BA (Hons) Animation student Grace Elmer talks to us about her time at the University and what's next...

What made you choose Animation? 

I chose to study Animation at degree level as my love for western and east-Asian style cartoons and retro video games developed at a very young age. I was inspired by the likes of the Pokémon franchise, anime, manga and so forth. I discovered that I wanted to be a part of that and Leeds Arts University seemed the best place to make this happen as there are many opportunities and plenty of support given here.

What do you really enjoy about studying at the University? 

The University itself is incredibly friendly. I previously visited plenty of other universities and art institutes and felt right at home when I came to a Leeds Arts University open day. The course itself is incredibly hard-work but the effort you input is rewarded. I made friends instantly, something I never had at any other institute.

What are the studios and facilities like at the University? 

The facilities here are incredible! It is unbelievably easy to book desired equipment, there are hundreds if not thousands of books, periodicals and video games that the library has to offer and the library shop itself is perfect for specialist art equipment without being pricey!

What are you currently working on - what area do you specialise in? 

I'm currently in my first year of Animation but wish to specialise in character development/design and concept art. My dream would be to work for companies such as Square Enix, Capcom and Nintendo. We're often encouraged to professionally get in touch with these companies for feedback and future contacts.

Where do you draw your inspiration? 

Everything around me inspires me in some form or another, of which are recorded in sketchbooks, computer folders, portfolios - any scrap of paper or material really!

What do you plan to do after graduating?

Post-University, my plans are to travel the world for a year with my partner, hopefully stopping off in Japan and the USA to see if there are any possible job opportunities out there. I will teach English Language alongside.

Tell us what you like about Leeds

Leeds as a city is certainly a huge culture shock if you come from a small town like I did. However, there are plenty of fun things to do, great comic conventions, societies, events etc.