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It had always been my ambition to work in Visual Effects and CG Animation but unaware of how to access opportunities, in 2003 I began a general computing course franchised from Glamorgan University to Coleg Llandrillo Cymru. This HNC (Higher National Certificate) in computing included a graphic design module and elements of 3D animation using Autodesk 3D Studio Max and video editing. In 2004, half way through the two year course and before achieving any qualifications, lecturers had been sufficiently impressed with my work/ethic that they offered me a position within the college as a lecturer.
In the same year, work that I produced whilst studying web design had been selected as Coleg Llandrillo Cymru’s sole representation in the national skills challenge. Despite enrolling on a Microsoft Certified Professional Course, additional modules on the HNC, and all of this on top of my new role as a college lecturer, in 2005 I graduated the HNC in computing with the highest score in Wales.
As a requirement of my new job (lecturing in subjects such as web design, photography and desktop publishing) I began a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in September 2005. Wanting to continue my 3D & CGI sector specific study I also enrolled on a HND (Higher National Diploma) in computing via the North East Wales Institute for Higher Education at the same time. This was with great consequence as despite balancing the lecturing role with two HE courses, in 2007 I was the first (only?) student ever to be awarded with a grade of 100% for a single piece of work. The piece of work in question was a CG animation.
At present I am pursuing a Master’s Degree in Creative Media, with particular focus on 3D animation, at the North Wales School of Art and Design. I am still working as a lecturer with Coleg Llandrillo Cymru (now Grwp Llandrillo Menai) and supplement both of the above as a freelance CG animator and designer.
Work I’ve completed in a professional role is available on my Freelance 3D CGI Design and Animation portfolio.