Taught course


University of Salford · Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

Entry requirements

Relevant undergraduate degree, normally at 2:1 or above, and supporting portfolio and showreel of practice demonstrating strong understanding of visual, technical, and sequential skills appropriate to develop content for animation production.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree of 2:2 will be considered where a high-quality portfolio of practice is presented.  

See University of Salford website for details about personal statement and portfolios.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA in Animation is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to apply innovative and efficient production processes into your animation projects which could be 2D, 3D and Stop Motion, or hybrid of techniques. You will explore traditional production skills, but the course will encourage you to experiment with cutting edge creative industry developments and new ways of storytelling in collaboration with game and digital technologies.

The course is to help you develop contemporary storytelling and transmedia techniques within your body of work, and/or to deepen your knowledge of a specialist role with a Creative Industry (e.g. Storyboard Artist, Art Director, Character Designer).

As a future facing programme of study we will encourage you through collaboration, to explore contemporary ‘expanded cinema’ (i.e. Extended Reality (XR)  experiences, Projection Mapping, and Immersive Installation, Theme Park Rides) and offer opportunities to see the value of your transferrable and potentially entrepreneurial skills. 

Underpinning the curriculum you will be challenged to investigate and apply sustainable and ethical practices to your productions and processes and explore diversity and inclusivity in their story worlds and characters. 

We have a campus at MediaCity, one of the fastest-growing creative technology centres in the UK. The Greater Manchester region is one of the key areas of UK animation industry production, with an ecosystem of large to small companies –from globally leading companies such as Factory and Mackinnon & Saunders, to smaller boutique studios like Kilogramme and Flipbook Studio. The region has excellent industry networking opportunities with Manchester Animation Festival and other regional networking groups like FilmHubNorth.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

University of Salford
+44(0)161 295 4545