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Character Animation

University of the Arts London (UAL)

24 months
15165 GBP/year
6045 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Character Animation programme from 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.


Why choose this Character Animation programme from 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.

Careers and alumni

Based in London near the animation and post-production facilities of Soho, MA Character Animation has close links with the industry. Live projects with external agencies have included Cartoon Network, the National Theatre Archive, The National Gallery, Children’s Society and The English National Opera House.

Through lectures, demonstrations and workshops by working professionals, MA Character Animation maintains and values its links with the animation industry. We are committed to ensuring it remains commercially and artistically relevant in a volatile and fast-moving field.

The Character Animation programme from University of the Arts London (UAL) works closely with industry to ensure our graduates have the creativity, professionalism and specialist technical skills required for employment.

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)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Through lectures and critiques, you will examine key areas of the theory and context of character animation. 
  • MA Character Animation works closely with the other courses in the Performance programme, offering an unparalleled application of performance methodologies to the practice of animation. 
  • The course team believe that since animation is the representation of performance, all animators can benefit from studying movement and acting. 
  • Consequently, the course emphasises the analysis of characterisation through acting and motion through observational drawing. Animation classes are supplemented by life drawing sessions and you will also have workshops in relevant software techniques.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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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.


180 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • An honours degree 
  • Or an equivalent EU/international qualification.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15165 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15165 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    6045 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6045 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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