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Wolverhampton School of Art

Animation

MA Part-time 2 years

You are special, and we know you have thought hard about this decision.

You are special, and we know you have thought hard about this decision.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award MA
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art

Why choose this course?

You are special, and we know you have thought hard about this decision. We have created a course we are proud to offer graduates like yourself who feel they need more time to develop their specialist portfolio, or to direct ‘that’ film. But most of all, we know that when you graduated from your BA you felt like it was the beginning… not the end.

When designing our animation courses we spent a lot of time in the development stages discussing our ideas with industry creatives, graduates and students. As a result, the Animation team has developed a unique and ground-breaking philosophy that affects everything we do: ‘CREATIVE EMPLOYABLE THINKERS’: The idea is simple, everything you do on this course will be aimed at you becoming a Creative Employable Thinker. Every module you study, every grade you receive, all the feedback you get will be based around the central aim of you becoming a Creative Employable Thinker.

Check out our BA (Hons) Animation video below.

Check out the link below for more information on what our graduates get up too after they graduate!

https://www.wlv.ac.uk/about-us/our-schools-and-institutes/faculty-of-arts/graduate-success/

  

What happens on the course?

This MA in Animation will help you advance the skills you already have and develop the skills you aspire to gain.

There are many careers within the Animation industries, so we have designed a curriculum that allows you to mould your experience to suit your needs. We will encourage you to explore and develop in the creative areas you are most passionate about, allowing you to specialise in single production area such as (but not limited to): storyboarding, directing, concept art, character design, script writing etc. 

We believe that no two creative people are the same, so we encourage you to follow your instincts and identify your personal creative potential.

Modules and Assessment

You will take part in both formative and summative assessments.  Formative assessments provide feedback on work in progress; this is done during in weekly sessions, as well as in writing throughout the course. 

You will use blogging to document your research, progress, learning, reflections and thinking. The blogs are a useful tool within the formative and summative assessment processes and will help you develop your professional voice.

Summative assessment is given as the final grade which a rigorous procedure often involving two or more members of staff, students work is examined in accordance to the Module Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria which is stipulated on the Assessment Brief (given at the beginning of each Semester).

  

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Typical career opportunities open to graduates include:

Motion graphics artist, character animator, character designers, concept artists, art directors, feature/shorts/commercial directors, 2D digital animator, 2D drawn animator, 3D digital animator, stop motion animator, animation supervisor, animation producer, production manager, production assistant, CG modeller, compositor, digital painter, rigger (2D or 3D), editor, model maker, set builder, layout artist (digital or analogue), lighter, match move artist, rotoscope artist, VFX artist, SFX artist, storyboard artist, scriptwriter. 

Staff at Wolverhampton are always happy to advise on and discuss your career ambitions.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The resources and equipment in Animation fully support the aspiration for high end productions to be created. You are encouraged to work to industry standard and aspire to award winning animations.

Facilities include:

  • A dedicated studio developed to replicate a professional configuration that is equipped with 25 workstations
  • All work stations have a Cintiq
  • 2 screen setups for both production and post production runs to occur
  • Production cycle software applications -- CGI software the complete Adobe and Autodesk studio packages, and TV Paint.
  • A multifunctional capture area where line testing/ and stopmotion animation spaces can be used for testing, experiments an high quality final productions
  • Dedicated blue and green screens and portable motion capture rig
  • A stop motion space that can be used to facilitate puppet and model animation production
  • Fully equipped drawing and life studios

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Emily Mantell

  • You will develop industry-standard skills in a creative environment with likeminded students and enthusiastic staff.
  • You will understand and use research and practice as a combined creative tool to enhance your thought processes, workflows and creative outcomes.
  • You will practice communication on a professional level through presentations, written communication, written documentation,1 – 1 tutorials, and group tasks.
  • All of the above is designed to help you become a CRETIVE EMPLOYABLE THINKER.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £6250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3125 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3200 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/20. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Usually applicants will have an honours degree in the visual arts but those with other academic qualifications or relevant professional experience are also encouraged to apply

Applicants will be invited to a portfolio interview – a portfolio interview is your opportunity to demonstrate your passion and creative ability. A visual portfolio can be viewed either digitally or analogue.

All students must demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirements in order to be admitted to the University of Wolverhampton please follow the link below for more information: https://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/international-academy/courses-at-the-international-academy/language-entry-requirements/

Postgraduate Loans: Are available for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England. For more information on eligibility and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.ukwww.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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