Taught course

Character Animation

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

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

An honours degree or an equivalent EU/international qualification.

AP(E)L – Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference

Or a combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Character Animation at Central Saint Martins is a practical course which will teach you how to make your characters do much more than move – it will teach you to make them perform. You will learn timing, software, storytelling, character design, film language and take life drawing lessons. Alongside this, you will also explore historical and critical approaches to animation.

From the internet and mobile phones to television commercials, games and movie special effects, animation is everywhere. The medium, which today takes many different forms, has permeated our visual culture. As a result, the technologies used to create animation are evolving at a rapid rate – programmes dominate the market one year and then are obsolete the next. Rather than encouraging dependency on a narrow range of software, MA Character Animation fosters universal techniques and adaptable, practice-based knowledge. You will learn skills which can be applied to different software packages, technical processes, creative approaches and distribution technologies in the future.

Animation is a universal medium. It can communicate concepts and narratives without the use of spoken language. A popular art form in a global marketplace, it appeals to all cultures, able to apply their own visual and storytelling traditions. MA Character Animation attracts applicants from a wide range of practices and cultural backgrounds. Studying on the course offers an exciting opportunity for you to learn about other cultures and develop international networks. You will be encouraged to investigate and apply a range of different visual and storytelling traditions to your own work.

Information for international students

IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English language requirements webpage).

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,045 per year
International students
£15,165 per year

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7514 7023