A recent graduate of Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Gray’s School of Art has secured a place on a unique course at the National Film and Television School (NFTS), in partnership with Sky TV.
Xanthe Bodington (23), who graduated with a degree in Communication Design in 2016, started the ‘Graphics and Titles for Film and Television’ course this week, where she hopes to gain the expertise to work in the niche area of the industry.
Xanthe, who spent 12 weeks studying in Calgary as part of the Creative Travel Award awarded by Aberdeen City Council, will develop the skills she learned while studying at Gray’s where the focus of her dissertation was on film and TV graphics and titles.
The Greece-born freelance designer has also been working to create an instillation for the upcoming SPECTRA festival, which runs February 9-12.
“After graduating I worked on a few freelance projects such as rebranding, logo designs and graphics for Aberdeen walking app. I then travelled to Calgary in Canada in September as part of the Creative Travel Award awarded to me by the City Council,” she said.
“While I was in Calgary I was lucky enough to have a friend pass on details about a unique course at the NFTS in Beaconsfield for Graphics and Titles for Television and Film in partnership with Sky TV.
“Literally a day after I got back from Canada I went down from Aberdeen for an interview and was offered a place on the course. I am very excited to start it as this area of design is what I am really interested in, thanks to doing a project on my course at RGU based on title designs.
“My dissertation topic was on film and TV graphics and titles as well so I see this course at NFTS as a way to pursue my passion with an opportunity to work with Sky TV.”
Xanthe believes the artistic community in Aberdeen has a lot to offer the upcoming talent in the city.
“I found the best work I produced was in my final year and I think it was down to reaching out to others to help with my ideas or working collaboratively.
“The artist community in Aberdeen is a lot bigger than I thought. I found that by putting yourself out there and showing you are willing can reward you with fantastic opportunities.”
Cameron Craddock, Course Director for Communication Design at Gray’s, added: “We are delighted to see the progress that Xanthe has made within the early stages of her design career.
“Students develop a wide range of skills and graduate attributes whilst studying on this course and Xanthe is applying many of them across a range of activities. We wish her well in her future endeavours.”
by Rob Smith
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