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Alex Collier


Animation graduate Alex Collier went from still pictures to moving pictures after the University of Sunderland helped him to change direction. Alex already had a career in the cartoon industry drawing for the infamous Viz magazine, but after several years at the sharp end of illustration he yearned for a change.  

I was the mature student of our year as I had decided to return to my studies to take a new direction. I am now involved in animated cartoons which ironically means drawing more pictures than ever before, but I get them to move at the end of it! 
 
Even as a kid at school, I was always drawing and even launched my own comic which admittedly needed a bit of editing by the teachers! It was a natural progression to follow that direction after school.
 
I did a stint of work experience with Viz comic and they asked me back. Before I knew it, I was in a job I loved. Like anything though, after a few years of doing the same thing, you start to look for new avenues.
 
I realised that if I wanted to move into animation I had to gain the necessary skills, which is what I did. After researching a number of universities, Sunderland stood out by a mile because of their excellent facilities and also the attitude and experience of the staff.
 
My degree gave me the experience and a platform to create and showcase my work. You have to be very proactive in this line of work but I received a great deal of support from the University, even after I left.
 
I had to set up a business to operate as a freelance and Creativitiworks within the University worked with me to make that happen.”

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