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MA Animation

Course Description

Key fact

From the MA Animation you will have the opportunity to learn your craft from internationally renowned practitioners. We have partnerships with the region’s animation industry - including Aardman Aanimations - and students have the opportunity to get feedback on their films from leading industry professionals.


This Skillset accredited MA Animation course will help you develop storytelling and craft skills to allow you to gain entry level jobs in the animation industry.

Based in Bristol, a global centre of excellence in animation, film and television production, it attracts students from around the world. Bristol is the place to study animation, home to Aardman Animations and other internationally renowned animation companies.

The MA Animation programme is taught via practical workshops, a rolling programme of guest lecturers and industry speakers and there are opportunities for work experience within the industry.

MA Animation students also get to work collaboratively with students on other postgraduate programmes, including MA Documentary and Features and MA Wildlife Film-making and with external organisations including the BBC, the BFI and composers from the Royal Academy of Music.

Engaged and Industry-led teaching

Practitioners from Bristol's leading animation studios support both the development and delivery of this course, offering professional advice and guidance through workshops and master classes. You will also have the opportunity to be mentored one-to-one by industry professionals.

From the MA Animation course you will learn from the best in the business, gaining industry insight as well as work experience opportunities and the chance to attend networking events and screenings.

A strong focus on long term employability, ensures you graduate as a multi-skilled lifelong learner, with confidence, connections and a desire to further develop and enhance your practice.

For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

Learning and Teaching

This course will enable you to:
- Develop existing and acquire new practical craft based skills, increase your range of technical and production skills and experience.
- Work as part of a production team to develop and produce a short animated film.
- Undertake relevant research into industry, the roles within production suited to your own creative and professional ambitions.
- Take on a creative role within collaborative and live projects.
- Improve your presentation, communication, production management and organisation skills.
- Benefit from the opportunities generated by the University's links to the animation industry through work experience, networking events and screenings while gaining professional contacts.

Study facilities

Studying at Bower Ashton offers an excellent base for students within the exciting City Campus that connects teaching and learning with some of the best creative and cultural organisations in Bristol. Bower Ashton houses the main library supporting the creative and cultural industries, student support services, as well as the extensive resource base that make up the departmental facilities and resources. You will also have the opportunity of studying and accessing facilities at other sites within City Campus. This may include attending lectures, including guest lectures, and seminars at Arnolfini and Watershed in Bristol City Centre.

The course is based in industry standard animation studios which are equipped with high-end Apple Macs and PCs with industry standard software and DVD authoring facilities as well as state-of-the-art 2D and 3D model animation equipment. You also have access to the Department's recently upgraded Media studios, EPI Centre, 3D Centre, Print fabrication facilities and newly extended library. Find out more: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whyuwe/fantasticfacilities

Open Events

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx

Visit the MA Animation page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

(Student Profile)


I have especially enjoyed how open the tutors are, which has been one of the most important aspects of the course for me and allowed me to step out of my comfort zone. I embarked on my final project without knowing where it would take me but the techincal skills I gained during the course and the support of my tutors gave me the confidence to pursue it.


Entry Requirements

See our web site for further information

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