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Full time


2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Animation Graphic Design

Course type


Course Summary

MA Character Animation is for designers, artists and illustrators who want to learn how to animate.

Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins

Practical training: You don’t need previous animation experience to study this course. You will have access to a comprehensive range of practical and technical workshops in animation techniques and supporting studies.

Engagement with performance: You will benefit from links with other courses in the Performance programme, with classes in techniques including visual storytelling, acting and movement.

Industry connections: On the course, you will be introduced to professionals from the industry, including high-profile guest lecturers. You will also take part in live projects with external agencies. Previously these have included Cartoon Network, the London Transport Museum, the National Gallery and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Award-winning graduates: Many of our graduates have gone on to impressive roles in the animation industry. Our alumni have worked at the BBC, Cartoon Network, Disney, DreamWorks and Frame store. They have also worked in Oscar-winning special effects teams on films such as Gladiator, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and acclaimed television series including Charlie and Lola and Walking with Dinosaurs. Two have also been nominated for Academy Awards for their animated short films.


In Unit 3, you will devise your own narrative and self-direct a character project film. You will also develop a proposal for a self-directed micro short film, which you can complete as an individual or in a team.

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Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows: an honours degree or an equivalent EU/international qualification.

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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