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International/EU: £17,205 for the course
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- 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.
Computer Animation 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.
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Find out more about the Media Arts and Communications department and view the work of some of our students.
How you learn
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.
MA Computer Animation 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
'The industry-standard software packages I have learnt during the course, such as Adobe Substance 3D Painter, have given me the skills I need to enter the industry. The course opens up opportunities not only in film, TV, advertising, and games, but also in education; this industry is a global industry and there are careers in a number of sectors, in a variety of countries.'
Jack Emmens - MA Computer Animation graduate
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
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Media, Arts and Communications Facilities Tour
Take a look around the media, arts and communication facilities at Sheffield Hallam University with lecturer Saskia Wilson.
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.
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.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
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.
|Module: Computer Animation Fundamentals
|Module: Creative Media Masters Project
|Module: Creative Media Professional Practice Project
|Module: Creative Media Research And Development Proposal
|Module: Post Production And Acquisition
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.
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/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £11,222 available for Home 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, 211.2KB)
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