The simple answer is, it depends on what you want to do. Academia cares about academic qualifications. Industry cares about demo reels.
If your focus is purely on industry, and on finding work there, you don't really need a masters' level qualification. But if you are hoping to teach, especially in higher education, a masters degree is more or less a necessity.
What universities need
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Governments therefore tend to insist on certain objectively measurable standards, such as that academic staff must be properly qualified.
Since governments aren't good at judging talent on its merits, they tend to look at objective criteria like academic qualifications.
In government eyes, a qualified animation lecturer isn't necessarily someone who is really good at animation; it is someone with a masters' degree. As a result, higher education institutions tend to insist that their staff have an MA. And, if they are teaching at master's level, ideally a PHD.
In addition, if you are looking to work overseas in a country of which you are not a citizen, an MA can help a lot with a work visa. For example, obtaining a visa to work in the USA can be much easier if the applicant has an MA in their chosen field.
What industry needs
Masters' Degree at Bucks
Our online MA in animation, hosted in partnership with Animation Apprentice, is a unique degree, in part because it has a strong focus on practical skills. Our online MA teaches our students how to animate, and to be employable as animators (with a great demo reel), but also how to engage with the theory of the medium at masters' level.
Academic Content - Fil Ieropoulos
Practical Training - Alexander Williams
Alexander Williams, founder of Animation Apprentice, teaches, delivers, assesses and marks the practical part of the course. All our students have a personal login at www.animationapprentice.org, with access to the all the learning materials.
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