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Samuel Munt graduated with a Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation from TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore. He says it wasn’t always obvious to take a love of comics into a career in animation.
“I draw a lot. I always have drawn,” says Samuel. “When I was about 15 I designed a comic book, and then from that, found that in my spare time all the time I was constantly drawing.”
“As I got older, I was able to see that I could turn those drawings into moving pictures and then at that point in time I didn't feel there was a great deal of courses available.”
Then TAFE NSW came on Samuel’s radar. Instead of jobs he didn’t like much, he started a study pathway that has taken him to Vivid Sydney, to graduating with a degree, as well as a trainee shift at Animal Logic.
Samuel’s study pathway related to the fields of design, film and television, and led to his degree.
“Once I had an understanding, I felt that the only piece of the puzzle I needed to fill in was the animation side of it. And I was heavily directed towards TAFE NSW, DCE [Design Centre Enmore].”
"They've had an outstanding amount of students that have gone on into industry, at industry levels,” Samuel said, describing how TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore’s reputation influenced his decision to study.
“They're incredibly professional and they run the school in the same way it is in the industry, so there's not a big contrast when you go across.
“It's a class of like-minded students. So, they're people that have chosen to continue on learning those studies. So, they're people that really want to be there,” says Samuel.
But it wasn’t just the vibe of his classmates that helped fuel Samuel’s drive towards success.
“We also have teachers that are all from the industry so they're able to give opinions, standards, procedures that are used in the industry, so it's not very far removed. It's run very similar.”
The supportive environment of TAFE NSW has also contributed greatly to his success.
“The decision to go with TAFE NSW over another university or campus was purely because of the support structure that TAFE offers. So, there were times throughout the first year when I was working as well, and they were able to include that work and still allow me to progress with the course I was doing.”
Samuel explains how Vivid Sydney 2018 had been a study and career highlight for him.
“We were speaking to people who had been in the industry dealing with light projection on buildings. It was very eye-opening. It’s something that not many institutes get to show their students, a
nd not only did we learn about it, we got to participate. That participation led to a Gold Standard Award for our entire year for that light projection on Government House.“
“There was a team from an Indigenous school (TAFE NSW Eora), which was fantastic, and there was also a team doing sound that was from one of the music institutes (TAFE NSW Ultimo). We were able to collaborate and really come together, and the award shows what we achieved.”
Samuel described how big of an impact his involvement with the project has been.
“It's an opportunity that would not have been available anywhere else. Since then it's gone into my resume and it seems to be a big standing point for employers – they love seeing it.
“I think what TAFE has done for me is given me the confidence to know I can approach any company here in Australia for 3D art and animation, and it’s also given me enough confidence to be looking now overseas.”