University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

This course explores both the theory and practice of animation aiming to give students the tools to be able to express creative ideas using a broad range of experimental visual media. They will investigate the production of animation in an era with unparalleled opportunities for skilled visual communicators. The central ethos of the course is to give students enough freedom and guidance to test and discover creative ideas within a critical framework in balance with developing the accomplished production skills across 2D, 2.5D, 3D, stop'motion and drawn animation, to realise their creative goals. Students will develop skills in narrative storytelling and interpreting ideas for the flat screen and will also be encouraged to work across multiple formats, exploring how animation can be used in different contexts such as in the fine arts i.e. installation and in digital media, exploring the online, mobile and interactive opportunities for animation practice.

Course Modules

Modules include: (20 credits) design for animation, narrative structures and film language; collaborative unit; (40 credits) animation practice and process 3D and 2D; experimental critical practice and research; (60 credits) final major project and thesis.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,500 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £17,920 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • An Honours degree or equivalent professional qualifications, with a minimum of 3 years relevant professional experience. Applicants who do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) i.e. professional experience or a combination of courses and work experience. All potential candidates are interviewed. Applicants may be asked to present a portfolio of work or relevant written or published work. They will need to demonstrate knowledge of the worlds of journalism and engage in critical discussion. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent), with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the 4 skills.