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Full time | Escape Studios | 1 year | 19-FEB-24

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MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary


Take your animations to the next level by unlocking your creative potential.

Advancements in technology and the boom of the VFX industry have made computer animation one of the fastest growing industries, with an estimated value of £1.6bn in the UK only (source Creative UK).

This postgraduate qualification is designed for students who want to take their computer animation skills to the highest level.

During the first 18 weeks, common with our popular Advanced Animation course, you’ll learn your craft and master advanced practices, such as creature interaction, dialogue and lipsync. We'll then take you to the next level and put your skills to test with two major industry-standard projects, including a collaborative group project just like in a studio. You’ll create high-quality animations to use in your showreel.

At the end of the degree, you’ll have earned a postgraduate qualification, have a showreel of cool animation work and a deep understanding of the animation and visual effects industries.

Our industry connections, experienced tutors, who boast credits including The Lion King, Godzilla and Doctor Strange, Talent Development Team and Aftercare programme will help you build your network to kick-start your creative career.


Ranked 2nd in the UK - and 10th in the world for Animation Excellence by The Rookies

Ranked 3rd in the UK - and 8th in Europe in the Animation Career Review’s school ranking

Based in London - home to some of the best animation studios in the world

Industry feedback - receive industry-standard critique from an expert in their field. Previous studio partners for our animation course have included Blue Zoo, Passion Animation Studios and Framestore

Industry briefs - work on industry-standard briefs and experience real-life scenarios, just like in a professional studio

Professional input - our advisory board of experts, from the likes of DNEG (Avengers: Endgame and Oscar-winning Dune) and Cinesite (Iwájú and Thor: Love and Thunder), help develop and keep this degree relevant

Successful alumni - you'll join our community of thousands of Escapees, many of whom have gone on to work at some of the world’s top studios. 31 Escapees worked on Thor: Love and Thunder, 28 on Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and 16 on Stranger Things

Aftercare package - we'll help you polish your showreel and find the right job, with access to our studios and showreel clinics for 12 months

Industry-standard facilities - study in a studio environment that mirrors current industry practice, using professional software such as Maya

Flexibility - choose to study live online if you can’t travel or need a visa to study in the UK. The final 24 weeks are project based and can be organised around a part-time job or personal schedule

Recognised degree - graduate with a postgraduate MA qualification from the University of Kent which will boost your employability around the world.

Career opportunities

“The UK is home to distinct and highly successful centres of animation production excellence throughout the country, including Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.” (source Animation UK)

You’ll graduate with a postgraduate qualification, strong creative, technical and soft skills, including collaboration and communication, and a killer portfolio put together with advice from tutors and industry professionals.


This module involves a self-directed project demonstrating the extent of your knowledge and understanding of the chosen subject matter.

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Entry requirements

An undergraduate honours degree with a significant component in the field of animation or related discipline. Applicants without a degree who have significant industry experience in animation or related creative subjects will be considered. Suitable applicants will be asked to submit a creative portfolio.

University information

Escape Studios has been at the forefront of creative education since 2002, supplying the industry with studio-ready talent and offering undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses in Visual Effects (VFX), Game Art and Computer Animation. As a leader in digital arts, Escape Studios is ranked first in the UK and fourth in the world by the Rookies, a Rookies Certified School, a Houdini Certified School, and the only Unreal Engine Authorized...more

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