Digital animation and new literacies
May – July 2013
This course is about how to use digital animation in primary and secondary education settings, how to interpret an animation, and the basics of how to make one yourself.
You will probably be a primary teacher looking after ICT and literacy, or an arts and media secondary teacher. Or you may just be looking for new ways of bringing literacy into your classroom or City Learning Centre, or working in a family or youth arts setting.
What level of course is it and how is it accredited?
The course is a Masters Level module, worth 30 credits or one sixth of the MA in Culture, Media and Communication at the London University, Institute of Education.
What does it cover?
The course covers:
- an overview of how animation can support learning, and thinking about some examples you’ve seen.
- a solid grounding in animation as a form, and how to combine techniques with digital technology.
- an introduction to making a short digital animation and exploring texts with your students.
How long is it?
The course starts on Wednesday 1 May 2013 and you’ll need to submit your coursework by Monday 2 September 2013.
There’s a two-day workshop at the beginning of the course on 25 and 26 April 2013 and a one-day workshop held towards the end of the course on 20 June 2013. Seminar timings are always 10:00 – 16:00, and are held in London at BFI Southbank (Waterloo).
What is distance learning?
It’s a flexible way to learn at your own pace, fitting in around your life and work. It’s particularly good for professional development because everything you learn in this course is relevant to your career.
It’s a mixture of face-to-face teaching, course materials via the Virutal Learning Enviroment (Moodle) where you’ll be able to access all of the course materials (articles, activities and exercises, podcasts, video, lectures or presentations in PowerPoint) as well as have online group discussions, share video work and get feedback from your tutor.
How is the course structured?
The first workshop will involve practical activities, and after that you’ll be set reading tasks, discussions and other online activities on the VLE.
At the final one-day workshop in late June we will screen your practical work and evaluate it.
How is the course assessed?
Assessment is by two pieces of work:
- a written assignment (2,500 words) on how animation can be used to support learning, and a reflection on your film and the process of making it.
- a piece of animation that shows you understand some of the key principles of production, both online and offline.
What course materials are provided?
You’ll find all your reading material on the VLE and we’ll provide everything you need for the workshops.
Who tutors the course?
Staff from the Institute of Education, University of London and the British Film Institute.
What can I do when I finish the course?
The course will give you a good grounding in digital animation and how to use it in an education context.
This module is part of the London University, Institute of Education, MA in Media, Culture and Communication and you can take other distance learning modules as part of that MA. For more information on these and other aspects of the whole MA please visit ioe.ac.uk.
How can I apply?
You can apply using the UKPASS website.
The course fee is £908 for UK and EU students and £2050 for overseas students.