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Animation MA

What is Animation MA?

Drawing on your existing animation skills, you will develop a longer-form animated film, serial or series, festival film, or other industry-related product, and prepare to ‘take it to market’.

You will work on story development and will learn how to prepare a treatment or step outline. You will make practical materials and animated footage, learn the art of self-promotion, and gain the relevant skills to build an electronic press kit and pitch bible.

Emphasis will be placed on pitching, which you rehearse and refine in front of your peers, tutors, and industry professionals. You will also become skilled in contextualising your own work and will be required to engage in critical theory as a means of exploring this.

Study style

This hands-on, practical course will be delivered through lectures, specialist workshops, critiques, masterclasses, guest panels and one-to-one tutorial. Assessment is both practical and written.

All of your efforts culminate in the final major project: ‘Greenlight: Pitch Ready’, where you’ll prepare your final animated series or long form film sequences to pitch to industry.

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Entry requirements

    • You should hold at least a  2.2 Bachelors degree with honours.

    • Relevant work experience will also be taken into consideration

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in writing and in any other band) or equivalent.

    • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview. Please refer to our interview guide for further information.

    • All applicants must submit a visual portfolio with their application, which can be accessed on line. This could be a portfolio of drawings, illustrations or storyboards, or/combined with a showreel of short animated works up to 5 minutes in duration

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

Students usually support themselves through the postgraduate loan, private savings, family support or sponsorship from an employer. For advice and guidance on your funding options, contact the Money Advice team at or call 01242 714535.

UoG graduates receive up to 20% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

Start date Location Course code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Sep 2023 Park, Cheltenham £8,700 £15,900
Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Animation Director
  • Animation Producer
  • Concept Artist
  • Production Designer
  • CG Modeller
  • Compositor
  • Layout Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • 2D Animator / 3D Animator.

Industry links

You’ll benefit from great guest lecturers from across the animation industry. Previous guests have included animation feature directors, voice over artists, major animators, animation model makers and animation industry recruiters.

Our students regularly attend sessions given by animation professionals at the Aardman animation studios in Bristol. Our strong industry links offer exciting placement and internship opportunities with studios such as A Productions, Sun and Moon, Rumpus! and Silver Agency.

Industry-focused workshops

You’ll attend two workshops a year delivered by the Oscar-winning team at the Aardman animations studio in Bristol. Previous sessions have included storyboarding, model-making, prototyping, and production workshops. The sessions are an ideal way to gain an insight into the production methods of one of the biggest animation studios in the UK.

International networking

You’ll have the opportunity to visit the Annecy international animation festival in France the biggest animation festival in the world. Annecy is a global meeting point for the whole animation industry and is attended by studios big and small, including Disney, Dreamworks, Sony Animation and Illumination Macguff.

Industry experts

You’ll hear from top-tier guests from the animation industry. Previous speakers have included Jackie Edwards (Head of the BFI Young Audiences Content Fund), Tim Allen (Senior Animator on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride), Shelley Page (Head of International Outreach, Dreamworks Animation), Ian Harvey (Executive Producer, The Snowman), and Richard Starzack (Director, Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep).

Endless possibilities with a master’s degree

Increase your pay potential, specialise in the subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG students can benefit from an alumni discount. Receive 20% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees as a 2022 graduate.

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Trips and experiences

You’ll have the opportunity to visit the Annecy international animation festival in France – the biggest animation festival in the world. As well as featuring both big screen premieres, and masterful short animated work from all over the world, you’ll have the chance to meet fellow professional directors, animators and recruiters.

Our special relationship with the town of Annecy (Cheltenham is twinned with Annecy) means you’ll get special access to the festival. UoG students have previously been honoured as judges for the festival and rewarded with an access all areas pass for the duration of the festival.

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