Taught course

Animation and VFX

University of Dundee · Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree in an appropriate discipline, although applicants with other qualifications or relevant professional experience will also be considered. Please visit the course webpage for full details of the items you should submit with your application.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Animation & VFX is an exciting Masters course which allows a much broader interpretation of traditional animation. Digital animation techniques have allowed us to visualise the world around us from the farthest reaches of space to the darkest depths of the oceans.

With the increasing appetite for fantastic stories and images there has never been a better opportunity for animators, artists and designers to develop new ways of communicating different stories. Using 2D and 3D computer animation, practitioners are shaping our knowledge and understanding in areas as diverse as digital visual effects, medical imaging, architecture, environmental design, product design and film making.

The Masters is a one-year programme, across three semesters. Core modules and optional modules provide a balanced curriculum.

Masters students are required to attain 180 credits which comprise seven modules, as follows. PG Diploma students take 120 credits, PG Certificate students take 60 credits.

Semester 1

  • Exploring Practice 20 credits
  • Context & Review 20 credits
  • Research Skills & Methods 20 credits

Semester 2

  • Advanced Production 20 credits
  • Futures 20 credits - Going Live and Placement(a suite of elective modules, student select one of three, 20 credits)
  • Reflection on Practice 20 credits

Semester 3

  • A&V - Realisation 60 credits

Throughout the programme and on completion students enter their work in national and international competitions and animation festivals in the UK and overseas. Developing the research potential and impact of our postgraduate students is integral to our vision for research. Research focused students are encouraged to participate in research conferences, presentations, colloquia and networks. Guidance is given for those who wish to continue to PhD.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Creative work60
Dissertation40 (7000 words)

Course contact details

Mr Phillip Vaughan
+44 (0)1382 388070/85296