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Want to focus on your animation and motion graphics skills that are in great demand within the film, television, computer games and new media industries?

MA Animation at Northumbria is designed to meet the needs of the animation industry, enabling you to gain high-level technical skills while encouraging you to experiment and think creatively. 

You’ll study topics including animation criticism and aesthetics, animation production methods and undertake a major project, producing an animated short film, or an equivalent piece of original work to act as a calling card for your future career.

Working in a studio-based environment with the latest technology and industry standard software, you’ll engage with live and research-led briefs, preparing you for roles in the creative industries.

As a graduate you will be able to demonstrate advanced skills in contemporary animation and digital media that are in great demand within the creative industries. 

Want to focus on your animation and motion graphics skills that are in great demand within the film, television, computer games and new media industries?

MA Animation at Northumbria is designed to meet the needs of the animation industry, enabling you to gain high-level technical skills while encouraging you to experiment and think creatively. 

You’ll study topics including animation criticism and aesthetics, animation production methods and undertake a major project, producing an animated short film, or an equivalent piece of original work to act as a calling card for your future career.

Working in a studio-based environment with the latest technology and industry standard software, you’ll engage with live and research-led briefs, preparing you for roles in the creative industries.

As a graduate you will be able to demonstrate advanced skills in contemporary animation and digital media that are in great demand within the creative industries. 

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Department
Arts

Location
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Animation at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops that reflect professional animation industry practice. You’ll be encouraged to use the e-learning portal and blogs to document and communicate your research and design progress.

You’ll be assessed throughout the course, reflecting real-life practice in the design profession where work is informally critiqued in the studio environment by peers or formally by clients during presentations. Assessments may take the form of written and practical projects, for example, producing scripts and storyboards.

Your major project, which is usually an animated short film, or an equivalent piece of original work forms a key part of your assessment. These final pieces, which are of a professional standard, are presented during a final presentation and you will receive formative feedback from both staff and peers throughout their development.

Videos / Animation

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Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Animation at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities

Your tutors have extensive professional experience and have worked as animators, designers and directors for film and television companies including Sky, STV, BBC and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Their knowledge of industry practice is reflected in the real-life briefs that you’ll work on in a specialist studio environment.

Lectures from guest experts and visits to local and London studios also help to develop your understanding and experience of the animation profession.

Book an Open Day / Experience Animation MA

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Animation at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities

You’ll have access to a dedicated studio space, packed with high-end facilities and specialist hardware including computers, rendering facilities, stop-motion rigs and a colour 3D printer. And you’ll be working with industry standard animation software such as Maya, Houdini, Renderman, and Nuke.

You’ll have access to an e-learning portal that provides lecture materials, creative and technical support resources and reading lists together with discussion boards and notices. You’ll be encouraged to use this and write blogs to document and communicate your research and design progress.

Digital Tutors provide support for the design and technical software support you’ll be using during your course.

The Labs

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Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Animation at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities

Research based learning is built into your course as part of project briefs and workshop sessions.

Your tutors are actively engaged in research which they bring into workshop sessions, reflecting contemporary animation practices and culture. You’ll get the chance to be involved in projects that help develop theory at the forefront of animation research.

Your studies will equip you with the latest theoretical, practical and professional knowledge, skills and applied thinking to prepare you for a variety of roles within the creative industries.

Guest talks, placements, live briefs, studio visits and the chance to showcase your work all help you to develop contacts and networks that will be valuable in your future career.

Research / Department of Arts

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This is an industry-focused course, designed to prepare you for a career in the animation industry.

You’ll visit design and animation studios in North East England and London as well as attending industry talks and taking part in live design projects in collaboration with commercial partners.

You may also have the opportunity to attend the Pictoplasma Conference held annually in Berlin where you can see cutting-edge, contemporary character design and animation and carry out research ahead of your major project.

Another important engagement with industry is the Design & Art Direction New Blood Showcase, (D&AD), in London in July. This gives you the chance to showcase your work and network with design, animation and production studios.

Throughout your course you’ll develop social, communication, design and management skills that are desired by employers, including team working and production management.

Book an Open Day / Experience Animation MA.

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Animation at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities

The Masters in Animation is designed to give you a firm grounding in theoretical, creative, practical and professional development. You’ll graduate with advanced ideas and skills in contemporary animation and digital media that mean you’ll be well placed for roles in the film, television, computer games and new media industries.

There are a number of employment opportunities available on graduation, such as Visual Effects (VFX) and 3D Artists at Time Based Arts and Pixel Blimp, Character Animators at Jellyfish Pictures, or Motion Designers at Framestore - all London based companies, and Arcus Studios employ graduates as animators in the North East.

Book an Open Day / Experience Animation MA

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Animation at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This course is ideal for students from a Graphic Design, Fine Art, Illustration, and Animation background who want to further develop their skills and career in animation. This course is also suited to designers, animators and illustrators who want to work in animation.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent.

Applicants without formal qualifications will be considered.

International qualifications
 
If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry
 
English Language requirements
 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
 
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Due to the nature of the course a laptop would be a very useful purchase. We do not though recommend you choosing a laptop before the course has commenced. To help you budget accordingly the approximate cost of purchasing a laptop will range from £500 to £1,000. In addition, a data storage device will be needed to save work, and these cost between £50 to £75. Additionally, there is a planned field-trip, including conference and festival in Berlin, which is optional. The approximate total cost is £600. There is also an optional graduate showcase event in London (D&AD). There is no cost for admission to the event, but students must fund their own travel and accommodation. Approximate cost is £300. In addition to this, students may need to buy art materials for design development work and should budget for this in the region of £20-30.00.

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EF0126 -

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional, 0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

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MI7001 -

Animation Production Methods (Core, 30 Credits)

This module is designed to equip you with the necessary social, communication, design and management skills for post-graduate research into the development and production of original intellectual property in the field of animation production.

Team working is the central philosophy of this module and it is designed to encourage all students to work together. Building on your prior design and animation knowledge, this module will introduce you to the design and management methods required to design, produce and deliver an animation project in a professional manner.

You will be given an industry-focused brief set in conjunction with an external collaborator and this exposure to industry will directly support your future employment opportunities.

You will be supported in this process with a series of practical classes on production methods, from design and animation, through to post-production.

You will also be supported in this process with a series of contextual classes on the animation industry and a range of industry lectures.

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MI7002 -

Animation Research & Development (Core, 30 Credits)

The aim of this module is to undertake and document research and development that will form the basis of the Major Project MI7003, which usually takes the form of a short film, or an equivalent piece of original work. This module can be broken down into the three broad areas: project idea, research and development and project design. The project idea is usually based on the research and development carried out in module MI7004, and at this stage the ideas are further refined and developed conceptually, visually and technically. These stages can be summarised as:

Project idea
You will be supported in the development of a script or project idea for the Major Project. This will include all appropriate written and visual work to clearly demonstrate the project, such as a treatment, script and storyboards. This should be based on the necessary contextual research to support the development of the ideas and themes inherent in the project, commensurate with post-graduate level research.

Research and development
You will be introduced to advanced production techniques and methods that will support the development of Major Project. You will also be supported in the visual and technical research and development required to produce and document the art direction and technical direction for the Major Project.

Project design
You will be supported in the design and documentation of the production pipeline required for the production stage of the Major Project.
Teaching will be by a lecture series and discussion that will refer to each stage outlined above. There will also be a series of workshops to develop appropriate technical skills to deliver the Major Project. These will include, character animation, advanced rendering and production pipeline design.

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MI7003 -

Major Project (Core, 60 Credits)

This module gives you the opportunity to produce a significant piece of work, either individually or as a team of animators. This will usually take the form of a short film, or an equivalent piece of original work.

The work created in this module will be an important demonstration of your knowledge, ideas and skills, which will directly support your future employment opportunities.

The second aspect of this module is the critical reflection on the ideas, production and finished work. This written analysis is an individual project and will allow you to fully demonstrate your understanding of the design process and the cultural context of the work.

Building on your prior team working experience in Animation Production Methods MI7001 and Animation Research & Development MI7002 you will be supported and encouraged to work together on this project where appropriate.

This project will be directly informed by the ideas and experimentation in Experimental Animation 1 and 2, and the practical research and development carried out in the Animation Research & Development module.

The project in terms of ideas, design and proposed production methodology will be subject to consultation and approval with the module tutor.

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MI7004 -

Experimental Animation 1 (Core, 30 Credits)

This module is designed to encourage you to experiment with conceptual ideas, story-telling and animation techniques to produce both visual experiments and a project idea that will form the basis of the Major Project in Module MI7003.

This module has two integrated strands that encourage this experimentation and idea generation. The two strands are structured into a single brief.

The first strand encourages experimentation with both the conceptual and practical techniques employed in the production of new ideas in animation. This will be supported by appropriate lectures, seminars and tutorial support to encourage creative and self-reflective experimentation in animation. You will produce and document experimental animation projects.

Building on this experimentation the second strand considers the analysis and generation of ideas for a proposed film or animation project, from a critical, and written perspective. Classes will cover key areas such as script analysis, narrative and characterisation. You will produce a project idea for the Major Project in Module MI7003 in the appropriate form, such as a script and storyboard or, appropriate supporting material for a non-traditional project, such as in interactive animation project.

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MI7005 -

Experimental Animation 2 (Core, 30 Credits)

This module has two integrated strands that encourage experimentation and critical reflection. The two strands are structured into a single brief.

In the first strand you will be given a brief, drawn from the design industry, that requires an innovative solution. This will be supported by appropriate lectures, seminars and tutorial support, including the introduction of appropriate animation processes such as proceduralism and interactive techniques.

In the second strand lectures and seminars will be delivered on how to reflect on your design practice and this will support the reflection and documentation process of the project. This will be supported by appropriate lectures, seminars and tutorials.

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