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Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Animation Special Effects (Film/Video) Computer Animation

Course type


Course Summary

This course will teach you the creative and technical skills you need to work in the animation and visual effects industry. This course mixes creative and critical thinking, and will develop your technical skill-set using industry-standard software such as Maya, Nuke, and Houdini. What sets this course apart from others is how industry-facing it is. You will undertake a live project with an animation studio where you will work to a targeted brief, learn professional production pipelines, and receive feedback on your work. You will also develop a narrative-based film and showreel or breakdown reel as part of your final expo. We have great connections to the animation, film, television, video games, and comics industries, and many of our graduates have gone on to work around the world for top studios and franchises.


You could work in the following areas:

  • 3D VFX artist
  • compositor
  • character designer
  • technical director
  • environments designer

Graduates have also gone on to study for a PhD or to work in education.


This module seeks to establish self-motivated study leading to the production development of a project. The skills required for autonomous learning, such as self-evaluation, analytical and critical awareness and their application to an individual learning plan are essential to achieve this synergy. Advanced elective Masterclasses are offered and the continued development of an individual Programme of Study proposal is supported by tutorial supervision, reflection on practice and group critical debate.

Tuition fees

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International fees
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Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree in an appropriate discipline, although applicants with other qualifications or relevant professional experience will also be considered. You will need to submit a showreel of your work. This will need to be around 1-2 minutes in duration and uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. You will also need to upload a portfolio of up to 15 images.