MA

MA Animation

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 1 year (45 weeks)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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The aims of the MA Animation course, are to build on your existing skills and to provide you with the opportunity through research and focused study, to develop specialist skills and knowledge to enhance your understanding of the subject area and support your employment goals.

In the early part of the course, there is an exploration of animation production, concepts and context. Through a process of evaluation and reflection of your strengths, you will identify a specific area for further study and development. The main emphasis of the course is on a focused exploration and refinement of your skills. There is flexibility in the content of seminars and lectures, with the opportunity to develop content specific to your research area and in the selection of visiting artists and professional.

Within animation production, there are many career paths. Your primary areas of study as an MA Animation student, include; storyboard artists, character designers, environment and prop designers, pre-visualisation artists, 2D animator, 3D animator, stop motion animator or experimental animator. The final project is as a synthesis of your learning and development.

Throughout the course, you will also research and develop a Professional Online Journal, which explores and explains current thought and practice in your specialist subject area.

You’ll benefit from learning alongside other Visual Communication master’s students.

Our Animation Staff team, have expertise across a wide range of specialist animation practices and will support you with flexible and responsive teaching.

Key features

  • Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations.
  • Benefit from lectures from industry professionals from leading animation studios
  • Have the opportunity to visit both a UK and European animation festival in Manchester, London and Annecy, France.
  • Take advantage of our extensive links with industry.
  • Have the opportunity to exhibit your work at New Designers in London.
  • Opt for a 20 credit point research module if you’re thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.
  • Work with fellow students, practitioners and academic staff from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Opt for an additional advanced research module if you’re thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.
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What you'll study

  • Modules

    You can opt to complete this module as either 180 credit points, or as 160 credit points with an additional module in Advanced Art and Design Research worth 20 credit points.

    Animation

    (180 or 160 credit points)

    The main delivery of content is in the first two terms. Beginning in the first term with an overview of animation production and required skills. The development of skills and knowledge continues through the second term, with the completion of a personal project in the third term with an emphasis on self-directed study.

    In the first term, the focus is on self-evaluation of animation production skills and on identifying areas for exploration and development. There will be a series of optional workshops intended as an introduction to production processes. The themes will include:

    • 2D digital animation
    • 3D animation
    • 3D modelling
    • Stop-motion animation
    • Character Design
    • Storyboarding

    The workshops are intended as an introduction to skill sets, you can choose which workshops to attend, you will not be expected to have prior knowledge or experience of the subject being taught. It is an opportunity for students to explore a new subject, in a condensed time frame, there will be a combination of instruction and self-directed study.

    You will be required at this time to develop your personal research project proposal, outlining the focus of your body of work and intended outcome. Having developed the project proposal, in consultation with your course team, you will produce a schedule / production timeline. In tutorials and through writings in your blog, you will be required to discuss and describe the concepts underlying your project.

    Through the first and second terms the focus is on skills development and research. There will be lectures and seminars required for all students, discussing themes of acting and performance for animation, design and conceptual development in animation, aesthetics, current trends and techniques in independent animation production and production planning.

    There will also be contextual lectures and seminars required for all students, discussing research and the development of research methodologies, media theory and exploring the innovations and technological advances in animation production.

    Through the second and third terms, support for the development of your work in progress will be offered weekly, through group tutorials, where you will receive peer feedback and individual tutorials for feedback from your tutor. Additional workshops / technical instruction can be provided throughout the year, in support of your project and skills development

    The third term focuses on completion of your personal project and research into potential career opportunities.

    You will receive career guidance from tutors through support in selecting and editing your work into a reel, and in the preparation of materials including a CV, cover letter and online portfolio. There will be opportunities to present your work to visiting industry professionals, who may also provide career guidance.

    At the end of the module you will receive summative assessment, where all the work from the year is submitted for assessment. It is only the grade from the summative assessment that counts as your final grade for the course.

    Advanced Art and Design Research (20 credit points)

    This module will support your reflection on your research and practice through discursive lectures and coursework assignments. In these, you will contribute accounts of your postgraduate research enquiry, its antecedents in your practice and academic study, as well as your understanding of the role your practice can play in it.

    After an initial diagnosis phase, where you’ll outline your perspectives on research, you’ll be introduced to an overview of the philosophical assumptions that underlie research across disciplines. You’ll also identify where these feature in your experience of education and practice.

    You’ll be introduced to the literature on practice based research that has grown out of PhD activity in Art, Design and Performance, in which you will discover the direction you want your work to take. The module then identifies a range of practice based approaches that are found across disciplines from education to archaeology, and laboratory science.

    The second phase of the module brings these insights to be applied to your practice, so that it can be an element in a research design that will contribute to knowledge. This process includes a reflective audit of the research dimensions of your practice, to identify elements of it that could be part of a research design. The outcome of this audit will help you to build a prospective view of the design of potential research processes that include your practice, as well as appropriate modes of analysis and reporting.

    At the end of the module you will write up your responses to the discursive lectures, supplementing them with appropriate visual material (no more than 3,000 words).

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Explore ares such as storyboard and pre-visualisation artistry, character design, 2D and 3D animation, stop-motion animation and experimental animation.

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • inductions
  • workshops
  • study visits
  • e-learning
  • self-directed research; and
  • independent studio practice.

Assessment

Assessment is 100% by coursework and involves:

  • a verbal presentation that articulates and summarizes your project
  • a completed Project Proposal
  • outcomes from experimentation and self-directed study
  • a research and practice informed reflective journal
  • a professionally produced portfolio
  • professional development materials  (e.g. an edited reel, CV, cover letter)
  • an employability report
  • the outcome from your personal project.

Study in our Art & Design postgraduate community in a dedicated studio, using industry-standard animation software and WACOM Cintiq drawing screens.

Careers and employability

The course promotes industry research and networking to establish relationships with relevant animation companies. Students will leave with a body of work that reflects their skills and currency to potential employers.

This course leads to a wide range of potential careers including; storyboard artist, character designer, environment and prop designer, pre-visualisation artist, CG modeller, 2D animator, 3D animator, stop motion animator or experimental animator.

You also have the opportunity to enter into a diverse industry including feature and televisual production, advertising, games production and independent production, through to more peripheral digital media industries such as architectural previsualization.

Some graduates also use this course to support careers in teaching, lecturing, journalism and progression to MPhil or PhD study.

Professional practice

You will be encouraged and supported to undertake internships and attend events held by the School’s Employability team and other organisations.  You will also be encouraged to undertake research into animation production companies and associated industries.

You will benefit from talks given by visiting professionals, which will cover a wide range of creative and professional practice. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals at trips to both national and international animation festivals.

In the second and third term there will be advice and support for you to prepare career materials including editing the strongest visual work into a reel, compiling a C.V. and cover letter, interview practice and producing an online portfolio resource, such as website.

You will keep a professional journal, which you will develop throughout the course to become an in-depth examination of current professional theory and practice.

We will invite you to submit your work to be considered for exhibition at London’s New Designers, a prestigious graduate design show, and other subject and student-run initiatives at the University and across the city.

YouFirst – working with our Employability Team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.

Get inspired

Take a look at a recent zine produced by our graduating Masters students to get a flavour of the innovation and creativity that goes on within the School of Art & Design.

Pursue your career in fields such as 2D and 3D animation, filmmaking, visual effects, CG modelling, pre-visualisation or storyboard artist.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree in a related subject.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Other requirements:

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree in a related subject.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Other requirements:

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally. Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university don't usually have to meet this requirement.

Pre-masters courses

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can do a pre-masters course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying.

Application deadline

You can apply for this course throughout the year, but we'd recommend that applications should be received by the end of July for entry in September.

Examples of work

In order for us to consider your application, we need you to submit examples of your practical work. Please upload these as part of your online application.

For full details on what we require, please read our Masters Work Submission information.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieve, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying.

Application deadline

You can apply for this course throughout the year, but we'd recommend that applications should be received by the end of July for entry in September.

Make sure you take into account the time required to apply for a visa (if applicable) before applying.

Examples of work

In order for us to consider your application, we need you to submit examples of your practical work. Please upload these as part of your online application.

For full details on what we require, please read our Masters Work Submission information.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieve, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

CourseHome / EU
full-time
Home / EU
part-time
MA Animation£7,800n/a
MA Graphic Design£7,800n/a
MA Branding and Identity£7,800n/a
MA Illustration£7,800n/a
MA Graphic Design Theory and Practice (Part-time)n/a£3,900*

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry.

* Fee amounts are per year and will increase each year in line with inflation, capped at no more than 5%.

Alumni Loyalty Scheme - 25% fee discount

We're happy to be able to offer a 25% fee discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU graduates.
See if you're eligible.

Postgraduate loans

The government introduced a new postgraduate loans scheme for the 2016/17 academic year for Masters degrees. The loan will be a contribution towards the costs of study and it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs.

Scholarships

We are offering a number of scholarships for Masters study.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on
+44 (0)115 848 2494.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

CourseInternational 
full-time
International 
part-time
MA Animation£13,250n/a
MA Graphic Design£13,250n/a
MA Branding and Identity£13,250n/a
MA Illustration£13,250n/a
MA Graphic Design Theory and Practice (Part-time)n/a£6,625*

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry.

* Fee amounts are per year and will increase each year in line with inflation, capped at no more than 5%.

Alumni Loyalty Scheme - 25% fee discount

We're happy to be able to offer a 25% fee discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU graduates.
See if you're eligible.

International scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to international students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our International students page for information about fees, scholarships for international students, visas and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418