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MA 3D Animation

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: 18 Months
  • Start Date: September 2022
Do you have a keen interest in 3D Animation? The animation industry is growing from strength to strength, with more brands, organisations and mediums using animation in everyday life. This course includes both academic and practical elements, giving you the edge you need to impress employers.
Whether you want to create animation for TV, film, social content, the web, or in games, this course can help you develop the vital skills you need, using cutting edge software, to succeed in this sector.
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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Our 3D animation MA is a one-of-a-kind course. It is delivered exclusively online, allowing you to fit in your studies around your personal and professional commitments.

The UK is home to some of the best animators and visual effects artists in the world. Here at BNU, we're close to innovative studios in London. We also have our own editing and recording suites, equipped with the same industry-standard tools as the professionals. Our goal is to provide the best animation education in the world.

Our contacts include many of the relevant post-production/animation houses in Soho, London, such as FrameStore and Cinesite. We also have an education/industry partnership with leading motion capture company Centroid, based at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios, England, along with good contacts in California studios with Walt Disney and Pixar.

We're proud to partner with the online animation school Animation Apprentice, founded by award-winning animator Alex Williams, whose film credits include Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Lion King, The Iron Giant, and the last three Harry Potter films.

What facilities can I use?

Just because the course is online it doesn't mean you won't interact with us here at BNU. We'll support you throughout your MA and supply engaging material to enhance your learning.

On our course there’s the chance to join online sessions where you can engage in discussions and interact with learning resources in specially created forums. You'll also have access to textbooks, journal papers, electronic databases and other self-study and e-learning materials.

What will I study?

We place a strong emphasis on character and creature animation in a digital environment. With a focus on cutting edge technical and creative skills, you'll learn how to develop original creative content.

You'll also gain an awareness of current challenges facing the animation industry, with an opportunity to conduct your own research in this exciting and rapidly developing field.

By the end of the course, you'll be a skilled animator and have a deeper academic understanding of the industry. When you graduate, you'll have an impressive portfolio of work and we'll make sure that the skills you learn will impress future employers.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Our course team will support you throughout the programme and you can study at a pace and time that suits you, with no need to physically attend the University.

Our dedicated course team have extensive industry track records, as well as involvement in a range of project and consultancy activity.

Assessment methods on this course will include:

  • practical reports
  • online presentations of research
  • pre-production work that will demonstrate academic rigor
  • a dissertation
  • practical project work
  • animation productions
  • problem-solving exercises that will develop an array of animation techniques.
Useful Information

MA Animation Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

We look for students with a minimum of 2:2 degree classification from an animation degree programme or from a related discipline. We also accept applications on an individual basis and will consider industry professionals who have developed the right skills through work.

All students will need to submit an online portfolio of work to support their application. We also ask prospective students for an interview - either face-to-face, phone or online.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Animation 1 - Locomotion and Mechanics

Animation 2 - Character Performance

Animation 3 - Animals & Creatures

Animation 4 - Final Project & Demo Reel

Research Techniques and Dissertation

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£7,850 per year


International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£7,850 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023


What are my career prospects?

Employers are looking for animators and digital artists to fill their ever-growing art teams. Your MA shows that you are not just an excellent practitioner, but also that you can engage in critical thinking at an advanced level and understand the theory behind the craft. The skills you learn on this programme are transferable to any kind of animation.

Our graduates have gone on to work in production houses, visual effects companies and some have even started their own companies.

Course leader

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Dr Fil Ieropoulos
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