BA (Hons)/MArt The Art of Computer Animation (2D)

Join the expanding animation industry.

We're excited to launch a brand new 2D Animation pathway for our BA (Hons)/MArt The Art of Computer Animation programme.

In recent years, 2D Animation has experienced a significant revival, both in the UK and overseas, as studios including Blue ZooAardman Animation and Brown Bag Films are creating wonderful films and experiences using the latest tools. The industry demand for more 2D Animators in recent years has been phenomenal. We are therefore delighted to help develop future talent in this exciting area through our new 2D pathway. We're expanding our 2D animation capacity using digital tools such as ToonBoom HarmonyAdobe Animate and Blender.

Do you like the challenge of imbuing a collection of pen strokes and colours with personality, using it to tell a story, and conjuring real emotions?

Bring your characters to life from day one - working in industry-style studios using the latest tools and techniques and working as part of a team on high-quality creative projects. You'll have intensive, hands-on tutorials with industry-trained tutors who, alongside practising animation professionals, will provide regular feedback on your work.

You'll graduate studio ready, with a professional portfolio of work to show employers, and a degree awarded by the University of Kent.

  • UCAS code: I704 (BA) - I705 (MArt)
  • Institution code: P34
  • Location: London campus
  • Start date: September
  • Fees: (See Fees and Funding section)
    £9,250 per year for 2023/2024 entry
  • Mode of study: Full time
  • Programme duration: BA 3 years, MArt 4 years
  • Entry requirements: Entry by portfolio and Creative Workshop, plus being predicted a minimum two passes at A Level or equivalent

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Why choose this course

  • Follow 2D specialist modules in years two and three, focusing more on traditional drawing skills and how to leverage them with new digital tools.
  • Latest software - you'll use ToonBoom Harmony (increasingly the dominant 2D software in the animation industry) and have access to MayaAdobe AnimateBlender
  • All-round creative skills - you'll study common modules in your first year to gain all-round creative skills.
  • Team work - you'll work on projects as a team, just as you would in the studio, providing you with a good understanding of the animation pipeline by sharing skills across disciplines.
  • Industry-standard studios - you’ll work in a studio environment that mirrors current industry practice from day one, using professional software such as Maya, to give you a true taste of life in a studio.
  • Soft skills - you'll learn soft skills such as team work, organisation, giving and receiving feedback to prepare you to the real world of work.
  • Expert tutors - you’ll have intensive, hands-on tutorials with industry-trained tutors such as our Dean of Animation & Visual Effects, Alex Williams, who has over 25 years of experience in the industry working on projects for Disney (he animated Scar in the original The Lion King!), and DreamWorks, or Michael Davies, Head of Animation, who has worked on Thor:Ragnarok and Doctor Strange. Storyboarding Tutor Iliana Franklin was appointed Toon Boom Ambassador for 2022. All our tutors can help turn your passion for animation into a practical studio-ready skillset.
  • Industry briefs - in the studio, you'll work on industry-standard briefs, similar to those you'll get in a professional studio. You'll experience real-life scenarios, such as dealing with briefs with varying requirements, deadlines and resources.
  • Developed with industry professionals - this programme has been developed in collaboration with experienced industry leaders such as cutting-edge visual effects specialists DNEG and Framestore, industry expert Hugo Sands (independent animation consultant, producer and manager) and advisory board member Tara Saunders (Studio Head at PlayStation London Studio).

In recent years, 2D Animation has experienced a significant revival, as studios adopt new software such as ToonBoom Harmony.

Alex Williams, Dean of Animation & Visual Effects

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Industry partners

Our industry partners, including DNEG, Framestore, Industrial Light & Magic and PlayStation London Studio, influence everything we do, helping design our degrees to keep them relevant to current practice. You’ll have regular contact with the industry, from master classes to creative briefs and regular feedback from professionals.

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Industry-expert tutors

Our tutors are actively involved in industry, so they'll be able to give you real insight into your chosen career. They have worked at studios including DNEGWalt Disney Animation, EA, Rebellion and Framestore and their credits include Captain America, Black Mirror and Bond: Spectre.

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Our central London campus is surrounded by world-leading studios and fully equipped with high-end hardware and the latest software, so you learn in a real studio environment.

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