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Course content

Our MA Animation is an intensive, practice-based programme which will develop your range of skills in animated performance to allow you to meet industry demands and developments. At the same time, opportunities for enterprise and academic research make a broad range of outcomes available to you.

Course Details

This programme has a strong focus on preparing you for working in the industry as a 3D character animator. It has been designed by staff with a wealth of industry experience and an in-depth knowledge of character animation for film, television and games.

There are three routes you can choose from to gain an MA Animation:

  • full-time - 2 years with advanced practice (September start)
  • full-time - 1 year (September start) or 16 months (January start)
  • part-time - 2 years.

* Subject to University approval

Course structure

Core modules

  • Acting for Animation
  • Body Mechanics
  • Creatures
  • Facial Animation and Dialogue
  • Masters Project: Animation
  • Research Methods for Computing
  • Virtual Reality

Advanced practice

  • Internship

Modules offered may vary.

* Subject to University approval

How you learn

You learn about concepts and methods primarily through keynote lectures and tutorials using case studies and examples. Lectures include presentations from guest speakers from industry. Critical reflection is key to successful problem solving and essential to the creative process. You develop your own reflective practice at an advanced level, then test and assess your solutions against criteria that you develop in the light of your research.

* Subject to University approval

Work placement

Advanced practice

There are a number of internship options, including:

Vocational internship – spend one semester working full-time in industry or on placement in the University. We have close links with a range of national and international companies who will offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we cannot guarantee internships, we provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

Research internship – develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting. Ideal for those who are interested in a career in research or academia.

Career opportunities

We prepare you for a career in industry. In addition to your taught classes, we create opportunities for you to meet and network with our industry partners through events such as our ExpoSeries, which showcases student work to industry. ExpoTees is the pinnacle of the ExpoSeries with over 100 businesses from across the UK coming to the campus to meet our exceptional students, with a view to recruitment.

* Subject to University approval


Visit the Animation MA page on the Teesside University website for more details!

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