Friday, 20 December 2019

Apply Now for Our Online MA in 3D Animation

"School Run" by Bucks student Lee Caller
We are now taking applications for for our online MA in animation, currently enrolling for September 2020.

This online MA is a unique degree which can be undertaken by students anywhere in the world, leading to a formal qualification in the field.

Students learn how to animate to a professional industry standard using Autodesk Maya, the industry-standard software, and also learn to engage with the underpinning theory and structure behind the art form.

First Online MA in Animation
Our MA in animation is the first fully online MA in animation, allowing students to complete their degree online, from anywhere in the world. You don't even need to show up for graduation - though you will definitely be invited.

The world's first online MA in animation
What You Will Learn
The course is a unique blend of practical and academic content. That means you will learn how to animate, stop by step, and be properly trained as a skilled professional 3D animator.

At the same time, you will have to engage with the theory behind the craft, and take a close look at the industry, critically engaging with the underpinnings and possibilities of the medium.

Who Needs an MA?
A Master's Degree is a globally-recognised qualification, approved by and fully recognised by the UK Government.  Having an Master's Degree shows that you can engage in critical thinking at an advanced level, and make a thorough analysis of the subject being studied. In practical terms, you generally need an MA to be considered for a job teaching at university level.

Studios Need Practical Skills
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Studios care less about qualifications - industry hires animators with great demo reels. That is why our course has a strong emphasis on learning the techniques of 3D animation,  as well as academic content.

By the end of the course you should have a strong demo reel, good enough to help you find work in this fast-growing industry.

Who The Bucks Online MA is For
Our course will be of special interest to anyone who wants to learn the craft of 3D animation, and also for anyone who would like a career in teaching animation. There isn't another course that we know of which offers this blend of practical and critical content.

Next Intake
The next MA intake is September 2020

Funding and Finance
The course costs £7,600 (but check the official site as this is subject to change). And don't forget that the UK government now extends loans to graduate students. For more on funding for MA study, read this post.

Industry and Jobs
The animation industry is expanding rapidly worldwide. 3D animation is everywhere now, on TV, in the movie theatres, on your smart phone, on the web, and in games. The skills you will learn are transferable to any kind of animation.

Official Course Page
To visit the official page and register for more information, follow this link.

Portfolio Tips
We will need to see evidence of the kind of creative and technical skill that makes a prospective animator. Animators are artists, but they also need good technical skills.  For more on our portfolio tips guidelines, see this post

Undergraduate Degree
Most of our applicants already have an undergraduate degree in an arts-related field (but not necessarily in animation). However, we are also able to accept candidates without an undergraduate degree, if they can show a substantial body of professional work. If you don't have a BA, you will need to show a portfolio of work that will demonstrates a level of learning that shows you can handle a post-graduate level of study. This is called APEL, and you can see more about it here.

How The MA Course Works
To see more precise detail on how the course works, watch the short video below

For more on the experience of studying at Bucks New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days,  take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK. 

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