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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    60 weeks

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Home/EU: £5,000 per year. International: £12,430 per year. Home/EU alumni receive a £500 per year discount.

  • Last Updated

    18 March 2019

Course content


MA Character Animation specialises in one area – animation of characters. You’ll build universal skills and contextual awareness based on an understanding of motion, characterisation and performance. This course will help you become a reflective, innovative practitioner, well placed to succeed in this fast-moving industry.


Instead of trying to cover every aspect of a complex subject, this postgraduate course specialises in one area - animation of characters. You'll broaden and challenge your contextual awareness of animation while gaining advanced skills in communication, project management and technique.

MA Character Animation's distinctive features include:

Links with Drama Centre London enabling unrivalled use of performance techniques through classes in Storytelling, Acting and Movement Studies

Classes in Animation History & Theory, Life Drawing and Anatomy that complement the technical animation curriculum

Simulated work experience through team projects, with each first-year student allocated a current practitioner as mentor

Wide-ranging commercial and creative partners in London and beyond, including the National Gallery

An extensive alumni networking community

The course is supported and advised by Visiting Professor Shelley Page, Dreamworks.

Great reasons to apply

  • MA Character Animation enables you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities. You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies; your taught input will normally be scheduled over a maximum of two to three days per week during term time
  • No previous animation experience needed – if you have shown us the potential to be an animator you'll have access to a comprehensive range of practical and technical workshops in animation techniques and supporting studies
  • Develop the performance of your animated characters - you’ll benefit from links with Drama Centre London, with classes in performance techniques including Visual Storytelling, Acting and Movement Studies
  • You’ll experience simulated work experience through team projects
  • You’ll enjoy close links with the industry, including numerous high profile guest lecturers, and take part in live projects with external agencies, who have previously included the London Transport Museum, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Cartoon Network and the National Gallery
  • Short films created by students on the course have been nominated for prizes at numerous festivals and competitions including the British Animation Awards, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, Taiwan International Student Design Competition, Virgin Media Shorts and Soho Rushes
  • Many of our graduates find employment in the animation industry, in London and beyond. They have worked in Oscar-winning special effects teams on films such as Gladiator, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter; acclaimed television series like Walking with Dinosaurs and Charlie and Lola; commercials; award-winning websites; TV graphics and games.


MA Character Animation lasts 60 weeks structured as two consecutive periods of 30 weeks each (i.e. two academic years) in its 'extended full-time mode'.

MA Character Animation is credit rated at 180 credits, and comprises 2 units:

Unit 1 (60 credits) lasts 20 weeks

Unit 2 (120 credits) runs for 10 weeks in the first year and 30 weeks in the second year.

Visit the MA Character Animation page on the University of the Arts London website for more details!




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