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MA

Animation and Digital Effects

Full-time Digital media

Create an eye-catching personal portfolio, and become employable in the vibrant creative industries.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £6,590 for the course †
International: £13,250 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September

Course summary

  • Build a portfolio of work to a professional standard, ready to showcase to prospective employers.
  • Utilise the latest technology and equipment in our state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Acquire and improve your knowledge of animation and digital effects.
  • Boost your employability through industry-specific interview training, networking and workshops.
  • Develop intellectual and critical approaches to your own and others' creative work.

Animation and Digital Effects provides you with the practical and conceptual skills you need to make an impact in the creative industries. You'll build a portfolio and reinforce it with sound theoretical knowledge and graduate ready for exciting, challenging career opportunities.

How you learn

MA Animation and Digital Effects can be taken over one or two years and is angled toward flexible, independent work. The course allows for the development of your own professional identity and portfolio, though you'll collaborate with others on problem-solving and through peer evaluation. You'll acquire a wide-ranging practical and theoretical skill set in the first two trimesters of the course and develop a specialism in the third.

You learn through:

  • lab-based tutorials, workshops, critique sessions and seminars
  • practical tasks and projects
  • one-to-one project supervision
  • technical workshops
  • guest speakers and masterclasses
  • industry visits
  • work with real-world clients

Course leaders and tutors

Reuben Fleming
Reuben Fleming
Senior Lecturer

Reuben teaches across the undergraduate Animation, Games Design and Digital Media Production courses as well as leading the postgraduate MA Animation and Digital Eff … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

There are opportunities for work experience and collaboration with real-world clients, as publicised through the Careers and Employability Service and social media.

Field trips

Industry visits will enable you to observe industry practices and gain an insight into potential and available job roles in the industry.

Networking opportunities

There is ample opportunity for networking throughout the course via regular industry speakers, masterclasses, industry visits and strong links with our alumni and Sheffield's creative industry.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • film and television production
  • advertising
  • animation
  • 3D design
  • technical direction
  • character animation
  • concept art
  • game development
  • motion graphics
  • web content creation
  • teaching
  • set design
  • cinematography

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

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

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • high-end PC and Mac labs
  • graphics tablets
  • full-body and facial motion capture facilities
  • green screen room
  • video cameras
  • 360 cameras
  • VR headsets

Entry requirements

UK students

Typically you need a second class honours degree or above in a • traditional art • digital art • digital media • games design • multimedia or a related subject.

We expect you to be artistic and motivated to produce high quality animations and digital artwork. You must also demonstrate that you have an appropriate level of skill in art or animation by presenting previous work, show-reels or portfolios.

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

EU and 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.


Modules

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: 3D Fundamentals Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Acquisition And Digital Effects 1 Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Acquisition And Digital Effects 2 Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Advanced Animation Techniques Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Character Animation Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Communicating Research Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Ma Animation And Digital Effects Final Project Credits: 60.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Observational Drawing Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Asset Creation Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Concept Art Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £6,590 for the course.

† If your course is studied over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation and/or Government regulations. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £13,250 for the course.

We offer a range of scholarships and awards for international students. Find out more.

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Up to £10,609 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.

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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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If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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