Media Production: Animation

Based at MediaCityUK
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Media Production: Animation at Salford


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

Course Summary

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.

Course Details

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.

Course Structure

Full-time study option

The Creative Development Projects (CDP) module offers the students a chance to develop skills appropriate to their programme of study within an atmosphere and philosophy of innovation and experimentation. The module is built around programmes of lecture/ seminars and workshops in which you develop their creative and critical skills through applied theory and practical work. You may work in production teams.
A series of lectures aims to develop your appreciation and engagement with critical approaches to contextualising and informing students’ practical creative work. The lectures examine the theory and practice of media production and contextualise the contemporary broadcasting and film environment.  
Through a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials that aim to develop the students' specialisms, the module will examine the practice and theory of media production readying you for pitching their ideas to a panel of academics and industry practitioners, and developing creative and critical skills through applied theory and practical work.
A series of lectures, seminars and workshops aim to develop production craft specialisms in readiness for production in Semester 2 and 3 if appropriate. The module will examine and enhance the practice and theory of media production advancing your creative and technical skills. Where appropriate this would provide opportunities to prepare you for your final Major Practice Research Module (Semester 3).
This is an opportunity to demonstrate both the theoretical and practical skills that you’ve gained over the two previous semesters. You will demonstrate your creative, technical and critical skills through self-directed practice and research that demonstrates original and innovative work within the field of contemporary media practice.


This is an opportunity to demonstrate the theoretical skills that you’ve gained over the two previous semesters. You will demonstrate your creative and critical skills through self-directed research that demonstrates original and innovative work within the field of contemporary media practice.

Entry Requirements

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.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

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).

English Language Requirements

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.

Suitable For

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.

Applicant profile


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.

They include:

  • Creative projects portfolios and productions
  • Live briefs
  • Critical reflections
  • Presentations
  • Essay

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.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

"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


Career Prospects

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.

Alumni Profile

Links with Industry

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:

  • CBBC
  • Framestore
  • BBC Writersroom
  • BBC Natural History Unit
  • Nine Lives Media production company
  • Sumners Post Production Facility House
  • BBC Fast Train, BBC Academy, BBC Red Nose Day and BBC Turn Up the Talent
  • Sheffield Documentary Festival, Salford Media Festival, One World Media Festival

Plus the following prominent speakers have delivered guest lectures:

  • Sir David Attenborough
  • Joe Godwin (Director of BBC Childrens)
  • Steve Hewlett (Media commentator / Guardian Columnist)
  • Tony Palmer (Documentary filmmaker)
  • Jackie Priddle (Aardman Animation Producer)
  • BBC Stepping Out and Audience Research Team

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£12,500
Full-time PgDip£4,736

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£13,500
Full-time PgDip£4,920

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section.

Additional costs

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 Spring 2017.


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