Animation* (MA)

MA Animation is designed to enable you to refine your animation skills, to develop a longer form animated film, serial or series, and prepare to “take it to market”.

You will learn to write story and script and will work with actors to bring vocal life to your creations. You will make practical materials and animated footage, learn the art of self-promotion and gain the relevant skills to build an electronic press kit and series bible.

You will learn the art of the pitch, and deliver it in front of panels and industry professionals. You will also become skilled in the contextualization of your own work, and be able to apply a range of cultural critique to it.

All of your efforts culminate in the final major project: 'Greenlight: Pitch Ready', where you will prepare your final animated series or long form film sequences to pitch to industry.

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Study style

This hands on, practical course will be delivered through lectures, specialist workshops, critiques, masterclasses, guest panels and one-to-one tutorials - assessment is both practical and written.

Entry requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 honours degree in a relevant field, or equivalent industry experience
  • International students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent
  • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview
  • All applicants must submit a visual portfolio with their application, which can be accessed on line. This could be a portfolio of drawings, illustrations or storyboards, or/combined with a showreel of short animated works up to 5 minutes in duration

Fees

Fees - 2020/21 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £7500
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14700

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.

Careers

  • Animation Director
  • Animation Producer
  • Concept Artist
  • Production Designer
  • CG Modeler
  • Compositor
  • Layout Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • 2D Animator / 3D Animator

*This course is 'subject to validation' which means it is going through the final stages of approval. Courses do normally get approved, but if for any reason this course does not then you would be informed by the university and we would help you find a suitable alternative.

Industry links

You’ll benefit from great guest lecturers drawn from throughout the animation industry. Previous animation industry guests have included animation feature directors, voice over artists, major animators, animation model makers, and animation industry recruiters.

Students from the University of Gloucestershire regularly attend sessions given by animation professionals delivered at the Aardman animation studios in Bristol. Our strong industry links offer exciting placement and internship opportunities. Students have taken placements and internships with studios such as A Productions, Sun and Moon, Rumpus!, Silver Agency, and Aardman.

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International travel

You’ll have the opportunity to visit the Annecy international animation festival in France – the biggest animation festival in the world. Annecy is a global meeting point for the whole animation industry and is attended by studios big and small, including Disney, Dreamworks, Sony Animation and Illumination Macguff. As well as featuring both big screen premieres, and masterful short animated work from all over the world, you’ll have the chance to meet fellow professional directors, animators and recruiters. Our special relationship with the town of Annecy (Cheltenham is twinned with Annecy) means that you’ll get special access to the festival. UOG students have previously been honored as judges for the festival and rewarded with an access all areas pass for the duration of the festival.

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Industry focused workshops

University of Gloucestershire undergraduate animation students attend two workshops per year delivered by the Oscar winning team at the Aardman animations studio in Bristol. Previous sessions have included storyboarding, modelmaking, prototyping, and production workshops. The sessions are an ideal way to gain an insight into the production methods of one of the biggest animation studios in the UK.

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Industry guests

In addition to the highly experienced staff teaching on the course, you will be able to experience top tier guests from within the animation industry. Previous animation industry guest speakers and lecturers have included Jackie Edwards (Head of the BFI Young Audiences Content Fund), Tim Allen (Senior Animator on Wes Andersons Isle of Dogs, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride), Shelley Page (Head of International Outreach, Dreamworks Animation), Ian Harvey (Executive Producer The Snowman), and Richard Starzack (Director, Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep series and features).

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