Animation MA

UCA Farnham - 2020

Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Start date:

September

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Entry year(s)

2020

Entry requirements:

Honours degree, normally 2.1 or above, and/or relevant work experience

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Course overview

Our MA Animation course builds on a long and illustrious history of animation education at UCA Farnham, and will provide you with a strong interdisciplinary approach to the animated form.

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. 

You will come to this course as an established animator but will be encouraged to take risks, explore new techniques and develop your interests, and exchange, debate and discuss your ideas. You will be expected to produce original and exciting films, and explore the wide range of creative possibilities of frame-by -frame filmmaking.

Your studies will be supported by internationally-renowned staff on a course that is proud to have no house style, and offers a wide range of technical resources covering the whole spectrum of contemporary animation practice.

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Course details

  • Term one

    Research and Critical Approaches: Animation
    You will explore the different modes of research related to the creative process, developing your skills in translating imagined film concepts into treatments, project proposals, screenplays and other forms of communicating film ideas. The first part of this unit is delivered jointly with MA Filmmaking and other film courses.

    Skills and Development: Animation Practice
    Through a series of practical workshops and lectures, you'll cover pre-production and research, sound design, storyboarding and animatics, animation techniques and editing in order to further your own knowledge and technical ability within your own practice.

  • Term two

    During term 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
    The work undertaken in this unit should build on the research questions you initiated and explored in the previous units. This is the period within which you will undertake the majority of your production work for your film. Throughout the unit you will be encouraged to critically reflect on the development of your project.

  • Term three

    In the third term 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
    This allows you to reflect on the work that you've produced so far, and resolve it into a form that allows for completion and delivery of your animated film.

     

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2020 entry are:

    • UK and EU students full-time - £8,000
    • UK and EU students part-time - £4,000
    • International students full-time - £16,250 (standard fee)
    • International students full-time - £15,600 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2020 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

  • Fee discounts and scholarships

    To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

Facilities

Animation facilities include stop motion studio with Dragonframe capture software, Canon DSLRs and professional camera stands, and stages pre-rigged with grips, stands and lights. Studios feature individual workstations, light boxes, Wacom tablets, line testers and batch scanners. Macs have the full Adobe Creative Suite as well as Toon Boom and Maya CG software, while there’s also sound and editing suites on campus.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    As a long-established degree course, we’ve built an extensive network of industry connections, giving us access to high-profile visiting lecturers, and to commissions, competitions and exciting work-placement opportunities. Our industry links include:

    • Aardman Animation
    • Studio AKA
    • Cinesite
    • The Mill
    • Create and Make
    • Agile Films
    • Blackdog Films Limited
    • HSI Film
    • Blink Productions
    • The Film Club
    • National Film and TV School
    • Passion Pictures (one of the leading studios in Europe)
    • Nexus
    • Moth Collective
    • UsTwo
    • Beakus
    • Fudge Animation
  • Careers

    An enormous range of career opportunities exist in animation, and typical careers in the industry include:

    • Directors
    • Producers
    • Animators (in commercials, films, broadcast, online media and games)
    • Editors
    • Character designers
    • Production designers
    • Pre-vis artists
    • Compositors
    • Storyboard artists
    • Post-production.

    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. These include:

    • Animators
    • CG animators
    • CG riggers
    • Designers
    • Directors
    • Model makers
    • Producers
    • Storyboard artists.

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

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

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

  • Further study

    You may want to undertake further study or research to specialise even more.

     

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Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa

If you have another category of visa please contact us: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or admissions@uca.ac.uk

When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline

and/or

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

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

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. Find out more information about the Graduate Diploma.

International entry requirements

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

International Foundation courses in the UK

The UCA International College

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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.

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