Film & Television Studies MA

Animation FTV4001

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course is intended to introduce students to a wide variety of different films and filmmaking techniques under the category of 'animation.'  Students will view and analyse both drawn animation, 'model' animation (stop motion animation) as well as computer generated animation.


1 x 5hr sessions per week over 10 weeks, as scheduled in MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Film and Television Studies and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available in MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Essay (3,500 words) - 60%,

Essay (1,500 words) - 40%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to: 

■ introduce students to a wide range of films categorised as 'animation'

■ present students with the expanding critical literature on animation

■ examine a diverse range of animation techniques and analyse the variety of effects that may be achieved through different kinds of film-making practice

■ provide students with a sense of the historical, industrial and social context for the films

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ gain a critical understanding of the term 'animation' and have viewed a satisfactory range of different kinds of animated film

■ explore and engage with critical writing on animation

■ describe and reflect upon different animation techniques and the way in which particular techniques may create certain effects

■  engage with the importance of the historical, industrial and social context to the production and reception of animated films

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.