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When the Light Comes

Overview

Be a game changer

Key details

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Develop your understanding and expertise in different forms and genres of animation.

Programme details for 2022 entry are being updated. Please visit the website again for updated information on 1 November 2021.

Our Animation programme is world-renowned for artistic practice and innovative risk-taking. We encourage our students to deal creatively and sensitively with contemporary issues across a range of technologies and platforms. They find their own voice within a continuum of techniques, concepts and canons, and gain the critical tools, knowledge and confidence to become a game changer in the field of animation.

Structured around a potent combination of workshops, lectures, discussions, screenings and tutorials, the curriculum has a particular emphasis on developing creative content informed by collaboration and research. We take a singular approach to learning and teaching to help you develop the skills to negotiate rapid cultural and technological change.

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Facilities

The School of Communication is located in White City, London’s newest research and creative quarter.

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Our mixed-discipline studios encourage cross-disciplinary thought, awareness and action. Studio workspace is provided for each student. In addition, you have access to craft and technical workshop areas and excellent technical support in the College. These include well-equipped computer studios for print and digital moving-image production, sound editing, a letterpress and book-binding workshop.

  • Animation studio Photograph Richard Haughton

    Animation studio. Photograph: Richard Haughton

  • Group discussion, animation studio Photograph Richard Haughton

    Group discussion, animation studio Photograph Richard Haughton

  • Close-up work in the animation studio. Photograph: Richard Haughton

    Animation studio. Photograph: Richard Haughton

More details on what you'll study.

Programme details for 2022 entry are being updated. Please visit the website again for updated information on 1 November 2021.

Requirements

What you need to know before you apply

Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process will consider creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your portfolio, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high MA standards overall.

Animation attracts individuals from a notably wide range of disciplines to explore their fields through animation, including film, architecture, graphic design, literature, communication arts, performance, art history, computing, illustration, pure and applied sciences, and maths or fine art. You’re normally expected to have a BA, an equivalent qualification or professional experience.

You will be selected on the basis of a body of work that demonstrates an advanced understanding of animation and sufficient technical skill to realise intentions. We also consider evidence of your commitment to the subject, intellectual curiosity, open-mindedness, the ability to collaborate, to engage in debate and respond to criticism, and your ability to engage in sustained and consistent study.

What's needed from you

Your portfolio is a showcase of your work as an artist or designer and can be made up of images, videos or writing examples. Your portfolio helps us to better understand your application and allows you to show evidence of your ability and motivation to undertake a given programme.

Generally, we’re looking for you to demonstrate your:

  • Creativity, imagination and innovation
  • Ability to articulate the intentions of the work
  • Intellectual engagement in areas relevant to the work
  • Technical skills appropriate to the work
  • Potential to benefit from the programme

If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need the equivalent of an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) and at least 5.5 in other skills. Students achieving a grade of at least 6.0, with a grade of 5.5 in the Test of Written English, may be eligible to take the College’s English for Academic Purposes course to enable them to reach the required standard.

You are exempt from this requirement if you have received a 2.1 degree or above from a university in a majority English-speaking nation within the last two years.

If you need a Student Visa to study at the RCA, you will also need to meet the Home Office’s minimum requirements for entry clearance.

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Fees & funding

For this programme

Fees for new students

Fees for 2022 are being updated. Please visit the website again for updated information on 1 November. You'll find tuition fees for 2021 entry below.

Home
(subsidised)
£9,750 per year
£19,500 total cost*
Channel Islands and Isle of Man
(subsidised)
£14,500 per year
£29,000 total cost*
Overseas and EU
£29,000 per year
£58,000 total cost*

Deposit

New entrants to the College for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit in order to secure their place. This will be offset against the tuition fees for the first year of study.

Home
£500
Overseas and EU
£2,000

* Total cost is based on the assumption that the programme is completed in the timeframe stated in the programme details. Additional study time may incur additional charges.

Scholarships

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded for a specific programme and entry point and cannot be deferred without consent from the academic Programme and scholarships panel.

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External funding

There are many funding sources, with some students securing scholarships and others saving money from working. It is impossible to list all the potential funding sources; however, the following information could be useful.

Payments

Tuition fees are due on the first day of the academic year and students are sent an invoice prior to beginning their studies. Payments can be made in advance, on registration or in two instalments.

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