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Animation MDes

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Education with the personal touch

Animation MDes

*These fees apply if you are starting this course between September 2013 and August 2014. We recommend you check fees as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

Start date: September UCAS Code: W618

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

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’ll explore sequential and interactive image making, 2D and 3D animation,

Your career After you've graduated from this distinctive course, you'll 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'll 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.





Visual Problem Solving

Visual Culture: Theory




Visual Culture: History

Professional Practice

Directed Projects in Animation


Course fees: £10,225 per year*

You'll 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.

Visual Exploration

Visual Culture: Extended Essay

Negotiated Study in Animation


Duration: 4 years full time

How you’ll learn

Animation Practice

Visual Culture: Debates

Personal Practice in Methodologies


Language – A qualification such as IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas) or TOEFL – 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), 80 (internet based). See our website for other accepted qualifications or phone us: +44 (0)1332 591698.

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.

What you’ll cover


Entry requirements: Academic – 260 UCAS tariff points, of which at least 220 must be from your International Baccalaureate or equivalent qualification.

character development, narrative, timing, creative storytelling, the web, scripting, sound, and the historical and contemporary context of your work.

Visual Culture: Dissertation



Where you will study: Derby Campus – Markeaton Street site


Additional information


We are members of the Association of Illustrators (AOI) and D&AD (Designers and Art Direction).

Stage two You’ll choose from: ­▪ Design Strategies ▪ Sequential Illustration ▪ Digital Moving Images.

During the course you’ll be encouraged to enter national competitions to develop your portfolio and CV when you graduate. You’ll 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.

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

Get in touch Tracy Tomlinson E: T: +44 (0)1332 593216

The information in this leaflet was correct when we produced it, but please check our website for the most up to date information.

Animation MDes