MA Special Effects (Full Time)

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Designed in collaboration with industry, this MA is aimed at highly motivated students, offering the opportunity to study special effects at an advanced level within an art, design and media environment.

Digital technology has revolutionised how the creative industries now conceive, create, produce and distribute visual and media artefacts, and there is a demand for visual, media-savvy practitioners who can work confidently in multidisciplinary environments.

This MA has been designed in conjunction with leading industry professionals such as Competent Crew FX and Pew36 Animation Studio. You will learn alongside experienced practitioners from the television industry and benefit from our we…

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Designed in collaboration with industry, this MA is aimed at highly motivated students, offering the opportunity to study special effects at an advanced level within an art, design and media environment.

Digital technology has revolutionised how the creative industries now conceive, create, produce and distribute visual and media artefacts, and there is a demand for visual, media-savvy practitioners who can work confidently in multidisciplinary environments.

This MA has been designed in conjunction with leading industry professionals such as Competent Crew FX and Pew36 Animation Studio. You will learn alongside experienced practitioners from the television industry and benefit from our well-established industry links, such as Frame Doctors.

This highly specialist course provides an opportunity to specialise in either the design and crafting of CGI animation, using digital devices or crafting of physical special effects, using animatronics devices, or the conceptualisation, design and crafting of visual effects.

All study units will develop theoretical and critical approachesto your specialism and support the design, prototyping and production
of polished, functional artefacts for your portfolio. Alternatively, you
may wish to concentrate your studies in the conceptual, theoretical and critical areas of your chosen specialism.

Our highly qualified, research-active staff are committed to developing your creative futures, skills and talents, and you will work closely with specialist tutors who match your specific research interests.

We also offer a regular programme of high-profile guest lecturers which aims to inspire and inform by conducting workshops and providing industry feedback on your work and the opportunities for employment.

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Industrial focus

Live projects and case studies delivered by our industry partners
will ensure that you gain experience in working to real professional
briefs, and that you will be supported in undertaking extensive work experience.

Course content

  • Research Methods
  • Concept Design and Prototyping*
  • Professional Studio Practice*
  • Dissertation
  • Major Project.

* These units will be delivered via blended learning on a placement basis within relevant SFX companies. In addition, students will be able to develop their Major Project in liaison with industry, subject to achieving course and unit outcomes.

Assessment

There are a variety of assessment methods, from studio projects and workshop and media outcomes to group and individual case studies and written assignments. Industry representatives are invited to assess your work.

Key career skills

Problem solving, research and analysis techniques, teamwork, written and oral communication, and managing projects from initial conception through to final presentation.

Projects/work experience

You will be based in a company for part of the course but required to attend seminars and tutorials at the University.

Why Solent is special

  • Professional accreditation: Accredited by Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the Creative Media, as part of the University's Skillset Media Academy, a national centre of excellence in media education. Employers will recognise that your education is provided by tutors who understand current industry practice, using industry-standard facilities.
  • Staff expertise: Dr Johnny Issapour, course leader, is the first academic in the UK with a PhD in special effects and animatronics. His current research focuses on human and animal physiology and the durability of materials such as silicon, latex and rubber foam for textured facial animatronics models.
  • Special facilities: Supported by a dedicated team of technicians, you will have access to a stop-motion studio, equipped with high-definition cameras as well as green/ blue screen facilities, and we will build your confidence in using the latest post-production software.
  • Field trips: A study trip to Disneyland Paris will focus on the practice and theory of 2D and 3D digital animation and investigate how new digital technologies have helped to re-invent animation as a visual art-form. During visits to special effects companies in the UK, you will examine the process from initial idea, through concept development to post-production.
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