Animation - courses, degrees and events

Why should I get into Animation?

The UK has some of the best animation studios in the world, some of which are our industry partners, including Blue Zoo, MPC and Passion Pictures, who compete globally to produce some of the finest character and creature animations in the world. There are a variety of departments in the Animation industry, including Storyboarding, Previsualisation, 3D Animation and more. Explore our free Industry Beginner's Guide to find out why there has never been a better time to enter the animation industry! 

Choose to bring your characters to life with our Animation courses. You'll study using professional software, such as Autodesk Maya, with industry-focused training, giving you the skills you need to graduate job-ready.  

What Animation courses and degrees do we offer?

Animation at Escape Studios includes courses to get you skilled in the various departments within the animation pipeline, from pre-production to post-production, including 2D Animation and 3D Animation, but also Storyboarding and Previsualisation.

Get studio ready for jobs in Storyboarding, Previsualisation, 3D Animation, Rigging and more! Check out the different career options in our free, downloadable Careers Guide.

Animation webinars and events

Tune into our free webinars and online events to find out more about the world of Animation. 

Next dates to be confirmed! We don't have any events in the pipeline just now but watch this space for udpates or check out our E_scape Hub for events about other disciplines, recordings of past webinars and plenty of other resources! 

Hand-drawn demonstration with James Baxter, animator on Beauty and The Beast and The Lion King

Wednesday 30th June at 6pm

Join us for this two-hour unmissable webinar with Animation guru James Baxter! James will be taking you through a hand-drawn demonstration, with a 15-minute Q&A at the end to ask any thought provoking questions.  

James is world-renowned in the Animation industry working on the likes of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He’s also built up an impressive CV with industry powerhouses such as Walt Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation and Netflix!  

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Taster Sessions

At Escape Studios, we offer a number of classroom-based and online Taster courses throughout the year, so you can 'try before you buy' and get a hands-on feel for what it's like to study with us.

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Storyboarding & Previs

Who will teach me?

Our tutors are experts in their discipline, covering Animation, Storyboarding, Previsualisation, Character and Creature Creation and Character Design.

List of Animation tutors

Find more detailed profiles on our tutors here.

What makes our Animation courses and degrees unique?

 
  • Our Animation courses cover training with industry-professional software such as Maya, Toon Boom Harmony and more. 
  • Our classrooms and lessons mirror a standard industry animation studio, to give you a true taste of life in the workplace.
  • You'll benefit from industry feedback sessions with our industry partners, individual professionals working in the industry and our alumni, who have gone to work on some of the biggest projects in the world, including Star WarsAvengers and Harry Potter.
  • Our tutors are all experts in their field. Alex Williams, our Head of Animation, has worked for industry giants including DisneyDreamworksFox and Warner Bros
  • You'll also learn the latest tips and techniques used in industry today and find out more about the skills that helped Alex succeed in his career, so you'll benefit from his expertise. 
  • All our courses are developed with our industry partners, some of the biggest studios in the world, including FramestoreCinesite and PlayStation Studio London, that not only input into our course modules, but regularly visit us and partake in events such as our annual VFX Festival and online webinars. Learn more about our industry partners.

Escape was great at helping us build networking skills. They hosted lots of events and opportunities to meet and be taught by industry experts, which was amazing.

Maria Robertson, Junior Animator at Factory 42, undergraduate animation alumna

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Animation Escapee success stories

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Sebastian Kuder

Visualisation Artist at The Third Floor

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Chan Sagoo

Animation Artist at MPC

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Evgenia Golubeva

Director, Head Writer at Blue Zoo Animation Studios

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Harry Pearson

Shot Creator at The Third Floor

Career resources

Delve into our helpful guides, read our exciting blogs and check out our E_Hub to stay up to date with everything Escape!

Animation Blog

Visit our Head of Animation, Alex Williams' blog to pick up portfolio tips, watch tutorials by our Animation Tutors and see some of our award-winning student work. 

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E_scape Hub

Packed with essential online learning resources and opportunities for professional development, you can continue to learn from the comfort of your own home!

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What does Animation at Escape Studios look like?

Get an insight of our animation student projects in our student showreel. Also check out previous events and webinars on our YouTube channel.