This course gives practitioners a year to create an animated film, technical showreel or other animation related outcomes from start to finish. You will engage in a critical dialogue that integrates practice, theory and the professional aspects of animation.
The course provides space for animators to produce work of cultural value and explore their practice across creative, commercial and industry-based contexts. The curriculum is designed to allow both individual and collaborative practice to take place. However, we positively encourage collaboration as it is a key part of the animation production process, enabling you to undertake ambitious projects.
The course will provide you with the space to develop your understanding and knowledge in relation to animation practices, to question what the medium of animation has the potential to be, and how it communicates to an audience. You will also have the opportunity to explore emerging technologies and new approaches to storytelling such as the use of VR and real-time technologies.
You will be supported by a team with diverse research and practical interests within the field of animation and you will engage with visiting industry professionals. The course will present you with the opportunities to work with other creatives on the course and across other MA courses within the institution. The objective is to enable students to produce engaging work across all forms of animation, from animated shorts, documentary and experimental practices.
Our postgraduate courses are transdisciplinary and underpinned by independent learning. You will be supported with a variety of teaching and learning methods, including individual supervision, group tutorials, live briefs and project proposals, as well as being encouraged to collaborate with students from other postgraduate courses.
Our academic staff are engaged in contemporary practice in their specialism and will support, encourage and challenge you during your studies. You will be taught in a vibrant and bespoke postgraduate suite. All postgraduate students are taught together in research methods and business-related modules.
Postgraduate courses can be studied either full-time over 36 weeks or part-time over 72 weeks. Teaching is broken down into three teaching blocks per year, each comprising 12 weeks.
Students are able to access a range of specialist facilities aligned to their research interest.
Students are able to access a range of specialist facilities by arrangement. These include: a stop-motion facility, PCs equipped with graphics tablets and software for 2D and 3D animation, 3D scanning, 3D printing and professional standard digital print facilities.