University for the Creative Arts

12 months
12300 GBP/year
6000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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MA Animation at UCA Farnham has strong interdisciplinary approach to the animated form in traditional 2D and 3D stop motion animation. The master in animation encourages the use of digital and new media practices including CGI, flash, visual FX (after-effects) and experimental approaches to moving image. You develop your master in animation project using narrative/non-narrative practices and/or animated documentaries grounded in visual and animation theory.

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Our MA Animation course builds on our long history of providing highly regarded animation education at UCA Farnham, and will provide you with a strong interdisciplinary approach to the animated form. We offer a dynamic environment in which you'll be able to engage with the animated form in traditional 2D and 3D stop motion, as well as the theoretical aspects of the discipline.

This course attracts students from around the world and has a rich cultural mix. You'll approach animation as a broad discipline and be encouraged to engage with experimental and speculative approaches to making through a range of projects, which will culminate in the production of a high quality animated film.

MA Animation at our Farnham campus has a long history of nurturing creative, innovative and challenging animators and has an incomparable alumni. This course will support you in developing practical skills while fostering a high standard of diverse critical approaches.

On this course you'll be encouraged to take risks, explore and develop your interests, and exchange, debate and discuss your ideas. You'll be expected to produce original and exciting films during your time with us, and explore the wide range of creative possibilities of frame-by -frame filmmaking. We'll encourage you to be open to these possibilities and to develop new skills, as well as building on your existing ones.

Your studies will be supported by internationally renowned staff on a course that is proud to have no house style. We'll encourage you to explore your own natural inclinations - whether narrative, experimental, documentary or fiction. This will enable you to establish yourself as a rounded professional who can formulate ideas in a sophisticated framework.

Our course uses a wide range of technical resources that cover the whole spectrum of contemporary animation practice, from traditional drawn and stop motion animation to the latest digitally generated imagery.

Key study topics include:
  • Develop new skills
  • Research, communication and presentation methods
  • Develop proposed line of research
  • Develop your project, extending your initial ideas
  • Work experience
  • Exposition of central ideas and concepts developed throughout the course
  • Resolve project as practice-based work or produce a dissertation or a combination of both

Programme Structure

Critical Contexts

This unit explores the contemporary and historical contexts of media production. Current theories about media, communication and digital cultures will be examined through questioning ideas around representation, time, technologies and storytelling.

Skills and Development: Animation Practice

This unit allows you to further your knowledge and technical ability within your own animation practice. Through a series of practical workshops and lectures, you'll cover pre-production and research, sound design, storyboarding and animatics, animation techniques and editing.

Animation Production

You'll build on the research questions you initiated and explored in the Skills and Development unit. This is the period within which you'll undertake the majority of your production work for your film. Throughout the unit, you'll be encouraged to critically reflect on the development of your project.

Project Delivery and Professional Context: Animation

This allows you to reflect on the work that you've produced so far, and resolve it into a form that allows for completion and delivery of your animated film.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline
  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.
  • MA Animation is designed for candidates with previous animation experience. Our course encourages you to refine your practice, rather than introduce you to the principles of animation. If animation is new to you, we'd suggest enrolling on the Graduate Diploma in Art & Design before undertaking our ma programme. Find out more information about the Graduate Diploma

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


Studying abroad may seem like a big financial commitment, however if you control your finances well and budget ahead then you will find it much more manageable.

Funding available from UCA

  • Fixed fees - UCA operates a fixed fees policy which means that once you enrol on your course, your fees remain at the same level for each year of study until you graduate.This means that if you start a pre-degree course and continue onto an undergraduate course and then an MA, your fees will remain unchanged over the course of your studies. For more information about the fixed fees policy please see the fixed fees web pages.
  • International Student Fund - is a limited fund for supporting International and EU students experiencing unexpected financial crisis. An example of this could be because your usual source of income has either been delayed or lost, or you have had to pay unplanned and unavoidable costs. For further information please contact UCA's advice centres, contact details for them can be found on the advice and student finances pages.
  • UCA Creative Scholarships - designed to support students in a variety of disciplines, allocated on merit, with eligibility varying from scholarship to scholarship. Details about these will be available from spring 2013. Please visit our UCA Creative Scholarships pages for more information.

Financial support available from other sources

  • Your local British Council office - can provide you with details of scholarships and other sources of funding that you can apply for as an international student. For details of British Council offices where you live, please see UCA in your country and click on the Country Contacts for your country.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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