|The world's first online MA in animation|
The BNU Master's degree is a unique degree - the first online MA in animation which can be undertaken by students anywhere in the world, leading to a formal qualification in the field.
Students not only learn how to animate, but also engage at Masters' level with the underpinning theory and structure behind the art form. So, what is this degree all about, and what can our students expect?
|Alien by Jeton Lakna|
Until now, if you wanted to do an MA in animation, you had to go to a university and study there, at a place and time that is convenient for the university. Never mind that you have a day job and a family - you have to study when it suits them, not when it suits you.
Now, you will be able to complete your degree online, from anywhere in the world. You don't even need to show up for graduation - though you will definitely be invited! We are at present (correct us if we're wrong!) the only facility in the world offering an online MA in Animation.
What will you learn?
The course is a unique blend of practical training 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.
How Much Does It Cost?
The course costs £7,250 (but check the website to be sure - prices change). That's around $9,000 in US Dollars (depending on the exchange rate). And the UK government will now extends loans to UK-based graduate students. For more on funding for MA study, read this post.
When do students have to pay?
Fees for the course are now due for newly enrolled students. Please contact the Finance Dept at Bucks for details on how to pay for the course.
Who is teaching the course?
1. Academic Content
|Dr Fil Ieropoulos|
2. Practical Training
Alex Williams, founder of Animation Apprentice, will be teaching, delivering, assessing and marking the practical part of the course. All our students will get a personal login at www.animationapprentice.org, giving access to the whole site, and will study alongside other Animation Apprentice students.
All students have a unique personal login to Blackboard at Bucks New University, where you can access the teaching materials. The MA has five modules:
- DA701 - Animation Mechanics
- DA702 - Character Performance
- DA703 - Animals and Creatures
- DA704 - Demo Reel and Final Project
- DA705 - Dissertation.
Also click on the Assignments tab in Bb to find the detail on your upcoming assignments.
Do students get graded on all the work they have to submit?
No. Much of the course is delivered through what we call formative feedback. For your weekly submission through Animation Apprentice, you will send us a short piece of animation which we will review via a recorded, personalised feedback video. Students are not graded, but are helped to improve their animation.
So what work actually gets graded?
At the end of each module a piece of practical work is due (see the Module Guide for details) which will receive a grade - which will count towards your final award. Each Module also includes a short piece of academic writing, which also counts towards your final degree. Again, see the Module Guide for details.
What if I have questions? Whom should I contact?
For questions on the academic content, contact Fil. For general questions regarding the delivery of online courses at Bucks, contact Peter Brown. For anything to do with the delivery of Animation Apprentice, and the delivery of practical content, contact me, Alex Williams at Animation Apprentice. The best place to do this is to post a question at our Facebook Group - a closed group where students can post their work for informal review, ask questions, get help (especially tech help), meet other students, and help one another out.
Where is the Facebook classroom?
To find our FB Classroom for this year's intake, follow this link. It's a great forum to ask questions, get answers, upload your work for feedback, and get to know your fellow students.
But most of all, welcome! and enjoy the course!
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.