Our Course is designed to help you identify, develop and refine a progressive and critical engagement with animation in all it´s forms. While developing the skills to help you realise your ideas, our course provides a bridge to the industry or to further academic study.
Above all this is a vocational course that emphasises the importance of maintaining an individualised creative and innovative approach to film making. Our students work towards the completion of a unique body of work that includes a professional showreel, portfolio and short film supported by a critical paper. The course enjoys industry recognition as part of the Skillset Screen Academy Wales, which provides access to masterclasses, mentoring, specialised equipment and bursaries.
What you study
This is the taught component of the course and includes practice, theory and research elements. It comprises a flexible modular framework where you will be taught animation/film studies, timing for animation and scriptwriting, as well as essential software skills, Maya, Life Drawing and 3D stop motion. You will gain relevant industrial practice through work placements or case studies. These sessions are complemented by masterclasses and mentoring from industry professionals and the annual animator in residence scheme.
You will make a 3-minute film, or equivalent, which is supported by a written critical paper. This is achieved through establishing your own research directions, which will be formed through negotiation with the course team. Such negotiations will take place through a regular series of pitch presentations. You will be supported in your work through tutorials with the course team and industry professionals. Financial support is also available through a production bursary.
The MFA award is based on supervised study. This work can be focused on significant professional experience gained through work placements or internships organised through the Skillset Screen Academy Wales; an extended animation production; or a research project that could lead to registration for an MPhil/PhD.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
University of Wales, Newport