Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

With over 30 years of being on the cutting edge of animation, the Animation Programme has an international status as a subject leader. During this time, the discipline of animation has undergone many changes with developments not only in production methods, but also in how it is conceptualised, distributed and positioned.

The RCA Animation Programme is world-renowned for artistic, director-led creative practice and innovative risk-taking, and works of our award-winning alumni span the shift from analogue materials to digital technologies. Our students find their own meaningful fit or stance within a continuum ? between mimetic narrative to playful abstraction ? of techniques, concepts and canons to contribute to a greater collective intellectual and creative capital.

Three entry Pathways ? Documentary Animation, Experimental Animation and Narrative Animation ? offer opportunities for specialisms with fluidity between and beyond them, and students are encouraged to explore multidisciplinary environments in the College. The Programme?s alignment within the School of Communication is crucial to expanding experience and expertise applied to ideas, styles, aesthetics and technological approaches. The MA and postgraduate research degrees attract individuals from a notably wide range of disciplines to explore their fields through animation: film, architecture, graphic design, literature, communication arts, performance, art history, computing, illustration, pure and applied sciences and maths, fine art and more.

The Programme offers:

* a singular approach to learning and teaching for developing creativity and skills to negotiate rapid cultural and technological change

* an exceptionally stimulating environment, complemented by the College?s award-winning Programmes in art and design

* a curriculum that allows students to explore the creative slip between diverse forms and platforms of the animated moving image

* innovative, practice-oriented research sensitive to understanding nuances of contexts, cultures, identities, traditions and futures

* a potent combination of workshops, lectures, discussions, screenings and tutorials, with opportunities to develop individual and collaborative practice

* internationally renowned faculty and invited speakers and engagement with highly placed professionals, studios and cultural institutions.

Start Date:

2019-SEP-23.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,500 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,500 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £28,400 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students are normally expected to have a degree in art and design or equivalent experience; they must submit a selection of their moving image work, no longer than 15 minutes, demonstrating their aptitude for sequential thinking and directing abilities. Your particular role on any collaborative projects should be clearly indicated. The admissions board prefers to see complete films to demonstrate your directorial potential rather than edited clips. Select your work carefully to demonstrate your strengths and indicate the direction you would like to develop. The programme selects a challenging range of students each year to facilitate cross-pollination between different and engaging means of expression through animation and moving image. A digital portfolio of support work demonstrating other aspects of your ideas and skills, which may include 3D objects, drawings, photographs, scripts, storyboards, etc., is helpful in the selection process. A shortlist of students for interview will be made from the portfolio submission.
  • International entry requirements: Students are normally expected to have a degree in art and design or equivalent experience; they must submit a selection of their moving image work, no longer than 15 minutes, demonstrating their aptitude for sequential thinking and directing abilities. Your particular role on any collaborative projects should be clearly indicated. The admissions board prefers to see complete films to demonstrate your directorial potential rather than edited clips. Select your work carefully to demonstrate your strengths and indicate the direction you would like to develop. The programme selects a challenging range of students each year to facilitate cross-pollination between different and engaging means of expression through animation and moving image. A digital portfolio of support work demonstrating other aspects of your ideas and skills, which may include 3D objects, drawings, photographs, scripts, storyboards, etc., is helpful in the selection process. A shortlist of students for interview will be made from the portfolio submission. Students need to have an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE).
  • IELTS score: 6