.

He has taught at AUB many times over the years as a visiting lecturer as well as running a short introduction to Maya course at The University of Bedfordshire. He taught oil painting and drawing in London for two years.

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Ian House

Senior Lecturer

Having spent the last decade living in California and New Zealand, helping to create some of the biggest blockbusters of recent time, Ian has worked on such films as ‘Star Wars II’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Harry Potter’.

He graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Computer Visualisation and Animation and has spent over 15 years in the animation and film industry working as a Technical Director for companies such as Industrial Light and Magic, Lucas Film, WETA Digital, MPC and Pixar.

During his seven years with Pixar Animation Studios, he worked on feature animations Cars, Ratatouille, Walle, Up, Toy Story 3 and Cars 2.

Returning to the UK in 201,2 Ian now lives in Bristol. As well as working part time as a senior lecturer teaching computer animation on the AUB animation course, Ian also writes and illustrates children’s books and is a creative consultant for Bristol based VFX company FuzzyLogicFX.

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Anne Terkelsen

Production Manager

Born in Tarp, Denmark, Anne came to the UK to study animation in 2000.

After finishing her BA (Hons) in Animation Production at the then Arts Institute at Bournemouth she decided to stick around.

When she’s not busy being the Production Manager on the BA (Hons) Animation Production course she spends her time drawing, making digital paintings, riding her motorbike and singing opera.

You can visit her drawing and painting blog, ‘Frustration Inkorporated’ here.


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Ceri Miles

Technician Demonstrator

Ceri Miles is a technician demonstrator at AUB and enjoys supporting and working closely with students across all year groups in Animation & VFX.

Ceri graduated from Swansea Metropolitan University (now University of Wales Trinity St David) in 3D Computer Animation in 2012. He then went on to further is studies in VFX at Bournemouth University NCCA and graduated with an MA in Digital Effects in 2013.

Ceri has worked professionally as a graphic designer, Freelance VFX artist and spent two years lecturing part time at Bournemouth University where he lectured digital effects to MA Digital Effects and digital compositing and lighting, shading and rendering to MA 3D Computer Animation. Ceri Also spent time lecturing to BA Computer Animation & Visualisation and BA Computer Animation and Arts on Digital Compositing.

When he’s not busy being a technician demonstrator at AUB he can be found with his nose in a book or working on his upcoming animation projects.

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