Taught course

MA Animation

University of the Arts London - London College of Communication · Faculty of Design

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to demonstrate sufficient prior knowledge and experience of and/or potential in animation practice to be able to successfully complete the programme of study, and have an academic or professional background in a relevant subject. Candidates also need to demonstrate knowledge of visual culture and be able to engage in critical discussion. An applicant will normally be considered for admission if they have achieved an educational level equivalent to an honours degree in either animation, illustration, visual communication, graphic design or closely related subject, and present a portfolio of moving-image work. However, we do not exclude candidates who have graduated from other less strongly aligned disciplines. This educational level may be demonstrated by: Honours degree (named above); Possession of equivalent qualifications; Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required; Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required. Language requirements (International/EU) All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol. IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills. You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page. Portfolio Advice All applicants, both UK or resident overseas, will be expected to submit an electronic portfolio on CD or via a website link together with their application form. At application stage, we are as excited to see a portfolio of strong image making that has a sense of sequential play, as we are to see an accomplished portfolio of animation work. As a student on the course you will have been selected for something specific you portray through your portfolio. This could be a strong illustration or design portfolio that indicates a desire to take work into the 3D space and work with sound in a time-based format, or an accomplished portfolio of animation work that indicates a commitment to focus on personal development through a further course of study. Your portfolio should have some examples of image-led and visual workfrom either education or professional practice. Your portfolio can be supplied as a PDF with links to web projects and media assets. It should contain a minimum of five projects and self-initiated projects are also encouraged. Project Proposal (400- 800 words) You will be expected to outline an idea for your major project in the application. This proposal should describe your area of interest, field of study and particular focus of your intended project. You should include an overview of how you intend to go about producing the project and the methodology. It is important to recognise that these ideas will inevitably develop and change across your year of study on the course and only serve to inform your application at this stage.

Months of entry


Course content

Animation at LCC is taught as a broad and experimental visual practice in the context of communication design. With new technologies changing how we make, understand and experience animation, students are encouraged to test boundaries and look at animation in many forms and in many ways.

MA Animation explores both the theory and practice of animation aiming to give you the tools to be able to express creative ideas using a broad range of experimental visual media. You will investigate the production of animation in an era with unparalleled opportunities for skilled visual communicators.

What you can expect?

The central ethos of the course is to give you enough freedom and guidance to test and discover creative ideas within a critical framework in balance with developing the accomplished production skills across 2D, 2.5D, 3D, stop-motion and drawn animation, to realise your creative goals.

You will develop skills in narrative storytelling and interpreting ideas for the flat screen and you'll also be encouraged to work across multiple formats, exploring how animation can be used in different contexts such as in the fine arts i.e. installation and in digital media, exploring the online, mobile and interactive opportunities for animation practice.

The course supports progression to research at MPhil/PhD level as well as to advanced self-directed experimental practice.

Building on LCC's resources, in digital, time-based and interactive media alongside printmaking, graphic design and visual communication, the course encourages experimental and reflective practice that echoes the cross media nature of the design, communication and media industries.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months

Course contact details

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