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Petya, originally from Bulgaria, graduated from MA Visual Effects at London College of Communication in 2021.
To me, experimentation is a very important aspect in the process of creating artwork and trying out diverse media and tools has always been an exciting part of the journey.
After finishing my bachelor’s degree, I knew that I wanted to further my education in a subject that allowed for this type of versatility and the combination of artistic approaches and technology in the process of designing and creating visual effects really appealed to me.What experience did you have prior to joining the course?
Can you tell us a little bit about your final major project?
The idea for the project came to me after talking to a friend about retrofuturism. I liked the concept of imaging the future from the viewpoint of the past.
Many older sci-fi works fall into this category and one of my favorites Blade Runner consequently also became a huge inspiration to designing the environments for my work.
Another huge influence was the situation we all experienced during lockdown which certainly helped me in envisioning the feeling of a dystopian reality.
Did the course provide opportunities to engage with industry?
We had several guest speakers at university and many opportunities to attend online masterclasses during the time it was closed, but the most exciting occasion was our trip to ILM studios.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone thinking of studying the course, what would it be?
It would be to try and make the most of all the resources that they are provided with, even the ones unrelated to the course. You never know where you can find a new passion.
What was the most important thing you learnt from studying MA Visual Effects?
The importance of keeping up with developments in technology in the field and that working with people from diverse backgrounds is a great way to discover new approaches to creativity and problem solving.
Why would you recommend studying your course to others?
My experience in university was key to rediscovering my interests and finding the career path that I wanted for myself.
I would recommend taking up the course because of all the resources that it provides both in terms of facilities and career development.
What was your personal highlight of studying your course at London College of Communication?
Getting the opportunity to work as a digital compositor in a team with many professional artists on a short film project called You Eat Other Animals?
Now that you have graduated, what are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to pursue a career as a 3D artist back in my home country.
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To view Petya's final major project, The Third Eye, visit the UAL Graduate Showcase.