Taught course


Manchester Metropolitan University · Manchester School of Art

Entry requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition you also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative programme is focussed on the development and production of a significant experimental animation production that synthesises research and development undertaken in drawing, live-action, drawing on film, under camera manipulation, stop-frame animation, pixilation and sound as art. The emphasis is placed on creative risk taking and experimentation.

Individual practice will be underpinned by astrong independent research base.

Challenging the parameters of film and video production, and identifying new approaches to the notion of art films will be encouraged as will incorporating experimentation in production and post-production stages.

The MA Animation is made up of five units totalling 180 credits.

UNIT 1: Practice 1 - Design Intention

UNIT 2: Choice of one option from the following:

  • Contested Territories
  • Digital Futures
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Images and Archives
  • Making Our Futures - Ecological Arts & Sustainable Design
  • Negotiated Study
  • Object and Context
  • The Museum and The City
  • Writing Research and Funding Proposals

UNIT 3: Practice 2 - Design Proposition

UNIT 4: Professional Platforms

UNIT 5: Practice 3 - Animation Major Project

If you choose to progress to MFA Animation award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each (120 in total).

This route is focussed on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
For further information please see: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/
International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 161 247 6969