Monday, 11 January 2021

Online MA in Animation - Apply Now

"School Run" by MA student Lee Caller
We are now taking applications through UCAS for the September 2021 intake of our unique online MA in 3D animation.

The online MA 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, but you will engage at Masters' level with the underpinning theory and structure behind the art form.

What is this online master's degree all about?
Zombie by Amedeo Beretta

The online Master's Degree in 3D animation was the very first of its kind. Until our course launched in 2015, if you wanted to do an MA in animation, you had to go to a university and study there, at a place and time that is convenient for the university.  

Now, you can complete your degree online, from anywhere in the world. We have extensive online resources to support your studies, and you don't even need to show up for graduation if it doesn't suit you (though you will be invited).

What will you learn?
Crab animation by Joe Gamble

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 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?
Bucks New Uni - partnering with AnimationApprentice
Because it's a globally recognised qualification. Having an MA 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, an MA is a necessary qualification for teaching at many schools and most universities.

But don't studios want practical skills?
Yes they do. Studios hire animators with great demo reels. That is why the MA 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?
The world's first online MA in animation
Our course is for anyone who wants to learn the craft of 3D animation, and needs a formal qualification to prove it.  It is also very useful for anyone who would like a career in teaching animation, as a master's degree is more or less essential to teach at university level.

There isn't another course that we know of which offers this blend of practical and critical content.

When Does It Start?
September 2019.

How Much Does It Cost?
"Flame" by Amedeo Beretta

The Online master's course costs £7,700 for the full 18 month course.

Government funding
Don't forget that the UK government now offers public 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?
Alien by Jeton Lakna

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 base most of our decisions on your portfolio. However we do sometimes interview candidates either by telephone or Skype.

How does the course actually work in practice?
To see more precise detail on how the course works, watch the short video below.

Resources at Bucks
Alien by Joe Gamble

For more resources on getting started on our Online MA in 3D animation at Bucks, see the blog posts below:


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