Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MA course structure involves 5 units, totalling 180 credits.
Autumn, term 1
Experimental Critical Practice and Research (20 Credits)
This unit aims to support the development of your individual voice as an animation practitioner. You’ll explore a range of technical and conceptual approaches to animation by producing short-form animation tests, and engage in experimental animation process and practice as you develop your distinct visual voice.
This will be underpinned by critical study that significantly expands your understanding of themes that animation can address in a critical context, alongside a technical programme that will ensure you’re able to experiment widely with various animation techniques.
Design for Animation, Narrative Structures and Film Language (20 Credits)
In this unit, you’ll engage in a programme of theoretical seminars that explore the cinematic underpinning of animation culture and practice. This knowledge will form the technical and conceptual basis for subsequent units of the course.
Spring, term 2
Animation Practice and Process (60 Credits)
In this unit, you’ll develop and produce a short animation project of up to 3 minutes, or a body of experiments that form a coherent project. Throughout, 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, you’ll outline 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.
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.