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Alex Collier

Rowlands Gill, UK

BA (Hons) Animation and Games Art

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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