15 months
18890 GBP/year
9240 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


MA Animation (online) explores both the theory and practice of animation across a broad range of experimental visual media.


MA Animation (Online) will give you the tools to express your creative ideas using a range of visual media. 

In an era with unparalleled opportunities for skilled visual communicators, and with advancing technologies changing how the moving image is experienced by audiences, we teach animation as an experimental visual practice. 

You’ll be encouraged to test boundaries and experiment to find your own creative voice. You’ll also explore meaningful themes while learning how to engage with audiences through multi-disciplinary approaches, and outline critical ideas in visual culture with reference to contemporary, personal, social, ethical, cultural, political, religious and environmental issues. 

What to expect

Throughout the course, you will:

  • Develop accomplished skills in animation practice, evidenced in a portfolio of work

  • Test creative ideas within a critical framework

  • Learn vital teamwork skills which reflect the workflows of professional practice

  • Develop a deeper knowledge of the theory underpinning your own practice

  • Also be expected to have access to a computer, drawing tablet, camera, microphone and good internet connection. Software such as Toon Boom and Maya will be provided for free, although you may be required to purchase other programmes at an educational price.

Work experience and opportunities

Enterprise and employability are central to the design of the course, enabling you to develop your creative, technical and academic skills, and to apply these to your own creative practice. 

You’ll have opportunities to take part in projects such as live briefs and industry partnerships, working with teammates and client briefs before presenting your work in progress and final outcomes. 

You’ll also be supported to develop professional tools of self-presentation such as CVs and showreels, make your own industry connections, and explore industry opportunities on both local and international levels. 

Programme Structure

Autumn, term 1

  • Experimental Critical Practice and Research 
  • Design for Animation, Narrative Structures and Film Language 
Spring, term 2

  • Animation Practice and Process 
  • Collaborative Unit 
Summer and Autumn, terms 3 and 4 

  • Professional Skills and Situating Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The deadline has passed. However, this course will remain open until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible.



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

An applicant will normally be considered for admission if they have achieved an educational level equivalent to an honours degree in either animation, illustration, visual communication, graphic design or closely related subject, and present a portfolio of moving-image work. However, we do not exclude candidates who have graduated from other less strongly aligned disciplines.

This educational level may be demonstrated by:

  • Honours degree (named above);
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications;
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required;
  • Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.
APEL (Accreditation of Prior Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18890 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18890 GBP per year during 15 months.
  • National

    9240 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9240 GBP per year during 15 months.


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