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Animation

Full-time Digital media

Explore, experiment and innovate in animation practice — learning the creative, technical and professional skills you need to produce high-quality, distinctive animation pieces.


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What is the fee? Home: £9,340 for the course
International/EU: £14,460 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2021
January 2022

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Course summary

  • Learn advanced creative skills and engage in experimental practice, applying stop-motion, 2D Animation and mixed techniques.
  • Specialise in your preferred animation discipline to create an advanced and distinctive animated film.
  • Produce a portfolio of project work to showcase your skills to potential employers, clients and producers.

On this course, you'll learn advanced and current techniques inspired by theoretical knowledge and experimental animation practices. You'll apply this knowledge to develop your own innovative and distinctive animation portfolio. When you graduate, you'll have the exprience you need to build your own artistic practice and collaborate with sectors that require specific creative skills.

How you learn

The course is taught in a studio-based environment that enables you to develop industry standard skills in relation to a wide range of different roles.

You'll take part in a combination of self-directed and set project briefs, allowing you to develop your own skills while devising innovative, experimental ways of working in animation.

You'll also undertake creative projects led by a process of inquiry where you perform as an artist, researcher and communicator.

You learn through

  • coursework
  • portfolios
  • projects
  • written reports
  • peer critique groups

Applied learning

Networking Opportunities

You'll benefit from a programme of guest speakers, as well as various relevant networking events throughout the year.

The Media Arts and Communications 'Pathways' networking event brings industry professionals from a wide range of areas in the creative sector. You have the opportunity to gain valuable insight into current industry practice, make connections with industry and arts organisations and take advantage of the various opportunities that are provided.

The course also provides you with the opportunity to engage with local industry, as well as established creative media festivals and events, arts venues and galleries.

 


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in a variety of disciplines related to animation, including:

  • stop motion animator
  • 2D animator
  • set designer
  • puppet builder
  • lighting technician
  • compositor
  • producer
  • editor
  • storyboard artist
  • character designer

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you'll work with in a professional studio-based environment with access to  the latest industry based software and hardware including

  • the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
  • Toon Boom Harmony Advanced
  • DragonFrame
  • dedicated stop-motion and 2D animation studios

Entry requirements

All students

Normally an undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, in a related field. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: 2D Experimental Animation Credits: 30
Module: Creative Media Masters Project Credits: 60
Module: Creative Media Professional Practice Project Credits: 30
Module: Creative Media Research And Development Proposal Credits: 30
Module: Stop Motion Experimental Animation Credits: 30

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £9,340 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £14,460 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Digital media courses (PDF)

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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