Current BA (Hons) Animation student Sarah Huff tells us about the exciting projects she is currently working on, her favourite facilities and what her plans are for the future...

How does Leeds Arts University help you develop your practice?

I think it’s a combination of things! Our tutors play a massive role in guiding us through different projects, each demanding new skills and approaches, be it coursework, a competition or a collaboration with another course. If anything, just being part of such a creative community makes finding inspiration and making progress that much easier! 

Image: Courtesy of Sarah Huff

What connections does your course have with industry?

Industry preparation is definitely a big part of the course, we have frequently been exposed to animation professionals in the form of visiting speakers and panels at events like Manchester Animation Festival. We’re encouraged, and sometimes required, to take part in competitions and live briefs which is a big part of building an industry-ready portfolio. I was fortunate to be part of the winning team in the International Animation Challenge this year.

Tell us which resources and facilities you use the most.

I’m really keen on stop-motion so it’s handy having lots of materials available and workshops for things like silicone casting and puppet making, as well as the stop-motion studios. We have access to computer suites with industry standard software for animating and editing. I love spending time in the library for research and written work too! 

Image: Courtesy of Sarah Huff

What do you plan to do after University? 

I feel like the course has equipped me with a broad range of skills, so I’d be keen to work for a small studio where I can have lots of input in each project and a do more than one role. As long as I’m making animation in some way, shape or form I’m not too fussy. I’m also really into music and song writing, so I see myself recording an album and animating all the music videos!

What do you like about living in Leeds? 

I absolutely love Leeds. There’s always so much going on, and nowhere is too far to walk to. It’s full of great places to eat and lovely little independent shops and of course the night life has lived up to its reputation. Again, it’s such a creative and diverse environment, that despite being a busy city, it really is a breath of fresh air.