This course explores both the theory and practice of animation aiming to give students the tools to be able to express creative ideas using a broad range of experimental visual media. Students will investigate the production of animation in an era with unparalleled opportunities for skilled visual communicators. The central ethos of the course is to give students enough freedom and guidance to test and discover creative ideas within a critical framework in balance with developing the accomplished production skills across 2D, 2.5D, 3D, stop'motion and drawn animation, to realise creative goals. Students will develop skills in narrative storytelling and interpreting ideas for the flat screen and will also be encouraged to work across multiple formats, exploring how animation can be used in different contexts such as in the fine arts i.e. installation and in digital media, exploring the online, mobile and interactive opportunities for animation practice. The course supports progression to research at MPhil/PhD level as well as to advanced self'directed experimental practice.
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- Honours degree (animation, illustration, visual communication, graphic design or closely related subject); possession of equivalent qualifications; prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required; or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills. All applicants, both UK and resident overseas, will be expected to submit an electronic portfolio on CD or via a website link together with their application form. The portfolio should have some examples of image-led and visual work from either education or professional practice. The portfolio can be supplied as a PDF with links to web projects and media assets. It should contain a minimum of 5 projects and self-initiated projects are also encouraged.