The course is delivered across four terms, starting in September and finishing in December the year after. Incorporating a summer break, this is a one year full-time course (45 taught weeks), delivered over 15 months.
You will respond to briefs that are set to test the learning in the units described below. Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MA course structure involves five units, totalling 180 credits.
Autumn, Term One
Animation Practice and Process (40 Credits)
Design for Animation, Narrative Structures and Film Language (20 Credits)
In Term 1 you will explore a range of both technical and conceptual approaches to animation and work with a range of technologies and processes by producing short-form animation to set briefs.
You'll also engage in a programme of theoretical seminars that explore the cinematic underpinning of this practice.
This phase is the technical and conceptual basis for the subsequent units of the course.
Spring, Term 2
Experimental Critical Practice and Research (40 Credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 Credits)
You'll engage in experimental 2D/3D animation process and practice, developing your distinct visual voice.
This is underpinned by critical study that significantly expands your understanding of the themes animation can address in a critical context, and by a technical programme that ensures you are able to experiment widely with various animation techniques. Term Two specifically contains the cross College collaborative unit.
Summer and Autumn, Terms 3 and 4
Final Major Project and Thesis (60 credits)
Experimental Critical Practice and Research (40 credits)
Final Major Project and Thesis (continued)
You will take the knowledge, skills and experience gained on the course and bring these together in the production of a self-directed longer form project and associated thesis.
If you are unable to continue or decide to exit the course, there are two possible exit awards. A Postgraduate Certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the first 60 credits and a Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded on successful completion of the first 120 credits.