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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    12 Months

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    £7,300

  • Last Updated

    07 November 2018

Course content

Overview

The MSc in Animation & VFX is a blend of creative and technical visual storytelling. We focus on teaching the professional production pipelines that you will utilise in this industry. You will engage with high-end production techniques and values, and you will create a narrative based film, showreel/breakdown reel, as part of your final expo. We also regard research, development and intellectual rigour very highly. You will investigate your practice, and reflect on your own creative journey through the duration of the course.

We have great connections to the animation, film, television, video-games and comics industries, and many of our graduates have gone on to work around the world, for some of the top studios and franchises. Other students have pursued further academic advancement, by continuing on to a PhD or work in education.

With the increasing appetite for fantastic stories and images there has never been a better opportunity for animators, artists and designers to develop new ways of communicating different stories. Using 2D and 3D computer animation, practitioners are shaping our knowledge and understanding in areas as diverse as digital visual effects, medical imaging, architecture, environmental design, product design and film making.

Funded Places Available

The University of Dundee is pleased to offer a limited number of fully-funded places to eligible students for this course. This is an initiative from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) designed to support key sectors in the Scottish economy to develop a high-level skills base.

Only those UK/EU students who have been resident in Scotland or the EU for the preceding three years and not for the purposes of study are eligible for this funding.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

This course relies strongly on the idea of self-managed study, with students working autonomously. However, help and support is provided by our expert staff throughout your studies.

Throughout the programme and on completion students enter their work in national and international competitions and animation festivals in the UK and overseas. Developing the research potential and impact of our postgraduate students is integral to our vision for research. Research focused students are encouraged to participate in research conferences, presentations, colloquia and networks. Guidance is given for those who wish to continue to PhD.

How you will be assessed

  • course work
  • team project work
  • exploratory practical work
  • finalised practical work
  • written work

What you will study

The Masters is taught over three semesters. Core modules and optional modules provide a balanced curriculum. Masters students need to attain 180 credits which comprise seven modules, as follows:

Semester 1

One week at the beginning of the first semester is dedicated to induction and diagnostic testing to establish where support is required, especially for international students.

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design operates a reading week during week 6 of the first semester. Reading week is designated as five days where there are no timetabled taught classes. However, all students are expected to carry out either assigned work or self-directed work during this period. All University facilities are open during reading week with students expected to attend the University as usual.

Semester 2

Semester 3

You can choose to leave with a postgraduate diploma with 120 credits, or a postgraduate certificate with 60 credits.

Fees & Funding

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.


Visit the MSc Animation & VFX page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

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