Taught course

Character Animation

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · Centre for Performance

Entry requirements

We consider applicants who have already achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours degree. You can demonstrate this educational level by: Having a relevant Honours degree or an equivalent academic qualification Having a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required A combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning that, taken together, can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required. English language requirement All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent. For further information visit the Language Centre. Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the External English Tests page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. What we look for Typical MA Character Animation applicants, who have a mature and independent approach to their practice, are either: Visual artists or designers who've specialised in figurative work and who want to explore kinaesthetic and performance methodologies in a time-based medium. They should have good drawing skills and a well-formed aesthetic language and be able to demonstrate a body of work in which they've developed designs and ideas for characters. They're also expected to show the potential for applying their character designs to the animated form; OR Graduates of general animation courses who want to apply specialist movement psychology to animation of characters and to develop a performance-led approach to animation. These applicants may already have completed a body of animated work, but they're now looking to extend their understanding and application of concepts of character, performance and storytelling. Student selection criteria We normally interview all applicants to confirm the appropriateness of the postgraduate course to your needs and your potential to succeed on the course. Selection for interview is by submission of a link to a website containing your portfolio. The portfolio should consist of: Work that includes a range of drawings indicating your interest in the observation and analysis of human and animal forms Work that shows a perception of time (e.g. storyboards, character designs, figure studies in motion) We select applicants using the following criteria: The quality of the applicant's observation Visualisation skills as evidenced in the portfolio The commitment and potential to realise your objectives within the timeframe of the postgraduate course

Months of entry


Course content

Instead of trying to cover every aspect of a complex subject, this postgraduate course specialises in one area - animation of characters. You'll broaden and challenge your contextual awareness of animation while gaining advanced skills in communication, project management and technique.

MA Character Animation's distinctive features include:

  • Links with Drama Centre London enabling unrivalled use of performance techniques through classes in Storytelling, Acting and Movement Studies
  • Classes in Animation History & Theory, Life Drawing and Anatomy that complement the technical animation curriculum
  • Simulated work experience through team projects, with each first-year student allocated a current practitioner as mentor
  • Wide-ranging commercial and creative partners in London and beyond, including the National Gallery
  • An extensive alumni networking community

The course is supported and advised by Visiting Professor Shelley Page, Dreamworks.

About the course

  • MA Character Animation lasts 60 weeks structured as two consecutive periods of 30 weeks each (i.e. two academic years) in its 'extended full-time mode'.
  • MA Character Animation is credit rated at 180 credits, and comprises 2 units. Unit 1 (60 credits) lasts 20 weeks. Unit 2 (120 credits) runs for 10 weeks in the first year and 30 weeks in the second year.
  • Both units must be passed in order to achieve the MA, but the classification of the award of MA derives from your mark for Unit 2 only.
  • We expect you to commit an average of 30 hours per week, within which your taught input will normally be scheduled over three days in first year and two days in second year. The course structure is intended to allow you to pursue your studies while also undertaking part-time work, internships or care responsibilities.

Information for international students

Our International Office deals specifically with the needs of students from overseas. Tel +44 (0)20 7514 7027.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

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