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2D Animation and Stop Motion (with Advanced Practice) MA

Teesside University, Middlesbrough

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Teesside University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    19-SEP-22, 16-JAN-23

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Course overview

You prepare, write and make your own short animation ready for festival release. You learn how to write and pitch your film script to industry professionals and funding bodies, spend time learning how to deconstruct animation against a number of theoretical and critical frameworks as well having the opportunity to experiment with animated form.

The course also covers animation techniques and principles of animation and performance, suitable if you are looking to enter the field of animation practice as well as develop and improve your existing animation skills. You are given the space to experiment with a range of techniques and styles before embarking on the creation of your final animated film.

In the first semester you write and pitch your film ideas, alongside developing and designing the production materials. You take a closer look at the anatomy of animation, peeling back the layers of a production in order to gain greater insight to form. In the second semester you refine your animation skills as well as working in a small group to produce a short piece of animation allowing you to experiment with the animated form and techniques as well as get you up to speed on the production presses required to create your final film in the third semester.

There are three routes you can choose from to gain an MA 2D Animation and Stop Motion:

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

How you learn

Animation is an intensive discipline, you are focused on creating an animated short from the beginning. You are supported by a teaching team who have backgrounds in 2D and stop motion animation as well as fine art installation. In addition, the course is supported by dedicated stop motion and 2D animation spaces as well as well-equipped workshops with specialist technician support to help you in your model, puppet and set making.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on your subject-specific knowledge, cognitive and intellectual skills and transferable skills applicable to the workplace. You are given formative assessment throughout the programme, typically given during lectures and tutorials.

Career opportunities

You have access to the School Students Future programme to develop your graduate employability skills. This involves a series of activities delivered to all students, year groups, subject cohorts or subject groups and includes industry speaker talks, extra-curricular industry challenges and company visits. The programme is co-ordinated by a team of academic staff, representing each subject area, who are actively working with our industry partners and other external organisations to ensure you are equipped with the skills required for the changing needs from industry.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 8,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Teesside University, Middlesbrough

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  • Campus address

    Teesside University, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, Tees Valley, TS1 3BX, England

To get students off to the best possible start, Teesside University meets international students at the airport and takes them to their accommodation for free.
With an English language café and orientation activities throughout the year, Teesside University is experienced in helping international students feel at home.
Teesside University offers a range of scholarships to international and EU students, making the transition to UK study more affordable.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    55th out of 85 11

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    109 50%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72.0 72%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.26 85%



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