Reasons to choose the programme

Our students consistently deliver ground-breaking films that use animation methodologies to build upon previous areas of research enquiry, or to develop entirely new explorations.
Our unique hybrid of digital and analogue techniques enables our students to develop work which is innovative, progressive and rooted in who they are as a film maker.
You will have access to a wide range of industry standard facilities, including CGI labs, a render farm, stop frame studios and rostrum cameras.
We offer the opportunity to make films individually, an as a collective, which provides MFA students with the opportunity to develop project management and production skills.
Our series of guest lectures is delivered by speakers who present a gamut of animation expertise, from research to commerce, from major studios to independent and experimental film makers.

Jared Taylor talks about the programme
Edinburgh College of Art

If you’d like to make a film that’s entirely your own, develop a voice that’s uniquely yours and immerse yourself in a discipline that is equal parts art and science, this programme is for you.

Outline

In our postgraduate Animation programmes we develop and extend our philosophy of animation which centres on an open-minded and critical approach to technology, our purpose is to make films, and our methods serve that purpose. This manifests itself in the encouragement of students to find the the most elegant, efficient and appropriate solution to a film project, rather than simply the most recent.

If you’d like to make a film that’s entirely your own, develop a voice that’s uniquely yours and immerse yourself in a discipline that is equal parts art and science, this programme is for you.

As a student you will bring drawings, paintings, objects, models, puppets and text to life. You won’t just make them move, you will imbue them with heart and soul that will not only engage audiences, but encourage them to suspend their disbelief. As a postgraduate student you will be independent, innovative and progressive in your approach to animation.

Our programme is small and this allows us to teach in ways that are unique. You will access state of the art CGI labs, a LAN render farm with 64 dedicated CPUs, stop frame studios and rostrum cameras. Most of our students make films; however, some make games, apps or music videos.

Working within a collaborative studio environment, you will benefit from the support of your peers and their diversity of opinion, approach and experience.

Careers

Our graduates work for studios such as Aardman, for directors such as Tim Burton, for video games companies including Rockstar North and post-production houses such as Rushes, Framestore and MPC. Many have set up their own studios, or work as award-winning independent film makers.


How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about study modes, start dates and fees
  • find out if, and how, you need to submit a portfolio, showreel or research proposal
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

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Staff

Jared Taylor

Programme Director, Animation

Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Design

Email: Jared.Taylor@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)7734 565 391


Facilities and resources

Individual workstations, dedicated computer facilities, and access to flatbed screen-printing and digital printing.

Includes a flexible studio space, equipment for location shooting, and several editing facilities.

Students at the University of Edinburgh have access to a range of library resources across the campus and online.


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Contact

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Email: cahss.pgadmissions@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086