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MA / PG Dip / PG Cert Animation

Course Description

Practitioners from Bristol's leading animation studios support both the development and delivery of this course, offering professional advice and guidance through workshops and master classes. You will also have the opportunity to be mentored one-to-one by industry professionals.

You will learn from the best in the business, gaining industry insight as well as work experience opportunities and the chance to attend networking events and screenings.

A strong focus on long term employability, ensures you graduate as a multi-skilled lifelong learner, with confidence, connections and a desire to further develop and enhance your practice.

Key benefits

Learn your craft from internationally renowned practitioners. We have partnerships with the region’s animation industry - including Aardman Aanimations, A Productions and Arthur Cox - and students have the opportunity to get feedback on their films from leading industry professionals.

Course detail

The course is based at Bower Ashton Campus, part of City Campus, where exceptional facilities and resources include state-of-the-art digital media, production and fabrication workshops offer a combination of traditional tools and the latest technology.
Based in Bristol, a global centre of excellence in animation, film and television production, it attracts students from around the world. Bristol is the place to study animation, home to Aardman Animations, A Productions, Arthur Cox and other internationally renowned animation companies.


• Developing Practice in Animation (30 credits)
• Pre-Production for Animation (30 credits)
• Production for Animation (45 credits)
• Professional Practice in Animation 1 (15 credits)
• Post Production for Animation (45 credits)
• Professional Practice in Animation 2 (15 credits)


The full Master's course comprises of 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Masters. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.


The course is taught via practical workshops, a rolling programme of guest lecturers and industry speakers and there are opportunities for work experience within the industry.


You will be assessed through a combination of practical work, presentations and written assignments.

Careers / Further study

This postgraduate course will allow you to return to industry with enhanced skills and further experience or start afresh in the diverse field of animation. The course content and structure enables you to pursue your interests and specialisms whether in 2D/drawn, CG, stop motion or other forms of animation in a range of roles including direction, production, storyboarding, model-making, layout, design and teaching.

Past students have gained employment and worked on productions throughout the worldwith companies such as: Aardman Animations, A Productions, Wonky, Rumpus and Sun and Moon.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the MA / PG Dip / PG Cert Animation page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

(Student Profile)


I have especially enjoyed how open the tutors are, which has been one of the most important aspects of the course for me and allowed me to step out of my comfort zone. I embarked on my final project without knowing where it would take me but the techincal skills I gained during the course and the support of my tutors gave me the confidence to pursue it.


Entry Requirements

We are looking for highly motivated creative students with some prior experience in animation or a related area. Usually applicants will have an honours degree in the Visual Arts but those with other academic qualifications or relevant professional experience are also encouraged to apply.

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