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Animation (MA)


Animation is a time-based form shared across screens that have recently become a lifeline for many. Our graduates’ works deal imaginatively and sensitively with contemporary issues using different technologies and creative media. They animate material-based textures of painting, drawing, illustration, puppetry and sculpture, digital tools and processes or mixed media. Works include mimetic narrative, playful abstraction, and expanded documentary methods enhanced by carefully considered sound design. In spite of the pandemic, most students honoured their original concepts, working creatively and imaginatively, overcoming ensuing constraints.

Themes this year include explorations of the self and identity politics, mind/body/environment relationships, existentialism and the absurd, cultural critiques of consumption, melancholic poetic reverie, incisive examinations and speculative paradigms of our rapidly changing world. Others charm or provide solace with witty narratives, fanciful observations of the everyday and celebrations of cultural diversity. Documentaries sensitively explore family issues and intergenerational conflicts. An immersive VR project invites experiences of memory, and a digital archive of imagined ‘rewilding’ creatures proposes eco-philosophical activism for future estuarine life.

RCA2020 presents works with compelling content expressed through confident and imaginative research, processes and experimentation. We welcome you to enter the unique aesthetic experiences of the imaginative worlds communicated through their creative visions.

RCA2020 MA Animation Showreel:
Twitter: @rcaanimation
Instagram: @rcaanimation @rhythmandframes
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20 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)

How We Make Work/Make It Work

Producer Abigail Addison and Animated Documentary Maker Samantha Moore discussion
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24 July 2020
17:00 (GMT + 0)

Toby Auberg and Michelle Brand in Conversation

The Aftermath (Graduating from RCA in a Very Weird Time)
29 July 2020
10:00 (GMT + 0)

Screenwriter and Script Doctor Robert Buchschwenter & Suzanne Buchan

There are no Bad Ideas, just a Lack of ideas to Make them Good!
31 July 2020
11:00 (GMT + 0)

Slow Motion Radio: Ian Gouldstone on Rhythm and Frames

Live algorithmic sound performances.
17 July 2020
17:00 (GMT + 0)

Animators in Conversation: Fiction versus Reality

Students discuss their films
21 July 2020
17:00 (GMT + 0)

Animators in Conversation: Gender, Identity & Relationships

Students discuss their films
22 July 2020
11:00 (GMT + 0)

Animators in Conversation: Self / Society / Family

Students discuss their films

The Volatility of Definition

Curated by Neville Brody


What goes wrong, and sometimes can be set right

Animadoc/ Animated Documentary/ Mockery

Curated by Otto Alder
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The Wellcome Collection invites first year students to produce a creative response inspired by the institution and the materials of the Collections that aim to connect science, medicine, life and art.
The Passion Prize for second year projects is sponsored by Becky Perryman, producer at Passion Pictures. Students submit pitches reviewed by a selection committee. Awardees this year are Richard Noble, Jiaqui Wang and Julian Gallese Cardona
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