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Animation - MFA
Our postgraduate programme follow the same philosophical approach as our undergraduate programme, taking a pragmatic, non-prescriptive approach to production technique, research and theory. Our teaching is studio-centred, allowing you to benefit from the support of your peers and their diversity of opinion, approach and experience. You will learn as much from your fellow animators as from your tutors, sharing your expertise with our undergraduate animators in a collaborative studio environment. We expect our postgraduate students to take responsibility for their learning and to be independent, innovative and progressive in their approach to animation.
Should I have studied animation before?
The MFA is run over two years and four semesters. If you come to us with a previous degree in an unrelated discipline - i.e. something other than the practice of animation, motion graphics, film or TV - we can help you use animation method and theory to inform and enhance your core skills. For instance, with a previous degree in product design, then a proposal to investigate the dynamic transformation of objects would be really worthwhile. If you have studied animation before, then we expect you to come to us with an idea for a film that you want to make that will add something new to the discipline, you will also have the potential to manage a team of animators (including 3rd year undergraduates) in order to make films that might otherwise be impossible to realise. In either case, we need you to come with an idea of what you hope to achieve.
Top five reasons to choose the programme
- Our students win more awards than on any other animation course in the UK. In the last two years alone, work by ECA animation students has resulted in 52 nominations for major awards and 37 wins, including BAFTAs and Royal Television Society National Awards.
- Our programme offers you a unique synthesis of digital and analogue techniques.
- You will have access to a wide range of cutting-edge facilities, including CGI labs, stop frame studios and rostrum cameras.
- We offer the opportunity to make individual films, as well as team productions, the latter of which provide MFA students with the chance to hone management skills.
- We run a stimulating programme of guest lectures from internationally-renowned animators.
Individual workstations, dedicated computer facilities, and access to flatbed screen-printing and digital printing.
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