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Northern Ireland's vibrant animation industry and community make it a highly desirable destination for study, networking and career advancement. This MA builds on the success of our BDes Hons Animation programme, which is already impacting local and global industry with graduates being honoured at the Prime Time Emmy Awards for their Outstanding Special Visual Effects on the HBO series Game of Thrones.

The course focuses on the three core components of animated production: Narrative, Character and Performance. You will develop your skills in narrative construction, character development, animation and advanced production techniques, allowing you to explore the unique opportunities and challenges computer animation bring to storytelling. Modules will cover topics such as Timing for Animation, Design Thinking, Character & Performance and Animation Production. You will also get to develop a body of work specific to your chosen area of animation production.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a degree (with at least 2:2 Honours standard) or equivalent or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior learning.

The specific requirements for admission are detailed below:

i) Applicants should normally hold a good honours degree in any Animation, Computer Science, Engineering, Design practice, Visual Arts or cognate subject from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council of National Academic Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard.

ii) Applicants may be interviewed along with the presentation of a body of work that can take the form of, but is not limited to, a portfolio and/or showreel and proposal. Applicants must be able to satisfy the panel at interview that their work is of a standard that will allow them to deal with the intellectual and practical rigours of the programme.

iii) Applications are welcomed from diverse backgrounds however where there is a discipline shift the applicant must represent a coherent rationale for this shift and evidence prerequisite knowledge, skills and experience.

The programme is devised specifically to support continuing lifelong learning for professions in a rapidly changing field. Therefore APL (Accreditation for Prior Learning) will be considered as evidence of exceptional ability appropriate to recruitment to the programme. Applications from professionals with extensive professional, industrial and/or commercial experience but lacking recent or higher level academic qualifications will be encouraged. APL (Advanced Prior Learning) will be considered as evidence of exceptional ability appropriate to the course.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Duration

Attendance

Attendance is available in part-time and full-time modes. Please contact us for more information.

Careers or further progression

The course is designed to prepare you for a career in a range of animation related fields such as TV and feature film animation and games animation. Recent graduates have found employment with animation studios such as Sixteen South, Paper Owl Films and Jam Media.

Further enquiries

Contact
Admissions
Christine Harbinson
T: +44 (0)28 9536 7202
E: cj.harbinson@ulster.ac.uk

Sarah Dargie
E: s.dargie@ulster.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Semester One

Timing for Animation

Students develop their core skills in animation, developing a deeper understanding of timing and animation principles in action.

Design Thinking

Students explore both contemporary and contextual issues around design, with a focus on challenge and disruptive design behaviour.

Semester Two

Character & Performance

Narrative builds characters whose performances drive the story. Students will develop a deeper understanding of acting, empathising with their character and building a relationship with their character's audience.

Animation Production

Students will develop a broader understanding of computer animation pipelines and their implementation in a commercial production environment. From concept through animation, compositing and editing, students will develop the skills needed to see their projects through to completion.

Semester Three

Masters Project

Students will develop a body of work specific to their chosen area of animation production.

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 5 March 2020
Register at: ulster.ac.uk/pg-information-events

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