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About the course

The MA Animation Production sees observation, drawing and an understanding of the traditional principles of animation as fundamental, but these are critically contextualised in relation to technology, history, theory and professional/studio practice.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will usually have a 2:1 or equivalent undergraduate level qualification in Art, Design, Media or Performance and will be interested in experimentation and innovative practice within a structured framework leading to Masters outcomes.

International applicants must also hold a relevant English Language qualification.


2020/21 Home/EU fees £8,000 (full-time) £4000 (part-time)

2020/21 International fees £18,500

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Student Profile(s)

Dr Joe Sheeham

Joe graduated from the MA Animation course in 2010, and completed his Doctorate in 2016. He now works at Hull School of Art and Design.

“I had looked at a few other MA Animation courses but the MA at the AUB was the only one that would give me the time and space to build my own sets. Upon attending an interview with Professor Paul Ward and Professor Peter Parr I was convinced the AUB was the right place for me due to their knowledge and enthusiasm for animation.

"I really enjoyed my time at AUB. The campus was going through a period of change and it was exciting to be there knowing that the place was vibrant and developing. The course itself was well run and all the facilities and equipment I needed were provided for me. Paul and Peter really aided my development and devoted a lot of time to me and my work. The university and tutors can provide all the facilities you need but without the drive to work hard you won’t succeed.

"I went straight from the MA to the PhD. The level of research and critical thinking required for the MA is a real step up from a BA course and helped prepare me for the next step to the PhD.

"As previously mentioned I moved on to the PhD course at the AUB after my MA. After completing that course I got a job working at Hull School of Art and Design on the Film-Making and Creative Media programme. I also lecture on the Fine Art course. They are very practical courses so my job involves some lecturing/seminars and also workshops. For the film course this mainly involves production design and the construction of models.

"I was attracted to the job on the film course because I could utilise my model making skills learned over the years making stop-frame sets. The best part of the job is being in a creative art school environment and engaging with student artwork/films.

"My one piece of advice for the next generation of creatives would be; turn up everyday, work hard and don’t be afraid to spend 10 hours thinking for 1 hour of practical application – thinking about art is work.”

Marika Aakala

What originally attracted you to studying the MA at AUB?

"I applied to the MA Animation Production course because of AUB’s good reputation, and because of the discussions and advice given by Professor Paul Ward during my application process. I was also attracted to the idea that this course was only one year long, which meant I could start my dream job within a year."

What were the most important lessons you learnt?

“I learned the true value of one to one feedback and group critique. Getting and giving feedback was incredibly important during my studies and I still remember every piece of advice I received. I also learned the importance of following my own passion and interest, while also collaborating with other students and learning together. "

How did the course prepare you for entering the creative world after AUB?

“The support for building my network within the animation industry and the support from Professor Paul Ward for getting a work placement in stop motion animation feature production, helped me to create invaluable connections and to understand the innate characteristics of stop motion animation productions. The way the MA units were designed and lectures arranged gave me an opportunity to design my own studies in a way that helped me to reach my professional goals."

Can you explain a little about your career journey since graduating… what jobs have you had and where? What does your job involve?

“Since May 2016 I have been working at Aardman Features, in Bristol. I work at Aardman’s Puppet department with a wonderful group of talented and dedicated people. The first film I worked on was called Early Man, directed by Nick Park. I started my work before I graduated and I completed my MA studies while working at Aardman. I started as a Trainee Puppet Maker and have since moved on to another feature film within the same organisation. My title is now Junior Puppet Maker. I make puppets, I do puppet maintenance in the studio, and I collaborate with other puppet makers, my team leader, head of department, puppet co-ordinator, animators, assistant animators, producer, and the director."

What’s your one piece of advice for creatives?
“Remember that everything is possible. Be humble and persistent, listen to all the advice you are given and never give up. And you are never too old to study and follow your dreams!”


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