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1 year
September 2024

Our MA Animation course will enable you to enhance your animation skills under the supervision of industry professionals. Whether you’re looking to create brilliant character animation, an outstanding animated film, or develop amazing sound design skills, we’ll help you to master your craft.

Why study with us

  • Opportunities to work on ‘live’ projects with industry connections and build up an impressive portfolio of professional-standard work.
  • You’ll have access to extensive studio, workshop and computer facilities equipped with the very latest specialist software.
  • Key facilities include stop motion studios with lighting rigs, computer suites, rostrum suites for traditional animation and stop motion, a recording studio, and 3D printing and scanning.
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MA Animation student showreel

Degree Show 2024

Discover the award-winning creative work produced by our postgraduate Animation students. The degree show features work in a range of mediums by students from the School of Arts & Media.

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What you’ll do

  • You’ll get the chance to take part in our unique cJAM employability event, where you can pitch to industry professionals offering placements and work opportunities.
  • Regular visiting industry professionals and trips to animation festivals will help and encourage you to network with the animation industry and are a key part of this course.
  • You'll be taught by professionals who have created and directed their own animation series for terrestrial broadcast - Channel 4 and BBC. Sarah Ann Kennedy and Mark Mason still work in the industry today and have active academic research profiles.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Adobe Creative Cloud

Unleash your creativity at anytime, anywhere. From September 2024, you'll have access to the industry-standard Adobe Creative Cloud package on both your personal device and on campus. Get hands-on with this widely recognised package and create a portfolio that showcases your skills.

Academic expertise

This course is taught by a dedicated animation team who have extensive industry experience. Course leader Sarah Ann Kennedy, for instance, is also the voice of Mrs Rabbit in Peppa Pig and Nanny Plum in Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. Mark Mason is an experienced 2D animation director who has worked in the industry for over 20 years. There are a number of other experienced animators and model makers on hand to give you advice and support.

During the course you’ll benefit from opportunities to hear from keynote industry speakers as they describe their career journey and offer their expert advice.

Through our unique cJAM employability event you’ll get to meet up to 30 successful industry professionals face-to-face and pitch for valuable work placement opportunities.

Mark Mason
Lecturer in Animation

Future careers

Our Animation graduates have gone on to enjoy successful careers as animators, model-makers, editors, directors, scriptwriters, set designers and sound designers.

Others have gone on to work at major companies such as Nintendo, The factory, McKinnon and Saunders, Sony Pictures, TT Games, Soccer Manager, the BBC and many others.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year
Full-time£9,450 per year
Part-time£1,050 per 20 credits
Full-time£17,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Arts and Media

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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