Arts University Bournemouth, one of the top five universities in the UK for graduate progression to employment, is expanding its range of creative course from September, with three new postgraduate courses in Animation Production, Film Production and Design Interactions being added to its portfolio.

Over one and a half million people work in the creative industries, or in creative roles in other industries according to government figures published recently. Vocational courses that maintain close links with industry can improve career prospects and Arts University Bournemouth’s (AUB) philosophy of integrated learning and teaching within the context of cutting edge practice in the creative and moving image industries, will ensure that its new MA offerings will continue to be a driving force towards employability within the specific disciplines.

The MA Film Production course is for gifted and emerging filmmakers seeking to learn on the job, to go beyond the short film, to define themselves as artists and to gain that production experience demanded by the industry. Perhaps most importantly, it enables students who study on the course, to develop their employability skills, which is vital in the creative industries.

The MA Film Production course comes on the success of 2012 graduate film ‘Dancing in the Ashes’ that has received a plethora of awards on the film festival circuit. The film – made by graduating students on the BA (Hons) Film Production course – has won the Best Student Short Film at the London Short Film Festival (2013); the Best Student Fiction Film at both the Royal Television Society Southern Centre Awards 2013 and the prestigious Royal Television Society National Student Television Awards to be announced in May; and Film of the Year, Best Acting and Best Production at the Watersprite International Student Film Festival 2013. It also received Special Recognition and was a Finalist at the Foyle Film Festival 2012 and was nominated for Best Writer for Nick Rowland at BAFTA Scotland New Talent 2013.

Driven by the professional film culture at the AUB and with access to crew specific specialist students and graduates from the celebrated specialist BA Courses the MA offers a unique learning environment akin to that of a film studio.

The MA Animation Production course comes on the success of 2012 graduate film ‘The Honey Plot’ that has been receiving awards on the film festival circuit. The animated film – made by graduating students on the BA (Hons) Animation Production course – won the Best Student Animation at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Southern Centre Awards 2013 and is currently nominated for the RTS National Student Television Awards. It was also nominated in the Best 19-25 Animation, Future Film Animation Awards – BFI Future Film Festival 2013.

The Animation team have extensive contacts at national and international level in industry, research and knowledge transfer. Staff are active in the International Society for Animation Studies and embedded within various scholarly and professional organisations. This puts them at the cutting edge of animation-related activities in the UK and overseas. Specific expertise ranges across modes of animation: traditional 2D/drawn, CG/3D/computer, and stop motion, as well as work that synthesises them, or examines more experimental and challenging approaches.

The AUB Animation philosophy sees observation, drawing and an understanding of the traditional principles of animation as fundamental, but these are critically contextualised in relation to technology, history, theory and professional/studio practice. Animation graduates from AUB have worked for companies including Aardman, Framestore, Pixar and EA Games as well as setting up their own studios, such as Karrot Entertainment that produce the hugely successful children’s cartoon, ‘Sarah and Duck’.

The new MA offering brings together individuals from across the globe to further their creative abilities – while working collaboratively on one creative campus. Educational courses that maintain close links with industry can improve career prospects, and the AUB’s employability figure is a perfect example of how this works in the right environment.

For more information on the postgraduate degrees at the AUB, please visit aub.ac.uk/ma