MA Animation

University for the Creative Arts

Program Description

MA Animation

University for the Creative Arts

UCA MA Animation

MA Animation

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.

Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts: September 2018

Campus: UCA Farnham

Course overview

MA Animation at our Farnham campus has a long history of nurturing creative, innovative and challenging animators and has 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.

Course content

Stage 1: You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

Stage 2: During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Stage 3: In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities.

Industry partners

Our course actively encourages you to gain industry experience through a wide variety of approaches. These include work experience, internships, studio visits, commissions and competitions and entry into major film festivals.

We've built an extensive network of industry connections, giving us access to high-profile visiting lecturers, and to commissions, competitions and exciting work placement opportunities.

Our industry links include:

  • Aardman Animations
  • Passion Pictures
  • Mackinnon & Saunders
  • Nexus
  • Framestore
  • Cinesite
  • The Mill
  • ustwo
  • Stylorouge
  • Blink Productions
  • ITV

In the last three years, speakers on the course have included animators, directors and other creative practitioners such as:

  • Barry Purves - Oscar-nominated animator and director
  • Caroline Leaf - Oscar-nominated animator and director
  • Phillip Hunt - Oscar-nominated producer, and director at STUDIO AKA
  • Smith & Foulkes - Oscar-nominated animators and directors
  • Darren Walsh - multi-award winning commercials director of 'Meerkats'
  • Pete Saunders - director of Mackinnon & Saunders, makers of puppets for Tim Burton
  • Cyriak Harris - maverick and internet sensation
  • Joanna Quinn - film director and prize-winning animator.
  • Michael Dudok de Wit - Oscar-winning animator and director
  • Grant Orchard - BAFTA and Oscar-nominated animator and director
  • Max Hattler - renowned, award-winning artist working with animation


Animation is one of the most significant and rapidly expanding media fields. An enormous range of career opportunities exists in animation. These range from the traditional techniques of animation storytelling, drawn to model and CGI animation.

Typical careers in the industry include:

  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Animators (in commercials, films, broadcast, online media and games)
  • Editors
  • Character designers
  • Production designers
  • Pre-vis artists
  • Compositors
  • Storyboard artists
  • Post-production.

As one of the pre-eminent animation courses in the world, our sought-after alumni have landed many exciting, high-profile roles across the industry - including positions as:

  • Animators
  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Designers
  • Model makers
  • Storyboard artists
  • CG animators
  • CG riggers.

Many well-known studios have been set up by our alumni, including:

  • Astley Baker Davies (makers of Peppa Pig)
  • Mackinnon & Saunders
  • Moth Collective
  • Slurpy Studios
  • Honeycomb Animation (makers of Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids)
  • Film Fabrik
  • Animade
  • Slinky Pictures
  • Tandem Pictures.

This gives the course very solid links to a vibrant industry and we enjoy close connections with a range of creative talent, studios and potential employers.

Further study

You may want to undertake further study or research to specialise even more.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 30, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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12,640 GBP
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