This MA course is divided into five units. Each unit is credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The total credits for this course is 180 credits.
Autumn, Term One
Experimental Critical Practice and Research (20 Credits)
In Term 1 you will explore a range of technical and conceptual approaches to animation by producing short-form animation tests. This unit aims to support the development on your individual voice as an animation practitioner.
You'll engage in experimental 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
Design for Animation, Narrative Structures and Film Language (20 Credits)
In this unit, you will engage in a programme of theoretical seminars that explore the specific cinematic underpinning of animation culture and practice.
This forms the technical and conceptual basis for the subsequent units of the course.
Spring, Term Two
Animation Practice and Process (60 Credits)
In this unit you will develop and produce a short animation project of up to 3 minutes, or a body of experiments that form a coherent project.
You’ll explore a range of technical and conceptual approaches to the workflow of professional animation production. Working from concept, research and development to pre-production, production and post-production, outlining a critical idea or theme that draws reference to contemporary, personal, social, ethical, cultural, political, religious and/ or environmental issues.
Collaborative Unit (20 Credits)
You’ll have the opportunity to engage in a specific collaboration with a related course or an external partner. Alternatively, you might undertake a work placement.
Summer and Autumn, Terms 3 and 4
Professional Skills and Situating Practice (60 credits)
You’ll bring together the knowledge, skills and experience gained on the course to produce a self-directed, collaborative project and associated critical investigation.
If, during the course of your studies, you are unable to continue and you decide to exit the course, you may get one of these two possible exit awards:
- A Postgraduate Certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the first 60 credits.
- A Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded on successful completion of the first 120 credits.