How did first semester go?
A lot of things come to mind when asked that. The first thing that comes to mind is stress. The first semester was one of the most stressful times I’ve had to experience. From meeting new people who had a lot more skills in areas I hadn’t started. Getting a work load that was more than double in Foundation. All of this was new to me.
From starting the course I noticed how structured each week was, it was almost like a task sheet. In each of the weeks we leant key skills and different methods of working. One thing that I found useful was that each week fed into the next, helping us develop and improve as we moved forward. But there was areas in which I would have never thought were so important to what we were learning.
One of the being photography. We were given a photography challenge to take six hundred photographs.Although at the time this was another added stress on to the general work. Looking back now you can see the need for it. It helped with learning composition, how lighting can effect an object and how you can change the lighting for the desired look. All these helped with the future tasks we were then given.
From looking back at my own work, I can notice a difference in it. During the of the semester I stuck to editing and graphic work. But when working on the projects with other people you are taken out of your comfort zone and you realise that you have to branch out and attempt to look at other styles of working. This is one of the main things I struggled with. Working with other people was so full on and this was something that I had never experienced before. You realise that everyone has their own way of working and doing things. But thats the real test, you have to try and combine these different people and hopefully create something that no one else had or that no one was expecting.
The Animation course itself is just a bit nuts. When you think on university you think of a big hall with lectures happening. But it’s nothing like it here. The people who I have came across in Animation are some of the nicest people ever. The only way I could describe it would be a massive dysfunctional family. You have the loud and outgoing people that you hear before you see but on the other end of the spectrum you have the introverts who keep themselves to themselves. I can’t deny that I’m probably one of the loud ones.
From working in teams with a range of personality types and characters it has helped me learn to not to have preconceptions of people and simply have a positive mindset when starting any project. Although there was some clash of heads during the semester they were all apart of learning and maturing.
Going back to my original statement of saying it was stressful. It was without a doubt stressful but the semester as a whole has helped me develop my work and the quality, in a way forced me to be more responsible and mature. Although some might say differently…
There is still room for a lot of improvements for my personal development in all areas of the course but if I had not started the course I would have not met the amazing people who helped me get through the work load and the general course. Nor would I have learnt the skills that I didn’t realise I was lacking in. So from summing up my first semester in Creative Elements I can say that it was filled with a lot work and stress but I can say I’m thankful for it and maybe say I enjoyed it, once you look past the initial shock to the system. I look forward to starting the second semester and what it has in store for me.
It was was a crazy semester we’ll say…