Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Last Call to Apply: Online MA in Animation

Transformer animation by BNU Masters' student Amedeo Beretta
Last call for applications for our online MA in animation; we still have a couple of spots open 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.

Unique Degree
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. To see our students' latest work, check out the 2019 demo reel below:

"School Run" by Bucks student Lee Caller
Practical & Academic
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.

Formal Qualification
The Master's Degree is a globally-recognised qualification, formally certified by the UK Govt.  Having an MA 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.

Practical Skills
Partnering with AnimationApprentice.org
Our MA 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.

Our course is 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, especially in higher education where an MA is more or less a requirement.  There isn't another course that we know of which offers this blend of practical and critical content.

Alien by Jeton Lakna
Start Date
September 2020

The course costs £7,200 (but check the official site as this may be 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.

Jobs and Employment
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.

Jellyfish by Joe Gamble
Official page
To visit the official page and register for more information, follow this link.

Online Portfolio
Yes. We will need to see evidence of the kind of creative and technical skill that makes a prospective animator. For more on our portfolio guidelines, see this post

Jinng Hwee Tan
Do You Need a BA to Apply?
Most of our applicants will have a BA in an arts-related field (not necessarily animation - we teach all our students from scraach).

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 process is called APEL - and is explained in detail here.

Video Introduction
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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