Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Worldbuilding & Creature Design

Leeds Arts University

Entry requirements

At enrolment you should normally have achieved:
  • An undergraduate UK honours degree or international equivalent in a subject related to your proposed course of study or;
  • A degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma /professional qualification
You will also need:
  • one reference to support your application from an academic or a creative practitioner
  • a proposal outlining your intentions for postgraduate study
Applicants who hold a degree from another discipline or have experiential learning in lieu of a degree that can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills may also be considered for entry, subject to an interview and the submission of a satisfactory portfolio related work in support of their application.

Months of entry


Course content

We are intending to bring together our MAs in Worldbuilding and Creature Design. This is in response to industry demand for pre-production specialisms and will enable us to bring together practitioners who want to create immersive worlds along with opportunities to develop creatures that can interact with imaginative, yet to be explored environments.
The course is the first of its kind in the UK. The Creature Design aspects open career opportunities in film, game and comic industries as well as work supporting scientific research, such as visualising prehistoric life or paleo reconstruction, evolution and life on other planets, known as speculative biology. The Worldbuilding aspects invites students to create richly-detailed cultural, historical and futuristic worlds for careers in the entertainment industry, production and research.
Candidates are encouraged to position their work within a professional context to help inform the visual output and appropriate production method. There may be opportunities for cross-disciplinary influences and peer review.
The course provides the critical and progressive space to explore the processes and contexts to visualise and build immersive, believable and sustainable new worlds and creatures.
Developing a body of self-negotiated work, you will be supported by a team with diverse research and practical interests and work closely with visiting industry professionals.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Leeds Arts University