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Become a 3D Animator the flexible way. Our online MA is the first of its kind, giving you the chance to study from anywhere in the world. Read more

Become a 3D Animator the flexible way. Our online MA is the first of its kind, giving you the chance to study from anywhere in the world. You'll benefit from our expertise, learning through practical and academic modules. At Bucks we have industry links with companies such as Framestore and Centroid, based at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios.

Animation is everywhere. TV, in film, on your smart phone, on the web, and in games. The animation industry is growing from strength to strength, involving more and more media.

We give you all the vital skills and knowledge to succeed in the sector. This course includes both academic and practical elements giving you the edge you need to impress employers.

Visit the website: http://bucks.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/arts-and-creative-industries/pt/3d-animation-pt-1718

What will this course cover?

We place a strong emphasis on character and creature animation in a digital environment. With a focus on cutting edge technical and creative skills, you'll learn how to develop original creative content.

You will also gain an awareness of current challenges faced in the animation industry, with an opportunity to conduct your own research in this exciting and rapidly developing field.

Learn about 3D animation from anywhere in the world Our 3D animation MA is a one-of-a- kind course. It's delivered exclusively online, allowing you to fit in your studies around your personal and professional commitments. You can study at a pace and time that suits you, with no need to attend the University.

How will I be taught and assessed?

The programme will be exclusively delivered by distance learning, using our online virtual learning environment: The Blackboard Collaborate portal.

You will benefit from a blend of online tutorials and seminars. You will also receive highly detailed and customised feedback, including a bespoke personal critique of your work.

The teaching and assessments prioritises a ‘hands-on’, real world approach to learning and online learning resources, with extensive use made of video clips and other rich media to support the delivery of the programme.

All module assessment is coursework, rather than exam- based. Assessment submission and lecturer feedback will be exclusively delivered online, enabling you to readily refer back to tailored feedback comments that will progressively inform each piece of written and practical work you complete during the course.

Careers

By the end of the course, you'll be a skilled animator and have a deeper academic understanding of the industry. When you graduate, you'll have an impressive portfolio of work. We make sure that the skills you learn will impress employers.

We help you find employment after graduation. We have a dedicated team of careers and employment specialists, who work in partnership with academic colleagues, employers and the Students' Union to prepare you for the world of work and guide your career management.

Our graduates have gone on to work in production houses, visual effects companies and some have even started their own companies.

How to apply

Apply here: http://bucks.ac.uk/applynow/



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Want to focus on your animation and motion graphics skills that are in great demand within the film, television, computer games and new media industries?. Read more
Want to focus on your animation and motion graphics skills that are in great demand within the film, television, computer games and new media industries?

MA Animation at Northumbria is designed to meet the needs of the animation industry, enabling you to gain high-level technical skills while encouraging you to experiment and think creatively.

You’ll study topics including animation criticism and aesthetics, animation production methods and undertake a major project, producing an animated short film, or an equivalent piece of original work to act as a calling card for your future career.

Working in a studio-based environment with the latest technology and industry standard software, you’ll engage with live and research-led briefs, preparing you for roles in the creative industries.

As a graduate you will be able to demonstrate advanced skills in contemporary animation and digital media that are in great demand within the creative industries.

Learn From The Best

Your tutors have extensive professional experience and have worked as animators, designers and directors for film and television companies including Sky, STV, BBC and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Their knowledge of industry practice is reflected in the real-life briefs that you’ll work on in a specialist studio environment.

Lectures from guest experts and visits to local and London studios also help to develop your understanding and experience of the animation profession.

Teaching And Assessment

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops that reflect professional animation industry practice. You’ll be encouraged to use the e-learning portal and blogs to document and communicate your research and design progress.

You’ll be assessed throughout the course, reflecting real-life practice in the design profession where work is informally critiqued in the studio environment by peers or formally by clients during presentations. Assessments may take the form of written and practical projects, for example, producing scripts and storyboards.

Your major project, which is usually an animated short film, or an equivalent piece of original work forms a key part of your assessment. These final pieces, which are of a professional standard, are presented during a final presentation and you will receive formative feedback from both staff and peers throughout their development.

Module Overview
MI7001 - Animation Production Methods (Core, 30 Credits)
MI7002 - Animation Research & Development (Core, 30 Credits)
MI7003 - Major Project (Core, 60 Credits)
MI7004 - Experimental Animation 1 (Core, 30 Credits)
MI7005 - Experimental Animation 2 (Core, 30 Credits)

Learning Environment

You’ll have access to a dedicated studio space, packed with high-end facilities and specialist hardware including computers, rendering facilities, stop-motion rigs and a colour 3D printer. And you’ll be working with industry standard animation software such as Maya, Houdini, Renderman, and Nuke.

You’ll have access to an e-learning portal that provides lecture materials, creative and technical support resources and reading lists together with discussion boards and notices. You’ll be encouraged to use this and write blogs to document and communicate your research and design progress.

Digital Tutors provide support for the design and technical software support you’ll be using during your course.

Research-Rich Learning

Research based learning is built into your course as part of project briefs and workshop sessions.

Your tutors are actively engaged in research which they bring into workshop sessions, reflecting contemporary animation practices and culture. You’ll get the chance to be involved in projects that help develop theory at the forefront of animation research.

Your studies will equip you with the latest theoretical, practical and professional knowledge, skills and applied thinking to prepare you for a variety of roles within the creative industries.

Guest talks, placements, live briefs, studio visits and the chance to showcase your work all help you to develop contacts and networks that will be valuable in your future career.

Give Your Career An Edge

This is an industry-focused course, designed to prepare you for a career in the animation industry.

You’ll visit design and animation studios in North East England and London as well as attending industry talks and taking part in live design projects in collaboration with commercial partners.

You may also have the opportunity to attend the Pictoplasma Conference held annually in Berlin where you can see cutting-edge, contemporary character design and animation and carry out research ahead of your major project.

Another important engagement with industry is the Design & Art Direction New Blood Showcase, (D&AD), in London in July. This gives you the chance to showcase your work and network with design, animation and production studios.

Throughout your course you’ll develop social, communication, design and management skills that are desired by employers, including team working and production management.

Your Future

The Masters in Animation is designed to give you a firm grounding in theoretical, creative, practical and professional development. You’ll graduate with advanced ideas and skills in contemporary animation and digital media that mean you’ll be well placed for roles in the film, television, computer games and new media industries.

There are a number of employment opportunities available on graduation, such as Visual Effects (VFX) and 3D Artists at Time Based Arts and Pixel Blimp, Character Animators at Jellyfish Pictures, or Motion Designers at Framestore - all London based companies, and Arcus Studios employ graduates as animators in the North East.

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This course provides a unique mix of multimedia and interaction design processes, design of 3D virtual reality and animation media, AV media and effects, and 3D media combined with real and virtual studio and on-location multimedia creation. Read more

About the course

This course provides a unique mix of multimedia and interaction design processes, design of 3D virtual reality and animation media, AV media and effects, and 3D media combined with real and virtual studio and on-location multimedia creation.

It not only focuses on the creative art and design aspects of digital media, but also on the theory and practice of the technical tools and techniques required for creating 3D, interactive real and virtual reality media through the development of design and technology knowledge, understanding and skills.

Aims

The MSc programme in Advanced Multimedia Design and 3D Technologies aims to develop a thorough knowledge of the design principles and techniques required for the design of combined real and virtual interactive and 3D multimedia, and an appreciation of the current research directions and opportunities that are available in this field of research.

On this course you will:

Develop advanced knowledge and skills relevant to the design and creation of combined real, virtual interactive and 3D multimedia and tools, to assist in the creation of combined real and virtual interactive and 3D multimedia.
Develop the ability to design complex combined real and virtual interactive and 3D multimedia creations, and the versatility to apply a variety of different design tools and technologies across a range of different media areas to realise the creation.
Develop creativity and independent learning ability required for continuing professional development, further research, and for acquiring new skills at a high level.
Gain an appreciation of the current research directions and opportunities that are available in this field of research.

Course Content

The course is delivered through a mix of lectures, workshops, self-study and individual and group project work. In lectures, key concepts and ideas are introduced, definitions are stated, results and techniques are explained, and immediate queries are discussed. Workshops and projects are used to foster practical engagement with the taught material.

The dissertation plays a key role in deepening understanding, in developing research and literature review skills, and in applying knowledge and skills gained in the programme to plan, execute, and evaluate a significant investigation into a current problem area related to the design of multimedia artefacts.

Typical Modules

3D Computer Graphics and Motion Capture
Multimedia and Interaction Design
Audio Visual Post Production
3D Film Design and Production
Multimedia Research Directions
Dissertation Project

Special Features

Advanced resources
Our green screen TV studio lab, audio studio and cutting edge design tools are amongst our range of advanced equipment available to students. Design tools used during the course include:

Advanced 3D Technologies – 3D Studio, Vicon Motion Capture, Motion Builder, 3D Stereo Video
Multimedia and Interaction Design – Flash and Action Script
Audio Visual Post Production – AfterEffects, Final Cut Pro, Nuke, Logic Studio Pro
3D Film Design and Production – Nuke, Ocular.

State of the art student projects and placements

Assessment

You will be assessed on practical and written elements of each module.

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Create, explore and play with 3D digital, 2D and 2.5D animation processes in combination with more traditional analogue technologies, changing how you make, understand and experience animation. Read more

Introduction

Create, explore and play with 3D digital, 2D and 2.5D animation processes in combination with more traditional analogue technologies, changing how you make, understand and experience animation. MA Animation at LCC gives you the chance to develop a personal practice that understands animation, in multiple forms, address multiple situations and help you develop innovative approaches driven by critical understanding and experimental production.

Content

Animation at LCC is taught as a broad and experimental visual practice in the context of communication design. With new technologies changing how we make, understand and experience animation, students are encouraged to test boundaries and look at animation in many forms and in many ways.

MA Animation explores both the theory and practice of animation aiming to give you the tools to be able to express creative ideas using a broad range of experimental visual media. You will investigate the production of animation in an era with unparalleled opportunities for skilled visual communicators.

Structure

The course is delivered across four 10 week terms starting in September and finishing the next December. Incorporating a summer break, this is a one-year full-time course (45 taught weeks), delivered over 15 months.

Term 1 (10 weeks)

1.1 Animation Practice and Process 3D & 2D (40 Credits)
1.2 Design for Animation, Narrative Structures and Film Language (20 Credits)

Terms 2 and 3 (20 weeks)

2.1 Experimental Critical Practice and Research (40 Credits)
2.2 Collaborative Unit (20 Credits) term 2 only

Term 4 (5 +10 weeks)

3.1 Final Major Project and Thesis (60 Credits)

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Our. MA Animation course. builds on our long history of providing highly regarded animation education at UCA Farnham, and will provide you with a strong interdisciplinary approach to the animated form. Read more

Our MA Animation course builds on our long history of providing highly regarded animation education at UCA Farnham, and will provide you with a strong interdisciplinary approach to the animated form. We offer a dynamic environment in which you'll be able to engage with the animated form in traditional 2D and 3D stop motion, as well as the theoretical aspects of the discipline.

This course attracts students from around the world and has a rich cultural mix. You'll approach animation as a broad discipline and be encouraged to engage with experimental and speculative approaches to making through a range of projects, which will culminate in the production of a high quality animated film.

MA Animation at our Farnham campus has a long history of nurturing creative, innovative and challenging animators and has an incomparable alumni. This course will support you in developing practical skills while fostering a high standard of diverse critical approaches.

On this course you'll be encouraged to take risks, explore and develop your interests, and exchange, debate and discuss your ideas. You'll be expected to produce original and exciting films during your time with us, and explore the wide range of creative possibilities of frame-by -frame filmmaking. We'll encourage you to be open to these possibilities and to develop new skills, as well as building on your existing ones.

Your studies will be supported by internationally renowned staff on a course that is proud to have no house style. We'll encourage you to explore your own natural inclinations - whether narrative, experimental, documentary or fiction. This will enable you to establish yourself as a rounded professional who can formulate ideas in a sophisticated framework.

Our course uses a wide range of technical resources that cover the whole spectrum of contemporary animation practice, from traditional drawn and stop motion animation to the latest digitally generated imagery.

Part-time students are normally taught on a Wednesday but sometimes field trips, study visits or other events take place on other days of the week. You should check before enrolling if you have concerns about the days your course will be taught on.

Industry Partners

Our course actively encourages you to gain industry experience through a wide variety of approaches. These include work experience, internships, studio visits, commissions and competitions and entry into major film festivals.

We've built an extensive network of industry connections, giving us access to high-profile visiting lecturers, and to commissions, competitions and exciting work placement opportunities.

Our industry links include:

-Aardman Animations

-STUDIO AKA

-Passion Pictures

-Mackinnon & Saunders

-Nexus

-Framestore

-Cinesite

-The Mill

-ustwo

-Stylorouge

-Blink Productions

-ITV.

Careers

Animation is one of the most significant and rapidly expanding media fields. An enormous range of career opportunities exist in animation. These range from the traditional techniques of animation storytelling, drawn to model and CGI animation.

Typical careers in the industry include:

-Directors

-Producers

-Animators (in commercials, films, broadcast, online media and games)

-Editors

-Character designers

-Production designers

-Pre-vis artists

-Compositors

-Storyboard artists

-Post-production.

As one of the pre-eminent animation courses in the world, our sought after alumni have landed many exciting, high-profile roles across the industry - including positions as:

-Animators

-Directors

-Producers

-Designers

-Model makers

-Storyboard artists

-CG animators

-CG riggers.

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Visit our Postgraduate Virtual Media Space to find out more about our courses, see what it's like to study at UCA and gain access to our campus virtual tours.



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-The MA Animation degree allows you to develop your 2D, 3D or VFX Digital Animation skills and knowledge to a more advanced level. Read more
-The MA Animation degree allows you to develop your 2D, 3D or VFX Digital Animation skills and knowledge to a more advanced level.
-You will develop a personal portfolio in approach, style and vision that looks to the forefront of current practices.
-The course allows you to extend your theoretical and contextual understanding of animation, its audiences and media culture.
-You will become familiar with professional-level enquiry, research, creative invention, project planning and management practices.
-The course is taught within a multi-disciplinary environment of discussion and exploration of ideas.

Why choose this course?

This award enables you to develop creative practical skills in a range of digital processes that are used in Animation and related fields. Within this course you can choose to focus in a particular area of animation such as VFX, 2D animation or 3D animation or even combine the areas to create new forms and ideas from the fusion of techniques and styles.

Within 2D animation you can look at traditional animation techniques and blend these skills and approaches with new digital media to form new content and formats. You will explore the rich heritage of 2D animation and the possibilities of experimentation, both in form and content, that traditional animation has actively encouraged.

3D digital animation has become the most popular form of animated imagery over the past decade,used by more experimental practitioners who question the appearance, form and uses it has in present-day media. In this form, you will challenge your preconceptions of what 2D or 3D animation can do, which helps you become an innovator in the field. You will have the opportunity to explore the range of possibilities available to the practitioner, mixing technical knowledge of the subject with the creative freedom that an understanding of the theory and context of new media practices brings.

The postgraduate Animation programme involves an induction, seminars and social events for students and staff, allowing you to be part of a friendly and supportive postgraduate community of film-makers, musicians and professionals working in new media. Senior research staff and internationally renowned professionals work with postgraduate students, helping to develop original and challenging work. Your study includes ways of thinking about the cultural resonance of your work, the audiences it is made for, the nature of creativity and the role of the cultural industries in a modern knowledge economy.

Through your study you will develop a range of project management skills and an ability to identify and manage your own learning. You will consider the role of enterprise opportunities in commercial, professional and social environments, as well as specialist modules in your chosen discipline area, the programme includes shared modules with other postgraduate awards in the School of Creative Arts. This structure promotes cross-discipline discussion and maintains the enthusiasm and focus of discipline specialists. It enables you to develop key transferable skills of postgraduate study grounded in activities that have currency, relevance and application for your future career and further academic study.

Careers

Particular emphasis is given to providing you with the skills necessary to further your career as an animator. The course is designed to help you understand and work within the contemporary media environment. Particular attention is given to helping you acquire enquiry and information handling skills, enterprise skills in the development and presentation of ideas, in communicating in the spoken and written word, and addressing particular audiences.

Teaching methods

On this programme teaching and learning emphasises enquiry led project work, developing the kind of independence and autonomy that is appropriate for postgraduate education. Lectures, seminars and other discussions bring students together in multi-disciplinary groups where ideas are shared, challenged, developed. Workshops and other activities develop specific discipline centered skills and understandings while tutorials develop individual study trajectories and responses to assignment tasks and briefs. Much of the time students are engaged in self-managed independent study, undertaking enquiries and research, developing skills, inventing and developing ideas, realizing project outcomes, exploring the cultural resonance of their work.

All students on the PG Media programme engage in an interdisciplinary project as a part of their MA study, giving them an opportunity to work with students from other disciplines in an experimental and creative way.

Work Placement

There are work related learning opportunities on this course, all students complete a live external brief as part of their coursework.

Structures

Core Modules
-Creative Economies
-Media Discourses
-Practice 1: Media
-Practice 2: Media
-Research and Enquiry

Optional
-Creative Economies (Online)
-Research and Enquiry (Online)

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We're taking 3D visualisation beyond its existing boundaries. Traditionally recognised as exclusive to the games entertainment industry, we'll also give you the expertise to use 3D visualisation in a variety of other sectors around the world. Read more
We're taking 3D visualisation beyond its existing boundaries. Traditionally recognised as exclusive to the games entertainment industry, we'll also give you the expertise to use 3D visualisation in a variety of other sectors around the world.

We've created this course so that busy professionals can benefit from developing interactive 3D visualisation skills in the space of just a few months. You might be an architect, product designer, web developer, engineer, or games designer, working behind a drawing board or in the studio.

We're dedicated to ensuring our course is relevant to your job - that's why we provide you with a learning environment that allows you to adapt and develop projects you are already working on in your current role.

You could be creating an interactive 3D visualisation of a building enabling viewers to walk through; developing a virtual product to showcase on the internet; building characters for an interactive game; or creating 3D analysis to help show complex business data. The possibilities are endless.

Whether it's helping archaeologists visualise and bring a site to life, assisting councils on new buildings and developments, or allowing surgeons to explain an operation to a patient, 3D visualisation and its potential for interaction is now a powerful tool across many industries.

You'll build your skills in 3D modelling - both constructional and organic - lighting, camera techniques, rendering, material application, animation and editing, learning how to adapt existing software and understand how different software interact with each other.

You'll also meet like-minded students from different industries, allowing you to debate current issues and realise the potential for 3D visualisation and interactive environments skills across many sectors. You'll join students from different professional environments, share ideas and benefit from alternative insights.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including computer science

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/3D_visualisation

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

From creating a 3D visualisation for a salesperson to pitch, or an opportunity for a customer to interact with a product before they buy, your skillset will enable you to make an impact across different sectors of industry. You could get involved in medical imaging and simulation, games prototyping, architectural and archaeological visualisation and walk throughs, advertising, virtual environments, educational material, or scientific research. Your expertise in interactive 3D visualisation will open up a number of doors.

- Architecture
- Engineering
- Games entertainment
- Product development

Careers Advice:
Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers service - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

The diversity of our teaching team is testimony to the increasing opportunities that interactive 3D visualisation offers. You'll benefit from the experience of designers, technologists, engineers, high-profile digital artists like Rory McLeish, and visual effects and compositing experts.

Another stand-out feature of our course is the opportunity to enhance your expertise in interactive 3D visualisation within such a short space of time. It's ideal if you're a busy professional looking to progress your skills without having to commit to years of study.

Library

Our award-winning libraries are always there when you need them - they are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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On this course you will experience a broad range of skills and techniques relating to a range of different areas within the animation and digital effects industries before choosing a specific area to specialise in. Read more

On this course you will experience a broad range of skills and techniques relating to a range of different areas within the animation and digital effects industries before choosing a specific area to specialise in. You then develop your skills and knowledge in that chosen area to become a multi-talented animation and digital effects artist.

You are supported in the production of creatively driven work to a professional standard and encouraged to challenge boundaries and think in original ways. You develop intellectual and critical approaches to creative tasks and production processes in animation and digital effects. The course provides an environment where you are enabled to work flexibly and independently within the diverse media industries.

We have up-to-date industry standard animation and digital compositing software and facilities allowing you to build your professional skill set throughout the course. You develop practical and conceptual skills in animation production through real world scenarios. You make and complete animations and digital effects to a high professional standard and develop a portfolio of work that showcases your skills to future employers.

Course structure

Postgraduate certificate modules

  • 3D fundamentals
  • Acquisition and digital effects 1
  • Observational drawing
  • Character animation

Postgraduate diploma CORE modules

  • Advanced animation techniques
  • Acquisition and digital effects 2
  • Communicating research

Postgraduate diploma OPTION modules

  • Concept art
  • Asset creation

Masters modules

  • Masters animation project

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation

Employability

Careers exist in filmmaking professions, where everything from set designing to cinematography now involves or is entirely completed by computer-generated images, animation and digital compositing – all techniques you can develop on this course.

Continuing expansion of this area offers exciting and challenging career opportunities in • film and television production • game development • motion graphics • web content creation.



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This course will enable students with some experience of 3D computer graphics to develop and enhance their abilities in the skills required by the computer animation and visual effects industries. Read more
This course will enable students with some experience of 3D computer graphics to develop and enhance their abilities in the skills required by the computer animation and visual effects industries. It is one of a suite of digital media courses that enable you to study professional digital media practice in a studio environment and work as part of an interdisciplinary team with students from across the full programme. Through a student-centred project-based curriculum, you work to develop specialist skills such as character animation, character rigging, effects animation, modelling, texturing and lighting.

Key features
-This course has been developed in consultation with our industry panel, which includes representatives from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, DreamWorks and Samsung Design Europe. We are also an active member of TIGA, the games industry's representative body, and the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA).
-The courses have a project-based curriculum where collaborative interdisciplinary teamwork is encouraged.
-The industry-focused learning experience enables you to hone your specialist skills in a professional context. Work placements, real projects, internships and an industry mentoring scheme will also prepare you for entry into the fast-growing and highly competitive digital media arena.

What will you study?

You will learn clean modelling techniques, principles of animation, lighting, shading, texturing, rendering and compositing. You will create computer animation assets, both alone and in teams, using industry-standard production techniques that stimulate a professional environment of collaboration to deliver a product on time. You will also work as part of a team comprising students from different media disciplines, undertaking projects that have previously included use of brain–computer interface systems, computer vision and optical stereoscopic 3D, and you will learn how to present yourself to potential employers through your professional presence and portfolio.

Assessment

Development of a portfolio of computer graphic work (including 3D assets, textures and animations), presentations, essays.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.
-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Modules
-Creation and Animation
-Perfecting the Look
-Digital Studio Practice
-Media Specialist Practice
-Digital Media Final Project

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Computer animation has revolutionised the world of film, special effects and computer games. Read more

Computer animation has revolutionised the world of film, special effects and computer games. This course will help you acquire the skills needed to work in a number of areas where computer animation is applied, including films, animated features, computer games, television production, commercials, illustration, scientific visualisation, flight simulation, virtual environments, architectural visualisations and interactive media.

We aim to give you an exceptional learning experience by creating a professional studio environment where you will learn best practice and the techniques found in industry.

You’ll learn the fundamentals of computer graphics, which will give you an excellent grasp of the subject matter and the transferable skills that you will need in your career. You’ll be provided with your own workstation which is accessible 24/7,and will learn through a combination of mentoring, tutorials and lectures.

Throughout the year industry practitioners deliver a variety of master classes relevant to the subject area. Group projects will give you the opportunity to collaborate with students from other Master’s courses, providing a realistic setting to discover what it’s like working with other creative and technical people.

You'll be taught the best practice and techniques found in the industry and will receive accreditation from the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA)



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IN BRIEF. Study at our MediaCityUK campus in our custom built, industry standard animation suite. Combine elective modules to suit your specialism. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Study at our MediaCityUK campus in our custom built, industry standard animation suite
  • Combine elective modules to suit your specialism
  • Benefit from the expertise of industry practitioners who are directly involved in course delivery
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills and understanding of animation production, 3D-animation systems and related technologies.

During your time with us, you will have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice by collaborating on projects with other MA students studying across related disciplines.

TEACHING

The teaching of this course is comprised of seminars, workshops in storytelling and production practice, study of broadcast and editorial guidelines, independent research, collaborative project work and film screenings.

The aim is to support your learning with an effective blend of theory and creative practice and to encourage ownership of your learning through self-directed projects.

ASSESSMENT

The vocational nature of the course lends itself to coursework assessment. This typically includes the design and production of animation or graphic products requiring technical and creative skills. Technical reports and case studies form the assessment of underpinning modules.

Methods of assessment depend on the module and elective pathway you are taking.

They include:

  • Creative projects portfolios and productions
  • Live briefs
  • Critical reflections
  • Presentations
  • Essay

Each module has its own assessment package and this is structured appropriately to reflect the module content. Practical-based modules are assessed by project and a reflective critical evaluation.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates from the programme have gone on to work in animation production at companies including Framestore, London, and Weearemi, Manchester. The programme has strong links with industry leaders, including the BBC, ITV, and regional and national media companies.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

To develop your skills and employability, there are opportunities on our Media Production courses to work on live briefs and gain valuable work experience. Previous students have worked with:

  • CBBC
  • Framestore
  • BBC Writersroom
  • BBC Natural History Unit
  • Nine Lives Media production company
  • Sumners Post Production Facility House
  • BBC Fast Train, BBC Academy, BBC Red Nose Day and BBC Turn Up the Talent
  • Sheffield Documentary Festival, Salford Media Festival, One World Media Festival

Plus the following prominent speakers have delivered guest lectures:

  • Sir David Attenborough
  • Joe Godwin (Director of BBC Childrens)
  • Steve Hewlett (Media commentator / Guardian Columnist)
  • Tony Palmer (Documentary filmmaker)
  • Jackie Priddle (Aardman Animation Producer)
  • BBC Stepping Out and Audience Research Team


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The spread of the Internet and digital media led to an increase of international production and distribution of content made in animation, advertising, TV series and specials, feature films, but also short films and docu-fiction. Read more

The spread of the Internet and digital media led to an increase of international production and distribution of content made in animation, advertising, TV series and specials, feature films, but also short films and docu-fiction.

Significant is also the growing demand in the fields of games, animation productions cross and transmedia, special effects for movies and television productions. The Master in Animation Design offers the possibility to fit into one of these professional sectors: in independent production companies, research and design consultancies, service agencies, internal structures of broadcasters, specialized departments of publishing houses.

Career opportunities - The Animation Designer can fit into the professional field of animation production, cross and transmedia. The Master guarantees a highly qualifying expertise for profiles such as Concept Artist, Character Designer, Ambient Designer, Storyboard Artist; Character Animator 2D; Character Animator 3D; Production Assistant; Compositor.



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This programme is the first taught Masters programme in medical visualisation in the UK. Offered jointly by the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow School of Art, it combines actual cadaveric dissection with 3D digital reconstruction, interaction and visualisation. Read more
This programme is the first taught Masters programme in medical visualisation in the UK. Offered jointly by the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow School of Art, it combines actual cadaveric dissection with 3D digital reconstruction, interaction and visualisation.

Why this programme

◾You will examine human anatomy and reconstruct it in a real-time 3D environment for use in education, simulation, and training.
◾You will have access to the largest stereo 3D lab in Europe, and its state-of-the-art facilities such as laser scanner (for 3D data acquisition), stereo 3D projection, full body motion capture system, haptic devices and ambisonic sound.
◾You will also have access to the Laboratory of Human Anatomy at the University of Glasgow, one of the largest in Europe.
◾The programme has excellent industry connections through research and commercial projects and there are possible internship opportunities. You will benefit from guest lectures by practitioners, researchers and experts from industry.
◾This programme is accredited by the Institute of Medical Illustrators.

Programme structure

You will split your time between the Glasgow School of Art (Digital Design Studio) and the University of Glasgow (Laboratory of Human Anatomy). The programme is structured into three stages.

Stage one: digital technologies applied to medical visualisation (delivered by the Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art)

Core courses
◾3D modelling and animation
◾Applications in medical visualisation
◾Volumetric and 3D surface visualisation
◾Core research skills for postgraduates.

Stage two: human anatomy (delivered by the Laboratory of Human Anatomy at the University of Glasgow).

Core courses
◾Introduction to anatomy
◾Structure and function of the human body
◾Cadaveric dissection techniques.

In stage three you will complete a self-directed final project, supported throughout with individual supervision.

Career prospects

Career opportunities exist within the commercial healthcare device manufacturer, the public and private healthcare sectors, as well as in academic medical visualisation research. Students with medical, biomedical, anatomy, or health professional backgrounds will be able to gain 3D visualisation skills that will enhance their portfolio of abilities; students with computer science or 3D graphics background will be involved in the design and development of healthcare related products through digital technology, eg diagnostic and clinical applications, creating content involving medical visualisation, simulation, cardiac pacemakers, and biomechanically related products for implantation, such as knee, hip and shoulder joint replacements.

Here are some examples of roles and companies for our graduates:
◾Interns, Clinical Assistants and Clinical Researchers at Toshiba Medical Visualisation Systems
◾Research Prosector (GU)
◾3D printing industry
◾Demonstrators in Anatomy
◾PhD studies - medical history, medical visualisation
◾Medical School
◾Dental School
◾Digital Designer at Costello Medical
◾Lead Designer at Open Bionics
◾Founder of Axial Medical Printing Ltd
◾Digital Technician at University of Leeds
◾Digital Project Intern at RCPSG
◾Researcher and Factual Specialist at BBC
◾Graduate Teaching Assistants
◾Freelance Medical Illustration
◾Numerous successful placements on PhD programmes (medical visualisation, anatomy, anatomy education, medical humanities)
◾MBChB, BDS courses

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This programme is ideal if you have established technical and/or creative skills and wish to develop academic or commercial practice. Read more
This programme is ideal if you have established technical and/or creative skills and wish to develop academic or commercial practice. Focus on the practical skills and knowledge required to participate in design and initiate discussions at the highest level.

Course details

This course responds to a specific industry niche, capitalising on the industry and academic experience of our staff members.You focus heavily on specialised computer animation and visual effects practice. We have extensive facilities to support this work – both software and hardware. Staff have technical expertise in maths, computing and Linux, and the creativity to help you produce convincing animation and visual effects that look great. You study four core modules in pairs and negotiate your personal learning goals for each module with your tutor. Topics can include:
-Compositing
-Animation
-Particle and fluid dynamics
-Python scripting and maths
-Motion capture
-Matte painting
-Set extensions
-Motion tracking
-Rigging

What you study

Block 1
-2D Tools and Techniques
-3D Tools and Techniques

Block 2
-Effects Animation
-VFX Industry Practice

And
-Major VFX Project

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

You undertake live projects guided by industry practice and you discuss and negotiate with your tutors what area(s) of investigation you wish to explore

Your learning is assessed by individual coursework. This includes practical implementations and reports which demonstrate a critical evaluation of the practical process, techniques and end product, plus supporting evidence of research into specified areas.

You present your work to your peers and tutors within lab-based sessions to receive both formative and summative feedback.

We provide detailed marking criteria with each assessment. Due to the practical nature of this programme, we allocate more marks to the practical work than the report.

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Digital FX are everywhere – from low budget independent movies and online digital content, to commercials, television programmes, games and Hollywood blockbusters. Read more
Digital FX are everywhere – from low budget independent movies and online digital content, to commercials, television programmes, games and Hollywood blockbusters.

-Extensive, practical training on set, in a vfx and animation studio and in cutting-edge digital post suites.
-Work with the latest software applications and digital camera technology.
-Tutored by artists, technicians and supervisors currently working in the Industry.
-Shared modules during Year 1 across essential 2D and 3D vfx/sfx techniques.
-Specialise in Year 2 in either Compositing - Design and produce digital vfx for multiple projects or Colour - Online and colour grade multiple projects or CG 3D - Design and create 3D cg vfx for multiple projects.
-A unique bridge to the post production and vfx industries.
-A Creative Skillset-supported course.
-Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.

We welcome EU/EEA Students. Those accepted onto courses starting in 2018 will have their fees guaranteed at the UK rate for both years of the course. Postgraduate students can apply for a loan to help with their studies via the Student Loans Company Loans. A £ 10,000 loan is available to contribute to course and living costs. The Post Graduate Loan is only open to EU/EEA and UK Students who normally live in England. It is not currently available to Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland Students. Find out more here: https://nfts.co.uk/fees-funding/funding-guide

COURSE OVERVIEW

This course commences in January each year. During this extremely practical modular course, you will spend a lot of time learning techniques “on set”, in addition to learning in front of a computer. You will work closely with students from all the other NFTS MA disciplines, creating 2D/3D VFX, CG 3D FX or Colour Grading and Onlining the entire production, on a diverse range of NFTS film and television projects – many of which go on to become international award-winners.

This course shares a common first year, allowing you to specialise in the second year in one of three areas:

COLOUR: For those who aspire to be:
-Digital Film Colourists (Baselight/Nucoda/Scratch)
-Online Editors (AVID|DS/Symphony/Smoke)

COMPOSITING: For those who aspire to be:
-VFX Artists/ 2D/3D Compositors (Nuke/Flame/Adobe CS6)

CG: For those who aspire to be:
-CG 3D Artists
-CG TDs (Maya modelling/lighting/texturing/rendering)

Ultimately the course will provide the backbone for a career in 2D VFX or 3D VFX or Colour Grading/Online editing.

The NFTS holds a unique position within the film and television industries, whereby it can offer an invaluable “Bridge to Industry” that attempts to help graduates establish themselves in a new career. At the time of writing, all the previous Digital FX graduates are in employment from Soho to São Paulo. Some are 3D CG TDs at Framestore, Double Negative and MPC in London, others SFX producers at Millennium FX, others 2D/3D compositors at The Mill, Cinesite and The Senate, others working in software development and as product specialists at Filmlight, Image Systems, Assimilate and The Foundry, and others as freelance conform editors and colourists.

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