Postgraduate study
Computer Animation & Visual Effects

MA Computer Animation and Visual Effects

This programme is ideal if you have established technical and/or creative skills and wish to develop academic or commercial practice. Focus on the practical skills and knowledge required to participate in design and initiate discussions at the highest level.

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year (September start), 16 months (January start) or 2 years with advanced practice (September or January start)

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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  • Facilities

    Computer Animation & Visual Effects

    Teesside is one of the best-equipped learning environments for anybody seeking a career in animation or visual effects. We have purpose-built facilities housing dedicated life drawing spaces, recording studio, motion-capture studio and a fully equipped sound stage including green screen facilities and motion-control cameras.

 

This course responds to a specific industry niche, capitalising on the industry and academic experience of our staff members.You focus heavily on specialised computer animation and visual effects practice. We have extensive facilities to support this work – both software and hardware. Staff have technical expertise in maths, computing and Linux, and the creativity to help you produce convincing animation and visual effects that look great.


There are three routes you can choose from to gain an MA Computer Animation and Visual Effects:

  • full-time - 2 years with advanced practice (September start)
  • full-time - 1 year (September start) or 16 months (January start)


Course structure

Core modules

2D Tools and Techniques

You negotiate your personal learning goals and specialism with your tutor. This can include advanced compositing techniques, camera projection, set extensions and digital matte paining. Your practical sessions enable you to produce and manipulate 2D, 2.5D and 3D assets and explore real world complex compositing and VFX scenarios.

You are assessed individually through a portfolio of practical work and a short written report

3D Tools and Techniques

You negotiate your personal learning goals and specialism with your tutor, the emphasis being on the 3D elements and workflows that are crucial in the VFX production pipeline. Areas you can focus on include advanced lighting, rigging and creature effects, advanced shaders and rendering.

You are assessed individually through a portfolio of practical work and a short written report

Effects Animation

You explore the fundamental simulation tools and techniques used in effects animation. Using a combination of software, scripting and some underpinning mathematics you create convincing simulations of a variety of real-world phenomena commonly used in visual effects practice.

You are assessed individually through a portfolio of practical work and a short written report.

Master's Project: Computer Animation and Visual Effects

You undertake a major, in-depth, individual study in an aspect of the course. Computer animation and visual effects master’s projects can be drawn from both creative and technical based problem areas. You research and investigate aspects of your area of study and produce a major deliverable such as a substantial VFX sequence that combines a range of techniques. You also critically evaluate your major deliverable, including obtaining third party evaluation where appropriate.

You present your major deliverable(s) via a poster display and a product demonstration/show reel of completed assets. The research, project process and evaluation is reported via an accompanying written narrative which contextualises the output. The written report, the major deliverable and your presentation of the product are assessed.

The project management process affords supported opportunities for goal setting, reflection and critical evaluation of achievement.

VFX Industry Practice

In preparation for your major VFX project you explore and use an extensive range of effects related facilities and software available to you. You also carry out VFX research tasks on given themes to demonstrate a critical understanding of the history, development and future of the VFX industry and its methods of production.

You are assessed individually through a portfolio of practical work and a short written report.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You undertake live projects guided by industry practice and you discuss and negotiate with your tutors what area(s) of investigation you wish to explore

How you are assessed

Your learning is assessed by individual coursework. This includes practical implementations and reports which demonstrate a critical evaluation of the practical process, techniques and end product, plus supporting evidence of research into specified areas.

You present your work to your peers and tutors within lab-based sessions to receive both formative and summative feedback.

We provide detailed marking criteria with each assessment. Due to the practical nature of this programme, we allocate more marks to the practical work than the report.

Career opportunities

From the beginning of your programme, we prepare you for a career in industry. In addition to your taught classes, we create opportunities for you to meet and network with our industry partners through events such as our ExpoSeries, which showcases student work to industry. ExpoTees is the pinnacle of the ExpoSeries with over 100 businesses from across the UK coming to the campus to meet our exceptional students, with a view to recruitment.

Advanced practice

There are a number of internship options, including:

  • Vocational internship – spend one semester working full-time in industry or on placement in the University. We have close links with a range of national and international companies who will offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we cannot guarantee internships, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.
  • Research internship – develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting. Ideal for those who are interested in a career in research or academia.

Entry requirements

2.2 honours degree (or above) in animation or computing or significantly documented relevant industrial experience. You must submit a portfolio with examples of 3D/2D visual effects work as part of the admissions process.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year (September start), 16 months (January start) or 2 years with advanced practice (September or January start)

More full-time details

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information