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Study objectives

MA Animation explores both the theory and practice of animation. The students will deepen their knowledge of animation and its various applications, and they become professionals who are able to work as experts and creative innovators in the animation field. They will be able to design, create and head animation productions and act as member of a team. The aim of the studies is to support the development of a student's own strengths and artistic vision, as well as critical thinking. Students will become familiar with the traditions and the current trends of animation and they are encouraged to experiment for new and fresh approaches. Ability to work in a team is central to the course, furthermore it is important to understand the different roles and disciplines in a filmmaking process (screenwriting cinematography, sound design, visual effects, production design etc.). The course supports progression to research at DA level as well as to advanced self-directed practice.

Content

The study program focuses on storytelling and visualization, character design, character animation and directing, covering almost any 2D and 3D animation techniques (from CGI to cartoon and stop frame). The students will explore a range of both technical and conceptual approaches to animation. They have the opportunity to produce short form animation across 2D & 3D to set briefs. They will also engage in theoretical seminars and analysis of animation art. The curriculum consists of lectures, exercises, workshops, masterclasses, projects and MA dissertation.

codecourse namecr
ADVANCED STUDIES IN ANIMATION90
The extent of joint master’s studies and advanced studies should be 60 ECTS credits. In addition, the student accomplishes master’s thesis work 30 ECTS credits
JOINT MASTER’S STUDIES

20

THEORY, ART, AUTEURSHIP, the student chooses min. 10 credits10

ARTX-E1011

MA-seminar

4-6

ARTX-E1000

Theory, Analysis and History

2-6

WORKING LIFE SKILLS AND PRACTICES, obligatory

10

ELO-E1013

Group Dynamics and Leadership

2

ELO-E1014

Contracts and Copyrights

4

ELO-E1015

Wellbeing at Work

2

ELO-E1016

Entrepreneurship and Working Life Skills

2

ADVANCED STUDIES IN ANIMATION, min. 40 credits

40

ARTX-E1003

Animation Design and Pre-production

3-12

ARTX-E1005

Script Development

3-6

ARTX-E1001

Character Animation

6-12

ARTX-E1004

Producing Animation

3-6

ARTX-E1007

Animation Workshops Testing

3-9

ARTX-E1008

Animation Workshops Finalizing

3-9

ARTX-E1006

VFX Visual Effects

3-6

ARTX-E1002

Animation Sound

3-6

ARTX-E1012

Animation course with Varying Content

3

MASTER’S THESIS

30

ANIM.thes

Master’s Thesis

30

ELECTIVE STUDIES

30

The student chooses max. 30 credits of elective studies. As elective studies, the student takes individual courses from other programmes, other Aalto schools, from other Finnish universities or from universities abroad as exchange studies. Practical training belongs also under elective studies. Elective studies are included in the studies in accordance with the Personal Study Plan and Degree Regulations. Normally any university-level course may be chosen as free elective, also Bachelor level courses. Some options are listed here

DOM-E5014

3D Animation 

3-12

ARTX-E1009

Experimental Animation

3-6

ARTX-E1010

Documentary Animation

3-6

ARTX-E1013

Animation for Games and VR

3-12

DOM-E5055

Motion Capture vs. Animation

3-6

DOM-E5126

Dynamic Visualization

6-8

ELO-E1017

Seventh Art

2

ELO-C4524

Film Music Workshop

3

ARTX-E1014

Animation Co-production Project

3-9