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International: £13,500 for the course
- 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
Course leaders and tutors
Festival visits will help you expand your knowledge in the area of animation and digital effects and gain a deeper understanding of industry roles and practices.
There is ample opportunity for networking throughout the course via regular industry speakers, masterclasses and strong links with our alumni and Sheffield's creative industry.
This course prepares you for a career in
- film and VFX
- game development
- motion graphics
- web content creation
- technical direction
- concept art
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
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
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
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'.
The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19
|Module: 3D Fundamentals||Credits: 15.00||
|Module: Acquisition And Digital Effects 1||Credits: 15.00||
|Module: Acquisition And Digital Effects 2||Credits: 15.00||
|Module: Advanced Animation Techniques||Credits: 15.00||
|Module: Character Animation||Credits: 15.00||
|Module: Communicating Research||Credits: 15.00||
|Module: Ma Animation And Digital Effects Final Project||Credits: 60.00||
|Module: Observational Drawing||Credits: 15.00||
|Module: Asset Creation||Credits: 15.00||
|Module: Concept Art||Credits: 15.00||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £7,200 for the course.
† 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.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,500 for the course.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £10,609 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.
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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