Thursday, 30 July 2020

Academic Deadlines MA Animation 2020-22

2019-2021 deadlines
Below is a list of deadlines for the online MA in 3D animation. This list is for our 2020 cohort of students, that is to say all our student animators who are joining us in September 2020, and will graduate "Master of Arts" in the summer of 2022.

This list of deadlines is a draft list only, and is subject to change. Students should always check the appropriate Module Guide and Assignment Brief to be certain of the correct submission date. And, of course, check with your tutor.

However, this list gives our MA students a broad idea of what to expect over the coming 18 months.

Kiwi by Oliver Canovas DA703 PR1
DA701 PR1      Monday 14th December 2020

DA701 CW1     Friday 8th Jan 2021
DA702 CW1     Friday 5th March 2021
DA702 PR1      Monday 19th  April 2021

DA705 CW1     Friday 30th April 2021

DA703 PR1      Monday 7th June 2021
"School Run" by Lee Caller: DA701 PR1
DA703 CW1     Friday 9th July 2021

DA704 CW2     Friday 17th Sep 2021
DA704 CW1     Friday 12th Nov 2021
DA704 PR1      Monday 6th December 2021

DA705 CW2     Friday 14th Jan 2022
DA705 CW3     Thursday 22 April 2022

Missing deadlines
Missing deadlines is a bad idea and it's always best to submit on time, even if what you have is imperfect.  However, sometimes missing a deadline is unavoidable. For more information on what to do if you miss - or think you might miss - a deadline, read this blog post.

Five modules make up the MA in 3D Animation: DA701, DA702, DA703, DA704 and DA705. To see what's in each module, see below. 

DA701 - Animation Mechanics 
This first module, taught primarily in Maya, deals with animation basics, such locomotion and mechanics. It starts with simple actions such as the bouncing ball, and builds up to simple physical actions, such as jumps and throws. At the end of the Module students submit a project for formal assessment based on character locomotion, such as the one below by graduate Neil Whitman.

DA702 - Character Performance
In this second module, students get to grips with character performance, including complex physical actions, pantomime animation, acting, dialogue and lipsync. The module builds up to an entry in the monthly 11 Second Club competition, which is also part of the student's assessed work. Below is an excellent example by Bucks MA student Jinng Hwee Tan.

DA703 - Animals and Creatures
This module focuses on animal and creature work, with an emphasis on the kind of photo-realistic animation in which London studios like Framestore, MPC and DNeg specialise. Students learn quadruped locomotion, as well as how to animate creatures like birds, spiders and scorpions.

DA704 - Demo Reel and Final Project
This penultimate module focuses on the creation of a final project and also a demo reel to showcase the student's best work. A demo reel is the student's shop front, their display of talent and skill, and is the single most important factor in finding work in the industry.

DA705 - Dissertation
This final module is entirely academic in character, and involves the writing of a dissertation, under the supervision of Fil Ieropoulos. To see some information about how to pick a dissertation, read this post.
The first four Modules run consecutively through the year and while the last module, DA705, runs through the entire year alongside the other modules.

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