MA

MA Animation

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 1 year (45 weeks)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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Explore animation production, concepts and context on this dynamic and contemporary postgraduate degree. As an MA Animation student, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of topics to study, including:

  • storyboard and pre-visualisation artistry
  • character design
  • environment and prop design
  • 2D and 3D animation
  • stop-motion and experimental animation

The main focus of the course will be on the exploration and refinement of your skills. Develop content specific to your research area, as well as attending contextual lectures in which you’ll investigate global animation history, theory and practice. This course will prepare you for a career in a commercial production studio, in games production or feature animation. Additionally, you may choose to work in visual effects production or as an independent filmmaker.

Key features

  • Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations.
  • Attend lectures held by industry professionals from leading animation studios.
  • Visit animation festivals in the UK and Europe
  • Take advantage of our extensive industry links
  • Exhibit your work at New Designers in London
  • Opt for an additional 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.
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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 credit points or 160 credit points)
    The main delivery of content is in the first two terms, where the focus is on skills development and research. In the third term, you’ll complete a self-negotiated Masters project.

    Phase One and Phase Two
    Focus on the self-evaluation of animation production skills, identifying areas for exploration and development. There will be a series of workshops, introducing you to production processes. The themes will include:

    • 2D digital animation
    • 3D animation
    • 3D modelling
    • stop-motion animation
    • character design
    • storyboarding

    You won’t be expected to have prior knowledge or experience of the subject being taught – the workshops are designed as an introduction to skill sets, so you can choose which workshops to attend. Take this opportunity to explore a new subject or strengthen existing skills through a combination of instruction and self-directed study.

    Attend lectures and seminars discussing themes such as:

    • acting and performance for animation
    • design and conceptual development in animation
    • aesthetics
    • current trends and techniques in independent animation production
    • production planning.

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

    During this time, you’ll be required to develop your self-negotiated project proposal, outlining the focus of your body of work and the intended outcome. Having developed the project proposal in consultation with your tutor, you’ll produce a schedule or production timeline. You’ll be required to discuss and describe the concepts underlying your project in tutorials and through writing a journal.

    Support for the development of your work in progress will be offered weekly, beginning in Term Two. You’ll receive peer feedback in group tutorials, and individual feedback from one-to-one contact with your tutor. Throughout the year, you’ll have the chance to attend workshops to develop your project and personal skills with support from our technical staff.

    Phase Three
    Term Three focuses on the completion of your self-negotiated Masters project and research into potential career opportunities. You’ll receive career guidance from tutors who’ll support you in selecting and editing your work into a reel, and in the preparation of materials including a CV, a cover letter, and an 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, all of your work from the year will be submitted for assessment. Only the grade from this summative assessment will count as your final grade for the course.

    Optional research module
    (20 credit points)

    Advanced Art and Design Research
    This module will expose you to a range of different research methods across diverse practice-led research projects and research-led practices within Art and Design. If you are interested in pursuing your practice in the form of a PhD,

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
  • 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

Career Prospects

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 that include storyboard artist; character designer; environment and prop designer; pre-visualisation artist; CG modeller; 2D and 3D animator; stop-motion animator; and 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 pre-visualisation.

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

Connections with Industry

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

You’ll benefit from talks given by visiting professionals, which will cover a wide range of creative and professional practice.

Prestigious guest lecturers may include the likes of:

  • Nexus Studios
  • Aardman Animation
  • Finger Industries
  • Jellyfish Pictures
  • Astley Baker Studio
  • Entertainment One

Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to network with industry professionals during trips to both national and international animation festivals.

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

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

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£8,000£4,000
MA Graphic Design£8,000£4,000
MA Branding and Identity£8,000£4,000
MA Illustration£8,000£4,000
MA Graphic Design Theory and Practice (Part-time)n/aTBC

* 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 in 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£14,500£7,250
MA Graphic Design£14,500£7,250
MA Branding and Identity£14,500£7,250
MA Illustration£14,500£7,250
MA Graphic Design Theory and Practice (Part-time)n/aTBC

* 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