Read the latest news on our graduate success! Discover how studying at NUA has led our students to embark on exciting careers working in the animation industry. 

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Katy graduated in 2005 from NUA and is now a multi-award winning illustrator and animator. She loves to bring concepts to life - creating characters, enchanting worlds and magical creatures for TV, music videos, print or digital/viral work. One of three animations Katy created for the RSA was Dr Brene Brown's TED talk on "The Power Of Empathy", and it received well over 1 million views on YouTube in just a week! With this video, Katy became an official honouree of the Webby Awards, she was shortlisted for the AOI Awards, and she won the Industry Awards at SheSays. The video has now garnered over 25 million views online and is still widely being enjoyed and shared. In 2015 Katy opened a small creative company with her husband and now works with other illustrators and animators on all kinds of exciting projects.

Katy is currently running a Kickstarter for her new project 'Big Up My Boobs,' an animated comedy song about breastfeeding: breaking down barriers and reassuring mums that they're doing an amazing job.

See more of Katy's work here:

Lila hanging out with  Aardman's  Peter Lord at  Encounters Film Festival.

Lila hanging out with Aardman's Peter Lord at Encounters Film Festival.


Lila Babington was selected by Screen South Ignition Random Acts to develop her short film pitch 'Tunnel Vision.' Tunnel Vision has since gone on to screen at festivals across the UK, including Edinburgh Film Festival and the London Short Film Festival. 

Using the technique of Pixilation, which combines live action and stop-frame animation, Tunnel Vision takes the viewer on a surreal Svankmajer-esque journey, using the uncanny valley to heighten the viewer’s senses.

Tunnel Vision received the Royal Television Society East Award for best use of Sound in 2018.

Animation Graduate and Blue Zoo animator and director Joe Kinch

JOE KINCH (Graduate 2012)

Joe's graduation film 'Commuter Glitch' won him an internship with award winning animation studio Blue Zoo, where he now works a Director and Designer.

Joe regularly visits the course to share his enthusiasm and wisdom on all things animated and specifically character design.

Joe has directed a number of Blue Zoo's short films including the hilarious Commuter Glitch (watch the Commuter Glitch below.) 

elliot stronza and Leana Felipe (GRADUATE 2017)

Director Elliot Stronza and Producer Leana Mae Felipe embarked on an ambitious production for their Screen South Random Acts commission.  Elliot created the film based on his personal struggles with social anxieties. (Watch Comfort Zone below.) Comfort Zone received the Royal Television Society East Award for Best Animation in 2018.

Leana (right), has already established herself at a number of London studios and is working towards a career as creative producer.

Leana with  Michael Dudok de Wit   (director of The Red Turtle.)    at Encounters Film Festival

Leana with Michael Dudok de Wit (director of The Red Turtle.)  at Encounters Film Festival