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Some of Matt Burn's work

Matt Burn

BA (Hons) Animation and Illustration (now BA (Hons) Animation)

Graduated 2004

Graduate Matt Burn

This course is for you if you want invaluable experience learning the animation craft from highly knowledgeable professionals with as much passion as they have skill.

For 13 years I have been working within the core of the post-production industry at Absolute Post, in the heart of Soho. Starting as a runner, I trained and progressed my career to the point where I’m supervising teams of super-talented artists, producing amazing results together and creating pretty pictures that I’m very proud of.

I recently relocated my family out to the beautiful countryside of North Wales. I have my own office out here, which I use to connect remotely to Absolute’s server and work as though I was still in London. A typical working day involves a lot of learning and serious head-down 3D VFX work time, interspersed with phone calls, emails and lunchtime walks surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Some of my career highlights have been working on a huge viral ‘TED 2023’ film used to promote Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, which was an amazing experience, as was working on a recent high-profile short film directed by Baz Luhrmann. The work I’m most proud of though is the unicorn-filled piece we created for a ‘First Utility’ advert a few years ago, which I was lucky enough to be CG supervisor on.

University gave me a vital grounding in the realities of working HARD for a living. I learnt how to be autonomous but also how to thrive as part of a team, absorbing my peers’ knowledge whenever I could – which is something I still do to this day. Knowledge is key; soak it up wherever you can.

My favourite memory at Solent was raising the trophy for “Best Film” at the annual Harbour Lights screening event, where graduates’ animation films are screened for students and industry professionals alike. That amazing feeling of pride completely validated three sleepless years of pushing my learning to the limit.

My advice for those wanting a career in the industry? Stick at it. It will get harder before it gets easier, but the results will be worth it. I get paid to make unicorns and weird creatures come to life, and that could be you – if you like that sort of thing! Mostly though, just don’t lose sight of how much fun animation is; the creative challenges never end.

Student work
Digital arts student work
To ensure that graduates are fully prepared for life after university, the course includes modules specifically designed to help them better fit into modern creative workplaces.
Animation
Animation
Dedicated studio spaces and exposure to a high-end suite of industry tools, software and techniques - together with tutoring from industry experienced staff - will help you identify and hone your skills.
Virtual reality
Virtual reality
Solents BA (Hons) Virtual and Augmented Reality (Design) degree has been carefully structured to ensure graduating students are well positioned to take advantage of the rapidly growing VR and AR industries
Student work
Digital arts student work
The course team has a continued commitment to industry engagement, sourcing real world briefs and clients to help students graduate with industry relevant experience.
Student work
Digital arts student work
Our in-house creative agency provides students with additional opportunities to pitch for paid work with commercial clients – past Solent Creative clients include Bear Grylls, Southampton Airport and Southampton City Council.