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15 months

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Graphic Design Animation Software (Use) Computer Animation Visual Communication

Course type


Course Summary

MA 3D Computer Animation is a practice-led course that explores both the theory and practice of digital 3D animation in film, television, games and interactive applications. With new and emerging technologies changing how we make, understand and experience animation, you'll be encouraged to push boundaries and explore the practices of animation from a variety of critical and professional perspectives.

In an era of unparalleled opportunities for skilled visual players and sequential image-makers, you will create, explore and play with 3D digital technologies and develop a specialist personal practice.

The animation industry is rapidly evolving, with new developments in real-time animation and immersive digital world-building.

Through experimentation and learning of advanced technical skills, you’ll instigate innovative approaches driven by critical understanding and self-reflection.

During the course, you’ll create 3D computer animation sequences and assets, both individually and as part of creative teams comprising students from different media disciplines.

The course curriculum covers to two main areas:

Animation for Film and Motion Graphics

In this area, you'll learn the skills to be a specialist in the latest technologies within animation, lighting and compositing. Building on the principles of animation, cinematography and film language, you’ll explore filmic storytelling and characterization within short animated sequences, motion graphics and/or short films.

Animation for Games and Immersive Storytelling

You’ll learn specialist 3D animation techniques such as real-time animation, environment design, interactive design and 360° storytelling.


3D Computer Animation Fundamentals (40 Credits)
Design for Animation, Narrative Structures and Film Language (20 Credits)
Advanced and Experimental 3D Computer Animation Techniques (40 Credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 Credits)
Advanced and Experimental 3D Computer Animation Techniques (40 Credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 Credits)

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Entry requirements

Applicant will normally be considered for admission if they have achieved an educational level equivalent to an honours degree in either animation, illustration, visual communication, graphic design or closely related subject, and present a portfolio of moving-image work. However, we do not exclude candidates who have graduated from other less strongly aligned disciplines.

University information

University of the Arts London (UAL) is one of the world’s leading and most prestigious arts universities, maintaining an internationally renowned list of alumni. Being located in London, it is an ideal place to study a postgraduate qualification and get connected to a thriving creative sector. With modern campus sites spread across London, UAL offers over 100 taught postgraduate degree courses at the university’s six specialist colleges and...more

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