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Animation is fun; animation is also the most successful application of digital technology in the creative arts. The animation industry is booming, with films like Rango, Frankenweenie and The Snowman and the Snowdog attracting massive audiences. Animation is also widely used in advertising, games, contemporary art, information graphics, film and entertainment.
The MA Animation - a course based on years of successful Animation teaching and practice at the Cass - recognises traditional modes of animation production and delivery. But it also acknowledges and embraces the impact made by new technologies that have resulted in contemporary animations central role in visual culture.
If you have a background in animation, film and video, photography, illustration, communication design or interactive moving image then this course will interest you.
The course is one of our many successful art, architecture and design courses at the Casss enhanced Faculty in Whitechapel. All of our courses encourage an integrated approach to critical, creative and technical thinking and practice with live projects and pop-up events offering opportunities for interaction across the courses within Cass and with the thriving local art and design scene in East London. You will have the opportunity to propose and develop your own projects, supported through the taught elements of the course. You will also benefit from working with other animation students from many different backgrounds and cultures.
You can choose to study full or part-time; we also have an online mode that allows you to adapt your programme of study to best suit your needs.
Graduates typically gain employment in the creative industries such as film, broadcast, animation, post-production and games industry, as well as work as freelance film makers, animators or artists.
Others have progressed in their current jobs by securing promotions through their increased knowledge and experience. Many graduates have successfully set up their own production companies and/or have had their work screened at international festivals or events. You are encouraged to develop a showreel that targets a specified market for your work. Suitable graduates are also encouraged to progress to an MPhil or PhD, thus contributing research culture within the Faculty.
The course is delivered over three semesters. During the first semester you produce short exercises (commercial, animation, documentary or drama) which develop your imaginative, technical and craft skills. A series of research seminars and lectures help you develop your creative, methodologies and evaluative skills. In the Final Major Project Module you produce a final film in a based on a proposal developed during semester 2, leaving the course with a showreel of professional standard work in your preferred genre(s).
2D Animation, 3D Animation, Drama, Documentary Production, Character Animation, Experimental Film Production, MusicVideo
The main method of assessment is the formative and ongoing 'crit' of practical exercises, presentations and the final production project. A case study based on a theoretical research project, various scripts, treatments and production reports are also required. Work is usually evaluated by staff and by your student peer group, as well as by industry professionals visiting the MA, or acting as course consultants.