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Animation MDes


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University of Derby Markeaton Street Derby DE22 3AW

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I wanted a new challenge, something to fire my creativity up, something to stretch my imagination and skills. Taryn Shrigley

You will gain knowledge and skills in the creative application and digital software for animation, experimenting with state of the art equipment and resources that are constantly updated. Teaching and learning You will be taught through a range of teaching and learning methods throughout the programme, in keeping with the aims and emphasis of particular modules. This includes: project work, workshop practice, lectures, demonstrations, seminars, group critiques, work checks, individual tutorials, field study, cultural visits, reports, and assignments.


Stage one

Spring Autumn

Stage TWO

Visual Problem Solving

Visual Culture: Theory



Start date: You can start this course in September.

Visual Culture: History

Professional Practice

Directed Projects in Animation


Fees: This is a resource intensive course, so it costs £8600.


Duration and mode of study: Full time, 4 years.

About the course This course explores animation to enable you to produce broadcast quality animations for the commercial world, or to communicate your own personal ideas. You will explore sequential and interactive image making, 2D and 3D animation, character development, narrative, timing, creative storytelling, the web, scripting, sound, and the historical and contemporary context of your work.

Visual Exploration

Visual Culture: Extended Essay

Negotiated Study in Animation


Entry requirements: You will usually need 260 UCAS points from accepted qualifications (see for a full list).

Animation Practice

Visual Culture: Debates

Personal Practice in Methodologies


UCAS code: W618

This is a studio practice based course that incorporates undergraduate and postgraduate study, so you will graduate with a masters degree. You will work on a number of live projects to prepare you for a career in the field of animation.

Study modules

Stage FOUR

Where you will study: Derby Campus, Markeaton Street.

Why choose this course?

Visual Culture: Dissertation




Options Stage Two You will choose from:  Design Strategies  Sequential Illustration  Digital Moving Images. Additional information We are members of the Association of Illustrators (AOI) and D&AD (Designers and Art Direction). During the course you will be encouraged to enter national competitions to develop your portfolio and CV when you graduate. You will also have the opportunity to exhibit your final year work as part of our degree show. This creative festival allows you to showcase your


work and make vital industry contacts, and it’s a really high profile event in the city’s arts calendar. Your career After you’ve graduated from this distinctive course, you will be one step ahead of others in the graduate jobs market. You will achieve a Masters award at the end of four years study without needing to change universities or find postgraduate funding. And you will already have a highly professional and innovative showreel of creative animation work. After graduation your career options will include animation for advertising, film, television and TV titles, games design, animation for web design, as a designer in a creative studio, in educational animation or as a freelance animator. Some students also go on to teaching.

Animation mdes  
Animation mdes