24 months
14725 GBP/year
5870 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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MA Character Animation course at University of the Arts London (UAL) is for designers, artists and illustrators who want to learn how to animate. This course is part of the Performance programme.

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Why choose this  Character Animation course at  University of the Arts London (UAL)

  • Practical training: You don’t need previous animation experience to study this course. You will have access to a comprehensive range of practical and technical workshops in animation techniques and supporting studies.
  • Engagement with performance: You will benefit from links with other courses in the Performance programme, with classes in techniques including visual storytelling, acting and movement.
  • Industry connections: On the course, you will be introduced to professionals from the industry, including high-profile guest lecturers. You will also take part in live projects with external agencies. Previously these have included Cartoon Network, the London Transport Museum, the National Gallery and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Award-winning graduates: Many of our graduates have gone on to impressive roles in the animation industry. Our alumni have worked at the BBC, Cartoon Network, Disney, Dreamworks and Framestore. They have also worked in Oscar-winning special effects teams on films such as Gladiator, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and acclaimed television series including Charlie and Lola and Walking with Dinosaurs. Two have also been nominated for Academy Awards for their animated short films.


Our graduates have worked with companies like Aldis Animation, BBC, Studio AKA, Cartoon Network, Chase Animation Studios, Cinesite, Dreamworks, EA Games, Flush Draw, Framestore, HRA, Michael Dudok de Wit, the Mill, Moving Picture Company, Richard Purdum Productions, Passion Pictures, Pesky, Saatchi & Saatchi, Slinky Pictures, Tiger Aspect, Tandem, Twelve Foot Nine, Uli Meyer Studios, Unit 9.

Short films created by MA Character Animation students have been nominated for prizes at:

  • Austin, Texas IFF Short Animation Award
  • BAF
  • Bitfilm Festival Germany
  • British Animation Awards
  • Cinanima Onda Curto Award, Portugal
  • CobraVision (ITV4)
  • Dervio International Animation Festival
  • Edinburgh IFF McLaren Award for British Animation
  • Festival Internazionale del Cinema d'Arte
  • Foyle Film Festival Animation Award
  • Junior Animator Award | MESH (Channel 4)
  • Microsoft Xbox Outstanding Student Award
  • Propeller TV Studentfest

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.


IELTS or TOEFL needed


180 alternative credits


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.
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).
6.5 (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.
58 (required)

Other requirements

General requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • An honours degree 
  • Or an equivalent EU/international qualification.
  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)
  • Current English language level

  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14725 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14725 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5870 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5870 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.


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