1. I am not interested in computer science or film making. Should I apply?

Certainly. 3Dami is not a single-subject event, rather it is a fusion-event, that combines many different areas and subjects. Don’t read too much into us (usually) running in computer science departments – making a 3D animated film in seven days requires lots of high end computers, and there are few places that can provide them. Past students have certainly gone on to study computer science and the many areas of film making, in particular animation, but others have gone on to study subjects such as fine art, as well as subjects that are unrelated. Regardless of your future, 3Dami is a team event, and the skills of working in a team are applicable whatever you choose to do with your life.

2. What qualifications/subjects do I need for the course?

We’re not that interested in your academic qualifications (though we’d like you to study hard and stay in school!), we are far more interested in what you can prove through a strong portfolio.

3. What are you looking for in the portfolio?

Primarily, proof that you have tried Blender out (it’s free to use) and are comfortable with the basics. Beyond that we always aim to have a wide range of skill in any given team, and use the portfolio to judge what you can do. For more info check out the portfolio page and successful portfolios from previous years

4. How do you submit a portfolio?

Portfolios are submitted by email (apply@3dami.org). We accept links to websites (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, Google+, deviantART, p3d, sketchfab etc.), as well as attached images and videos in standard formats. If we have any problems with what you send us we will chase – we are very flexible, and will accept anything reasonable.

5. Do you need to have done animation before?

No, though we expect you to have at least tried basic key framing in Blender. In any given team we will select at least one person who has demonstrated good animation skills, so its worth getting some practise in.

6. I have a lot of content for my portfolio – what should I include?

We enforce no limit on portfolio size, however, if its really large we will probably lose concentration before we reach the end (this is also true when sending your portfolio to a potential employer). Our advice here is to just include your best work, with a bias towards demonstrating a variety of skills.

7. What kind of content should be in my portfolio?

It doesn’t matter – we are looking at your skills, not what you like to create. Of course, if you can demonstrate creativity and/or variety that will only help.  See the portfolio examples page for ideas.

8. Can I get feedback on my portfolio?

Absolutely, we encourage this! Please send through what you have done and we can give you feedback to help you with your final submission.

9. I have never done this before – should I apply?

Yes! We aim to have a range of skill levels, from novice to master. Your portfolio does not need to be large, and could be produced in a day or two if you’re a fast learner.

10. When does the course run?

It lasts for 7 days, specifically Wednesday-Friday followed by Monday-Thursday in the following week. Each day is from 9am until 5pm, except for the last Thursday, when we première the films to an audience in the evening. Note that students are typically allowed to stay late, though usually not later than 7pm.

11. I’m younger than 15, can I still apply?

Yes – we typically accept a few 14 year olds to each event. Please apply as normal (by filling in the application form and emailing us some work) but also ask your parent/guardian to email us. Given that there are 18 year olds at the event and that it can be stressful we do need to check that the parent/guardian is aware of these issues and happy for you to attend.

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