This Master’s in 3D computer animation is the perfect launch-pad for a career in a wide range of disciplines, including concept design, character and creature animation, modelling, lighting, rigging, texturing, compositing and simulation.
The course will help you acquire the skills needed to work in a number of areas where computer animation is applied, including films, animated features, computer games, television production, commercials, illustration, scientific visualisation, flight simulation, virtual environments, architectural visualisations and interactive media.
We enjoy very strong links with industry, due largely to the ubiquity of NCCA graduates in the film, game and television industries. Graduates have worked on films such as Blade Runner 2049, The Avengers, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Dunkirk. We host regular visiting practitioners lecture series where you´ll be able to learn about the 2D and 3D industry from practicing artists and companies, including our graduates, as well as attend regular Masterclasses from professionals. Over the past five years we have attracted some of the best Visual Effects, Animation and Games studios from around the world to present to our students.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject
A professional qualification or diploma recognised to be equivalent to an honours degree
Industrial experience deemed to be equivalent to an honours degree
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.
A graduate with a 2:1 or above honours degree in the fields of art, media or design
An applicant with a professional qualification or diploma recognised to be equivalent to an honours degree
An applicant with Industrial experience deemed to be equivalent to an honours degree
Exceptionally well-qualified applicants from other disciplines may be considered at the discretion of the interviewing panel.
Computer Animation Principles: You’ll investigate the underlying theories within computer graphics and animation, in parallel to the development of practical skills.
Computer Animation Techniques: This unit aims to enable you to develop skills and knowledge in computer animation principles and practice. Software tools and best practice are underpinned by the theories introduced in the computer animation principles unit.
Computer Animation Principles & Techniques: You´ll develop skills and knowledge in computer animation principles and practice, which will help to improve the quality of your productions. You´ll also become conversant in the language, concepts and techniques relating to the course.
Moving Image Theory: Containing the general image theory elements of the programme, this unit incorporates lectures on art, science, technology, digital cinematography, supporting screenings of films and animations, computer animation, digital effects and computer games.
Group Project: Working with students from all three postgraduate courses (MA3D, MA Digital Effects) you´ll present a concept for a short animated piece.
Personal Inquiry: You’ll pursue research in areas that interest you. This begins at the start of term two, and is assessed at a research symposium in the middle of term three.
Master´s Project: The focus of the fourth term is on completing the Master’s component of your education. This project can be a standalone project or a continuation of the group project unit. In either case you can work alone or with other students. The year ends with a computer animation show, which gives you the opportunity to showcase your work to industry professionals and potential employers.
Graduates from our computer animation courses are highly sought after within the industry. Our alumni have worked on many high-profile projects, including movies such as Venom, Paddington 2, Avatar, Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, Shrek, Guardians of Ga´hoole, the Harry Potter series, Sucker Punch, Happy Feet, Monsters vs Aliens, James Bond and Judge Dredd, among many others.
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