MSc Animation & VFX
The MSc in Animation & VFX is a blend of creative and technical visual storytelling. We focus on teaching the professional production pipelines that you will utilise in this industry. You will engage with high-end production techniques and values, and you will create a narrative based film, showreel/breakdown reel, as part of your final expo. We also regard research, development and intellectual rigour very highly. You will investigate your practice, and reflect on your own creative journey through the duration of the course.
We have great connections to the animation, film, television, video-games and comics industries, and many of our graduates have gone on to work around the world, for some of the top studios and franchises. Other students have pursued further academic advancement, by continuing on to a PhD or work in education.
With the increasing appetite for fantastic stories and images there has never been a better opportunity for animators, artists and designers to develop new ways of communicating different stories. Using 2D and 3D computer animation, practitioners are shaping our knowledge and understanding in areas as diverse as digital visual effects, medical imaging, architecture, environmental design, product design and film making.
A first or second class honours degree in an appropriate discipline, although applicants with other qualifications or relevant professional experience will also be considered.
You will need to submit a showreel of your work. This will need to be around 1-2 minutes in duration and uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. You will also need to upload a portfolio of up to 15 images.
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How you will be taught
This course relies strongly on the idea of self-managed study, with students working autonomously. However, help and support is provided by our expert staff throughout your studies.
Throughout the programme and on completion students enter their work in national and international competitions and animation festivals in the UK and overseas. Developing the research potential and impact of our postgraduate students is integral to our vision for research. Research focused students are encouraged to participate in research conferences, presentations, colloquia and networks. Guidance is given for those who wish to continue to PhD.
How you will be assessed
- course work
- team project work
- exploratory practical work
- finalised practical work
- written work
What you will study
The Masters is taught over three semesters. Core modules and optional modules provide a balanced curriculum.
You can choose to leave with a postgraduate diploma with 120 credits, or a postgraduate certificate with 60 credits.
Prospects for graduates exist in research and within the VFX, 3D and 2D animation and visualisation industries. Specific roles include 3D VFX artists, compositor, character designer, technical director, environments designer, character animator, self-employment and entrepreneurship will also offer potential career opportunities. Academia careers including research assistant on funded projects and PhD study.
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