Study at our MediaCityUK campus in our custom built, industry standard animation suite
Combine elective modules to suit your specialism
Benefit from the expertise of industry practitioners who are directly involved in course delivery
This course is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills and understanding of animation production, 3D-animation systems and related technologies.
During your time with us, you will have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice by collaborating on projects with other MA students studying across related disciplines.
On successful completion of the course, you’ll be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of creative and technical skills in your chosen specialism of media production.
For the MA programmes in Media Production you will be required to submit a project proposal related to your chosen specialist field, to support your application. A brief written synopsis (max. 500 words) of your ideas would also be required. Please note that this would be for discussion purposes at the interview only.
Degree Grade: 2:1 and above.
We welcome applications from students who may not meet formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
If you’re a graduate or professional with animation experience, the course will equip you with a deeper understanding of animation technology and the production process.
The teaching of this course is comprised of seminars, workshops in storytelling and production practice, study of broadcast and editorial guidelines, independent research, collaborative project work and film screenings.
The aim is to support your learning with an effective blend of theory and creative practice and to encourage ownership of your learning through self-directed projects.
The vocational nature of the course lends itself to coursework assessment. This typically includes the design and production of animation or graphic products requiring technical and creative skills. Technical reports and case studies form the assessment of underpinning modules.
Methods of assessment depend on the module and elective pathway you are taking.
Each module has its own assessment package and this is structured appropriately to reflect the module content. Practical-based modules are assessed by project and a reflective critical evaluation.
"I have been Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Animation programme since 2007 and MA Animation programme leader since 2012. I studied for an MA in Computer Animation from C.N.B.D.I., France. And I previously worked at Teesside University and Doncaster College. My industry experience includes working as an in-game and full motion video animator for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Published works include festival screenings in Europe and WWF-One World nominated for a BAF! commercials award at the Bradford Animation Festival in 2007. Magazine publications include articles in Imagine and 3D World magazine, on behalf of WAK Studios. I am currently co-writing a paper on the animated film Persepolis, to be included in the Euroacademia conference in Prague, 2014."
Kate Corbin Programme Leader
Graduates from the programme have gone on to work in animation production at companies including Framestore, London, and Weearemi, Manchester. The programme has strong links with industry leaders, including the BBC, ITV, and regional and national media companies.
To develop your skills and employability, there are opportunities on our Media Production courses to work on live briefs and gain valuable work experience. Previous students have worked with:
Plus the following prominent speakers have delivered guest lectures:
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We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in February 2017.
MA (one year full-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time)