The Bartlett School of Architecture


Architecture students using animation skills to build film careers

26 August 2015

Unit 24 Kelvin Ip

The Bartlett School of Architecture has been featured in a BBC News article exploring how architects are using digital animation and design skills to break into the world of film.

The Bartlett’s March Architecture Unit 24, taught by Penelope Haralambidou and Simon Kennedy and Michael Tite, uses film, video, animation, drawing and modelling techniques to generate architectural propositions. Rather than producing architectural models and drawings, students are making films. 

"The films encourage imaginative thinking and project management skills", says Bartlett design tutor, Simon Kennedy. "And they also teach students the fundamental principles of design", he emphasises.

Alumni of the school have already capitalised on this skills crossover. A group who graduated in 2011 has formed the animation house, Factory Fifteen. Projects include the film Robots of Brixton and a visualisation of the Al Rayyan football stadium, made for the press launch of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

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Image: screenshot from Unit 24 student Kelvin Ip's degree film ‘Hong Kong Last Resort’