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Animation & VFX

Overview
* This course is undergoing academic validation. Please note that the information displayed here is subject to change as part of this process.

2D & 3D Animation Production

Summary
Northern Ireland's vibrant animation industry and community make it a highly desirable destination for study, networking and career advancement. This programme focuses on the three core components of animated production: Narrative, Character and Performance. Students will develop their skills in narrative construction, character development, animation and advanced production techniques, allowing them to explore the unique opportunities and challenges 2D and 3D computer animation bring to storytelling.

About
Building on the success of the BDes Hons Animation programme, which is already impacting local and global industry with graduates being honoured at the Prime Time Emmy Awards for their "Contribution to the Emmy Award winning achievement—Outstanding Special Visual Effects" on the HBO series "Game of Thrones", the MSc Animation programme aims to further establish Ulster University's Belfast School of Art as the regional, national and international centre of excellence in CGI (Computer Generated Imagery), Animation for education, research and industry.

Entry requirements

Entry conditions
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University's General Entrance 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 will 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

Career options
This programme is designed to prepare students for a career in a range of animation related fields such as TV & Feature film animation and games animation.

Further enquiries

Contact
Course Director: Conánn FitzPatrick Alvarez-Casado
E: conann.fitzpatrick@ulster.ac.uk

Subjects taught

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

Animation Narratives
In a rapidly changing media environment, opportunities are developing for the new narratives and audiences who inhabit our interactive world of animation. Students will advance their understanding of story development and their alignment to changing markets.

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2018.

Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University's online application system.

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