Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Online Animation MA Returns in Sept 2022

Sci-Fi scene by Joe Gamble
We are now taking applications for our online MA in Animation - recruiting for September 2022.

Our online MA in animation was launched in 2015 and was the very first of its kind - the first online MA in animation which could be undertaken by students anywhere in the world.  The MA in animation partners with the online animation school www.animationapprentice.org

Online Masters' Degree
Dolphin animation by Oliver Canovas
Since 2015, our students have been learning how to animate to a professional industry standard using Autodesk Maya, the industry-standard software, and also engaging with the underpinning theory and structure behind the art form.  Our MA in animation was the first fully online MA in animation, allowing students to complete their degree online, from anywhere in the world.  

MA Animation at BNU
There are now three MA Animation courses at BNU.  The original 18 month Online MA is this one here, not to be confused with The MA Advanced 3D Animation (a one year full time on campus course) and also the MA Advanced 3D Animation (online) which is an online version of the on-campus course. 

Demo Reel
To see some of our master's degree students' work, check out our latest demo reel below:

"School Run" by Bucks student Lee Caller
Practical & Academic
The MA in animation 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
Shark attack! by Adam Sale
The Master's Degree is a globally-recognised qualification.  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 in animation 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 2022

The MA in animation costs around £8,000 (but check the official site as fees are 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.

Portfolio Guidelines
We will need to see evidence of the kind of creative and technical skill that makes a prospective animator, such as drawings, sketches 2D and 3D Artwork.

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

Further Information
Transformer by Amedeo Beretta
More more information about our Online MA in Animation, follow these links:
Resources at Bucks
For more resources on getting started in animation at Bucks, see the blog posts below:

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