This course has been designed to develop 3D CG animation skills in modelling/sculpting, texturing, rigging, lighting, and dynamics for the film and television, visual effects and computer animation industry. Building on our success at undergraduate level, the course will mirror industry practice, including teamwork, production pipelines, and collaboration with other courses such as the MA Visual Effects. Students on this course will also benefit from guest lectures by respected industry practitioners.
Licenciado/Título de Ingeniero/Título de Arquitecto with an average of 6.0-6.9, Aprobado or above
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score 6.5 with at least a 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score 88
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programmes
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each elemen
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.
This course is aimed at creating a new landscape of postgraduate computer animation tuition, ensuring that the voice of industry is embedded at the heart of the curriculum.
The distinctive and explicit curriculum has been designed to build the appropriate depth of both subject-specific and generic skills to allow graduates to develop their career in a fast-moving and increasingly specialised industry.
The MA Computer Animation course includes the following module structure:
Acquisition for VFX
CGI Foundation (Still image)
CGI Foundation – Animation
Computer Animation Production
Rigging & Creature Effects (option)
Digital Sculpture (option)
Effects Animation (option)
CGI Lighting & Look Development (option)
Research Methods, or Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship (option)
The Faculty understands the importance of a strong grounding in research knowledge and skills, enterprise and innovation as part of a balanced postgraduate education.
We also recognise that each student has different requirements of their postgraduate experience.
You can choose to study one of the following three, 20 credit common modules. Each of these has a different focus, enabling you to select the module that will be most beneficial to you.
Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
This module aims to develop your knowledge of the methods to identify, develop and manage enterprise and innovation in the creative sector. It will then help you apply this to your own entrepreneurial project.
Research and Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries
The focus of this module is on the development of research knowledge and skills, while also encouraging critical engagement with approaches to creative practice. You will also explore ideas, debates and issues in the creative and cultural industries.
This module focuses on research paradigms and their theoretical underpinnings. It also looks at key conceptual tools drawn from a wide range of subject areas relevant to postgraduate research in the creative industries.
Learning and teaching methods
Studio and workshop tutorials are supplemented by visiting computer animation artists and practitioners lectures, seminars, discussion groups and presentations. All Staff are active in research, consultancy or employed within the animation Industry.
This specialist postgraduate Computer Animation course focuses on the higher level skills that will enable graduates to operate successfully across a range of roles within the Animation industry.
You will develop the appropriate depth of skills and the centrality of teamwork for an industry that is becoming increasingly specialised, with new roles and functions developing all the time. With industry assistance, we are able to nurture emerging talent by creating this new industry-facing course.
If you choose to study on a creative postgraduate course at the University of South Wales, you will also benefit from being part of a vibrant international student community.
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