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MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

MA Animation (online) explores both the theory and practice of animation across a broad range of experimental visual media.

Course overview

MA Animation (Online) will give you the tools to express your creative ideas using a range of visual media.

In an era with unparalleled opportunities for skilled visual communicators, and with advancing technologies changing how the moving image is experienced by audiences, we teach animation as an experimental visual practice.

You’ll be encouraged to test boundaries and experiment to find your own creative voice. You’ll also explore meaningful themes while learning how to engage with audiences through multi-disciplinary approaches, and outline critical ideas in visual culture with reference to contemporary, personal, social, ethical, cultural, political, religious and environmental issues.

What to expect

Throughout the course, you will:

  • Develop accomplished skills in animation practice, evidenced in a portfolio of work
  • Test creative ideas within a critical framework
  • Learn vital teamwork skills which reflect the workflows of professional practice
  • Develop a deeper knowledge of the theory underpinning your own practice
  • Also be expected to have access to a computer, drawing tablet, camera, microphone and good internet connection. Software such as Toon Boom and Maya will be provided for free, although you may be required to purchase other programmes at an educational price.

Assessment methods

  • Portfolio of work
  • Prepared writing
  • Crits and presentations


In this unit, you?ll engage in a programme of theoretical seminars that explore the cinematic underpinning of animation culture and practice. This knowledge will form the technical and conceptual basis for subsequent units of the course.

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Entry requirements

This educational level may be demonstrated by honours degree (named above); possession of equivalent qualifications; prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required; or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

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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