|The world's first online MA in animation|
We are currently looking at portfolios for the September 2017 intake.
This is a unique degree (the first of its kind) which can be undertaken by students anywhere in the world, leading to a formal qualification in the field.
You will not only learn how to animate to a professional level, but you will engage at Masters' level with the underpinning theory and structure behind the art form. So, not just an academic exercise, but a proper degree that teaches you both theory and practice.
Until we launched this course, if you wanted to achieve a master's degree in 3D animation, you had to go to a university and study there, at a place and time that is convenient for the university. Never mind that you have a day job and a family - you have to study when it suits them, not when it suits you.
Now you can complete your degree online, from anywhere in the world. You don't even need to show up for graduation - though you will definitely be invited!
What will you learn?
The course is a unique blend of practical and academic content. That means you will learn how to animate, stop by step, and be properly trained as a skilled professional 3D animator. At the same time, you will have to engage with the theory behind the craft, and take a close look at the industry, critically engaging with the underpinnings and possibilities of the medium.
Why does anyone need an MA?
Because it's a proper, globally-recognised qualification. Having a Master's Degree shows that you can engage in critical thinking at an advanced level, and make a thorough analysis of the subject being studied. In practical terms, without an MA you can't realistically hope to get a job teaching at a university.
But don't studios want practical skills?
Yes they do. Studios hire animators with great demo reels. That is why our course has a strong emphasis on learning the techniques of 3D animation, as well as academic content. By the end of it you will have a strong demo reel, good enough to help you find work in this fast-growing industry.
Who is this course for?
We think our course will be of special interest to anyone who wants to learn the craft of 3D animation, and also for anyone who would like a career in teaching animation. There isn't another course that we know of which offers this blend of practical and critical content.
When Does The New Intake Start?
The course costs £6,750. That's around $9,000 in US Dollars (depending on the exchange rate). And don't forget that the UK government will soon be extending loans to graduate students. For more on funding for MA study, read this post.
What kind of jobs are available to graduates?
The animation industry is expanding rapidly worldwide. 3D animation is everywhere now, on TV, in the movie theatres, on your smart phone, on the web, and in games. The skills you will learn are transferable to any kind of animation.
How Can I Sign Up?
To visit the official page and register for more information, follow this link.
Will I need a portfolio?
Yes. We will need to see evidence of the kind of creative and technical skill that makes a prospective animator. For more on our portfolio guidelines, see this post.
Will I need to have a BA?
Not necessarily, but it helps. If you don't have a BA, you will need to show a portfolio of work that will demonstrates a level of learning that shows you can handle a post-graduate level of study.
Will I have to attend an interview?
Not necessarily. We make most decisions based upon your experience and portfolio but we do also do interviews via Skype.
How does the course actually work in practice?
To see more precise detail on how the course works, watch the short video below
To find out more about Animation Apprentice, click here for a link to Frequently Asked Questions. To sign up for our next classroom at Animation Apprentice, follow this link. For more information on finding work and surviving in the animation and visual effects business, read our post on how to find a job in the animation industry, and check out our post about what not to do at a job interview. Also see our post on starting your own small animation business, learn how to create an invoice, and see how we arehelping our students find work through our film co-operative Nano Films. Download the free Escape Studios Careers in VFX Handbook. Take a look at how awn.com can help you find a job, and read our piece about how to survive as a freelance animator. Also, find out what Cinesite look for in a student's demo reel, and read our post on setting up your own animation business. Also see our post about freelancers and taxes.