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Full time | Escape Studios | 1 year | 15-FEB-22

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MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

Master the art of 3D Animation

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

During the first 18 weeks you’ll learn your craft from the comfort of your home and master advanced practises, such as creature interaction, dialogue and lipsync. You will then put your skills to test by working on two industry standard projects, creating high quality animations that can form part of your showreel.

At the end of the degree you will have earned a postgraduate qualification, have a showreel of computer animation work, a thorough understanding of the animation/vfx industry and the skills and connections to kick-start your creative career.

Our Head of Animation, Alex Williams, has developed the MA 3D Animation programme, bringing his experience from working at leading studios including Disney, DreamWorks, Fox, Warner Bros and Sony. The course will be led by Alex with guest lectures from animation professionals working in the industry.

Why choose this course

  • Postgraduate level training. If you are serious about building a career in computer animation, this course will give you the qualification. confidence, skills and connections to start applying for roles in the industry.
  • This course is hands-on. You’ll be in the studio, working on high-spec hardware to master your animation skills. We offer small class sizes so you’ll get plenty of 1-2-1 time with your tutor.
  • Experienced tutors. You can’t teach what you don’t know, so that’s why we employ the best. All of our tutors have worked in the industry and you’ll have industry feedback sessions with professionals.
  • AfterCare to help you get hired. Our alumni AfterCare package will help you polish your showreel and find the right job - with access to showreel clinics, studio access for 12 months and use of tons of resources on our virtual learning environment.
  • You'll graduate with a globally recognised MA qualification from the University of Kent. Known as the UK’s European University, the University of Kent is ranked 23rd in The Guardian University Guide 2017.

Where will this get me?

On completion of the course you will graduate with a postgraduate qualification and the technical skills required by the industry, helping you break into the animation world and make an impact.

Animation artists often start out in junior roles, but can rise to become mid-level and senior role such as Lead Animators and Technical Directors. From here the path is open to becoming an Animation Supervisor.

Our alumni, dubbed ‘Escapees’ go on to work in many areas of the industry including 3D animation for films, TV, games, and visual effects. Escapees from our Animation courses are now working at companies including: Pixar, BlueZoo and Framestore. Read more about our successful alumni

All of our courses will be running in 2021, regardless of the COVID-19 situation - whilst conforming to government guidelines. We will be delivering our daytime short courses and postgraduate degrees in our studios, with the option to study live online for those who prefer. Our evening short courses will be running live online only until further notice. We are committed to providing you with an authentic student experience, whether it be in the studio or online in one of our virtual classrooms.


In this module students will study the following topics: General Introduction to Maya, General Principles of Animation and an Introduction to Locomotion, Introduction to Character Animation, More on Character Animation.

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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 ranked 5th in the world by the Rookies, a Rookies Certified School, a Houdini Certified School, and the only Unreal Engine Authorized Training Center in the UK....more

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