The MA Animation Production course focuses on Practice, Theory and Professionalism and the ‘critical dialogue’ between them.
The AUB MA Animation Production 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.
The overriding objective is to enable all Animation students to see themselves as part of a ‘community of practice’ (that includes research and critique, and the building of a ‘production culture’), existing not as atomised students ‘doing their own thing’, but as part of a meaningful whole.
You can find out more about the philosophy of the course by clicking the link below.
The overall aim of this MA is to enable you to pursue your interests and specialism – whether 2D/drawn, CG, stop motion or other forms of animation – and produce excellent work that synthesises the ‘strands’ of theory, practice and professionalism.
You can also download the portfolio guidelines for this course.
You can find out more about any course costs here.
The MA consists of three 60-credit units (180 credits for the MA). These are:
1. Practice, Theory and Professionalism 1
2. Practice, Theory and Professionalism 2
3. Masters Project
Your engagement with the MA is via your own specialist practice in Animation – this may involve pre-production, production or post-production specialisms such as character design, storyboarding, concept work, or other specialisms such as puppet-making, or costume design for Animation. You may choose to make an animated film as your final ‘outcome’, but could develop an MA-level body of work through one of these other forms of specialist practice. The three unit structure enables you to clearly identify and develop your ideas across practical, theoretical and professional modes of understanding, bringing your work to fruition in the Masters Project unit.
The part time route offers an ideal opportunity for people who are already working in industry to further develop their specialist skills and practice, and complete a major body of work across a 2-year period. We strongly encourage people to apply who want to examine and interrogate their professional Animation practice, and develop their understanding of the workplace.
What students are doing
Looking for inspiration? You can take a look at some of the projects that our students have been working on below.
Studios and Resources
Our studios work in a way that mirrors industry with students working together in a high energy atmosphere.
Our state-of-the-art animation studios provide students with an individual workstation and light box. The course also has its own computer suite with specialist software.
Staff on the course
What sets our MA Animation course apart is the range of skills and interests of our staff (and potential specialisms offered) and how these are holistically ‘framed’ within the cutting-edge context of Animation Studies as a discipline.
Course Leader / Professor of Animation Studies
BA (Film Studies), MA (Media Studies), PGCE, PhD (Animation Studies/Education)
Dr. Paul Ward is Professor of Animation Studies in the Bournemouth Film School (Faculty of Media and Performance) at the Arts University Bournemouth. He studied Film and English at the Polytechnic of North London (1988-1991), and then went on to do a Masters in Media Studies at the University of London Institute of Education (1991-1993), returning there to do a PGCE (1994-1995) and PhD (part-time, from 1998-2003). During this period, he taught Film and Media Studies at the University of North...Full profile
Your Interview and Portfolio
The MA Animation Production course is all about developing your skills in the field of Animation and interrogating what you do in terms of practice, theory and professionalism. As part of your application we expect to see a portfolio of work that demonstrates your skills, interests and specialism. You can download our Portfolio Guidelines here.