This course explores creature design through animal anatomy, worldbuilding, and believability across a range of professional contexts, production methods, and industries.

You will investigate approaches to developing creature designs inspired by existing animals. There is a focus on experimentation to create imaginative creature designs as well as ensuring believability through considering skeletal, muscular and surface anatomies. You will develop creatures and their life cycles, behaviours, relationships with other characters/creatures and interaction with the environment. There may be opportunities for cross-disciplinary influences from science to help inform creature design.

Candidates are encouraged to position their work within a professional context to help inform the visual output and production method. There are opportunities for creature designers within entertainment design and beyond, such as paleo reconstruction (visualising prehistoric life) or speculative biology (visualising possible future evolution or life on other planets).

Developing a body of self-negotiated work, you will be supported by a team with diverse research and practical interests within creature design and work closely with visiting industry professionals. You will source briefs, work with clients and apply your contextual and industry informed knowledge and understanding to question what makes a creature design believable. The aim is to create believable creatures that engage with their environment and have a past, present and future.

*Course starts in 2020 subject to approval

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Specialist Resources

MA Creature Design students are able to access professional standard digital print facilities (including film scanning) and fully rigged lighting studios by arrangement on one evening per week and on Saturdays during the standard academic year.

Based in our postgraduate hub, students will have access to a range of resources to support their learning. These include open access to our library and general computer suites which are equipped with up to date industry standard software related to creative practices. Our digital printing facility also allows large scale, professional quality output up to A0. Further specialist facilities that are available according to course disciplines are outlined on the following pages where applicable.

We embrace a post studio culture in our postgraduate teaching. This encourages our graduates to sustain a practice. We therefore expect postgraduate students to have access to their own studios or workspaces.

Entry Requirements

At enrolment you should normally have achieved:

  • An undergraduate UK honours degree or international equivalent in a subject related to your proposed course of study or;
  • A degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma /professional qualification

You will also need:

  • one reference to support your application from an academic or a creative practitioner
  • a proposal outlining your intentions for postgraduate study

Applicants who hold a Degree from another discipline or have experiential learning in lieu of a degree that can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills may also be considered for entry, subject to an interview and the submission of a satisfactory portfolio related work in support of their application.

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Applying

The course is about developing a mastery of the skills and practices that you already possess. You are helped to extend and deepen your own skills, experience and ideas, so a research proposal is a key part of the application process. Your proposal must outline the project you will embark on and must indicate how it will be sustained throughout the course with a firm outcome at the end. Interviews will play a crucial role in selection.

Application deadline for 2020 entry: Tuesday 25 August 2020

Please complete our application form, which you can find at: www.leeds-art.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/postgraduate

If you have questions about applying please contact our Admissions Team at admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk or 0113 202 8000.

Fees, Funding and Other Costs

Our current fees are available on our website: www.leeds-art.ac.uk/fees

Discounts are available to graduates of BA (Hons) or the Access to HE courses at Leeds Arts University directly progressing to a postgraduate course at the University.

Postgraduate loans up to a maximum value of £10,609 are available. These loans are available for all taught and research Masters courses in all subjects for both full-time and part-time students who meet the funding criteria. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living costs and other study expenses as you see fit.

For further information visit www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study


Other Costs

Other costs that need to be considered are those associated with the student’s project. A MA Creature Design student must consider the costs of materials, space, processing services and equipment that are required to fulfil their proposed objectives.

The course leader asked previous students about their spending on their resources and they suggested a sum of £250-300. However, some students may spend less or more depending on their actual project. Financial planning is an important aspect of being a creative practitioner.

Leeds Arts University Postgraduate Scholarships

Home/EU Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Scholarship

A scholarship of £2,000 will be awarded to one home/EU student for one year. The scholarship will be awarded by a panel of staff and comprises of a reduction in tuition fees for the year.

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Studio Space Scholarship

The University recognises the challenges that graduates face in finding appropriate studio space in the first few years of their career.  The studio space scholarship will provide suitable working studio space for one home/EU student for the period of their studies.

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International Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Scholarship

Five £3,000 scholarships are available as a tuition fee reduction.

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Terms & Conditions

Our Terms & Conditions are here.

Open Days

We understand deciding to continue your studies to postgraduate level is a significant step in your academic and career development. We aim to give you all the information you need to make the right choice.

How to book

If you are interested in attending an open day for our MA Creature Design, you can find out more and book your place on our Postgraduate Open Days page.

Duration
1 Year Full Time, Two Years Part Time
Institution Name
Leeds Arts University
Awarded by
Leeds Arts University

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