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University of Hertfordshire: Animation

InstitutionUniversity of Hertfordshire
Department Film and Media
Web http://www.herts.ac.uk
Email ask@herts.ac.uk
Telephone 01707 284800
Study type Taught

Summary

Why MA Animation at the University of Hertfordshire?

  • Excellent reputation: Ranked 1st as the Best Animation School in the UK (7th worldwide - Rookies World School Rankings® 2020).  

  • Employment prospects: Our animation students work as animators with organisations including Industrial Light & Magic, Creative Assembly, and Blue Zoo. 

  • Industry connections: As part of the course all students complete a live external agency brief with previous students working with organisations including National Poetry Day, and Promise. 

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 on 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.

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