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Animation at Ulster University

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Course Overview

Storytelling and skills building through animation production.

Building on the success of the BDes Hons Animation programme, which is already impacting local and global industry with graduates being honoured at the Prime Time Emmy Awards for their “Contribution to the Emmy Award winning achievement—Outstanding Special Visual Effects” on the HBO series “Game of Thrones”, the MSc Animation programme aims to further establish Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art as the regional, national and international centre of excellence in CGI (Computer Generated Imagery), Animation for education, research and industry.

Semester One

Timing for Animation

Students develop their core skills in animation, developing a deeper understanding of timing and animation principles in action.

Design Thinking

Students explore both contemporary and contextual issues around design, with a focus on challenge and disruptive design behaviour.

Semester Two

Character & Performance

Narrative builds characters whose performances drive the story. Students will develop a deeper understanding of acting, empathising with their character and building a relationship with their character’s audience.

Animation Production

Students will develop a broader understanding of computer animation pipelines and their implementation in a commercial production environment. From concept through animation, compositing and editing, students will develop the skills needed to see their projects through to completion.

Semester Three

Masters Project

Students will develop a body of work specific to their chosen area of animation production.

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