MFA, Animation & Digital Arts '19
How has the School of Cinematic Arts changed your view of animation? As an animation student, I have an opportunity to be in such an amazing class with people from many different backgrounds and different specialties. We learn together as well as learn from each other. We have classes with the professors who introduce us to the various styles of animations. My personal works are mostly focusing on drawing, character animation and narrative storytelling. However, one of the most interesting challenges for me is that I get to experience many styles of animation that I haven’t done before. Also being pushed to explore many different methods and techniques, which I am not specialized in. I feel that the school is encouraging students to go beyond their comfort zone and be able to learn and go further than what they are focusing on. It has been a challenge and also an enjoyable learning experience.
What advice do you have for prospective students looking at applying to your program? I would say it’s important to know who you are and what you really want to do. Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses in your field of study. It’s always good to set yourselves some goals and focus on them but you also should be open minded and appreciate new and different styles and techniques. You may discover some new inspirations that can help you get even better at what you are doing. More important, don’t be afraid, take risks and make the most out of it.
How has the School of Cinematic Arts prepared you so far for a career in animation? I’m glad that the school offers us so many opportunities to learn and practice everything that we are interested in. We have all the professors that are experts in many different fields who are willing to give us all the helpful suggestions that help us get better at what we like to do. We have the accessibility to the equipment and materials that we need as well as the opportunity to connect with people from different programs.
What have been the biggest challenges for you at USC? The biggest challenge for me at USC is that I have to work hard on managing my schedule and keep balance between study and participate in activities. There’re so many interesting events happening but also many assignments and projects to finish each week. I enjoy meeting people and experiencing new things. I like joining activities and working with other students both in the same and different program when I have a chance. However, I have to be sure that I don’t lose my focus on my own projects. I feel that keeping balance is very important in order to make the most out of my years here.
What in your past has given you inspiration or a unique point of view that you bring to USC? I always wanted to continue studying and exploring more on what I love, as well as meeting new people and visiting new places. Los Angeles has always been on the top of my list. There is so much more to learn and I’d like to broaden my horizon. it is wonderful to be able meet and get to know more people from all around the world with passion to study and work on the thing they love. I feel that USC is the place to be.
What personal projects have you worked on and/or are currently working on? I worked in 2 short animations during my undergraduate. They are both student projects but I really learned a lot from them and they were my very first steps that lead me to what I am doing.