Masters | Postgraduate Course - Animation MA Course Details within University for the Creative Arts

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Animation MA

Study Details

1yr Full Time, 2yrs Part Time

Our MA Animation course builds on our long history of providing highly regarded animation education at UCA Farnham, and will provide you with a strong interdisciplinary approach to the animated form. We offer a dynamic environment in which you'll be able to engage with the animated form in traditional 2D and 3D stop motion, as well as the theoretical aspects of the discipline.

This course attracts students from around the world and has a rich cultural mix. You'll approach animation as a broad discipline and be encouraged to engage with experimental and speculative approaches to making through a range of projects, which will culminate in the production of a high quality animated film.

MA Animation at our Farnham campus has a long history of nurturing creative, innovative and challenging animators and has an incomparable alumni. This course will support you in developing practical skills while fostering a high standard of diverse critical approaches.

On this course you'll be encouraged to take risks, explore and develop your interests, and exchange, debate and discuss your ideas. You'll be expected to produce original and exciting films during your time with us, and explore the wide range of creative possibilities of frame-by -frame filmmaking. We'll encourage you to be open to these possibilities and to develop new skills, as well as building on your existing ones.

Your studies will be supported by internationally renowned staff on a course that is proud to have no house style. We'll encourage you to explore your own natural inclinations - whether narrative, experimental, documentary or fiction. This will enable you to establish yourself as a rounded professional who can formulate ideas in a sophisticated framework.

Our course uses a wide range of technical resources that cover the whole spectrum of contemporary animation practice, from traditional drawn and stop motion animation to the latest digitally generated imagery.

Module details

Stage 1

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

- Critical Contexts
- Skills and Development: Animation Practice

Stage 2

During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

- Animation Production

Stage 3

In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

- Project Delivery and Professional Context: Animation

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline

and/or

Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

MA Animation is designed for candidates with previous animation experience. Our course encourages you to refine your practice, rather than introduce you to the principles of animation. If animation is new to you, we'd suggest enrolling on the Graduate Diploma in Art & Design before undertaking our ma programme.

Your Portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio, and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included, will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

Student Destinations

Animation is one of the most significant and rapidly expanding media fields. An enormous range of career opportunities exist in animation. These range from the traditional techniques of animation storytelling, drawn to model and CGI animation.

As one of the pre-eminent animation courses in the world, our sought after alumni have landed many exciting, high-profile roles across the industry

Many well-known studios have been set up by our alumni, including:

Astley Baker Davies (makers of Peppa Pig)
Mackinnon & Saunders
Moth Collective
Slurpy Studios
Honeycomb Animation (makers of Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids)
Film Fabrik
Animade
Slinky Pictures
Tandem Pictures.

This gives the course very solid links to a vibrant industry and we enjoy close connections with a range of creative talent, studios and potential employers.