Animation

MA - UCA Farnham - 2018, 2019

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 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 incomparable alumni. Our 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.

Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Start month:

September

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Entry year(s):

2018, 2019

Entry requirements:

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

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Course details

  • Term 1

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

    Research and Critical Approaches: Animation

    This unit explores the different modes of research related to the creative process. It is a critical and practical study in which students will develop their 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 Film Making and MA Documentary Practices.

    Skills and Development: Animation Practice

    This unit allows you to further your knowledge and technical ability within your own 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.

  • Term 2

    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 Skills and Development and Research and Critical Approaches: Animation 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 3

    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

    Uncover all the costs involved, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to.

  • Fee discounts & 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, Cannon DSLRs and professional camera stands, the stages are pre-rigged with grips, stands and lights. Studios with individual workstations, light boxes, wacom tablets, line testers and batch scanners. Macs have the full Adobe Creative Suite as well as Toon Boom. As well as campus sound studios and editing suites.

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Course connections

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

  • Industry links

    Our course actively encourages you to gain industry experience through a wide variety of approaches. These include work experience, internships, studio visits, commissions and competitions and entry into major film festivals.

    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 Animations
    • STUDIO AKA
    • Passion Pictures
    • Mackinnon & Saunders
    • Nexus
    • Framestore
    • Cinesite
    • The Mill
    • ustwo
    • Stylorouge
    • Blink Productions
    • ITV.

    In the last three years, speakers on the course have included animators, directors and other creative practitioners such as:

    • Barry Purves - Oscar-nominated animator and director
    • Caroline Leaf - Oscar-nominated animator and director
    • Phillip Hunt - Oscar-nominated producer, and director at STUDIO AKA
    • Smith & Foulkes - Oscar-nominated animators and directors
    • Darren Walsh - multi-award winning commercials director of 'Meerkats'
    • Pete Saunders - director of Mackinnon & Saunders, makers of puppets for Tim Burton
    • Cyriak Harris - maverick and internet sensation
    • Joanna Quinn - film director and prize-winning animator.
    • Michael Dudok de Wit - Oscar-winning animator and director
    • Grant Orchard - BAFTA and Oscar-nominated animator and director
    • Max Hattler - renowned, award winning artist working with animation.
  • Careers

    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.

    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 - including positions as:

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

    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.

  • Further study

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

     

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Entry requirements

UK 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.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who present a degree with a lower classification, but 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.

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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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