BA (Hons)/MArt The Art of Computer Animation (3D)

Breathe life into characters and creatures and produce entertaining performances for the world to enjoy.

Advancements in technology and the boom of the VFX industry have made computer animation one of the fastest growing industries, with an estimated value of £1.6bn in the UK only (source Creative UK). Whether it's in CGI animated movies, live-action films, commercials, TV or video games, there’s never been a better time to join the creative world.

This course has been developed with professional Animators to give you the skills you need to make your mark in a studio. Along with technical and creative skills, you’ll develop your experience and soft skills and build your network of industry contacts. All of this will lead you to produce a killer portfolio and turn your passion into a successful career.

You’ll explore a range of animation techniques. Intensive hands-on tutorials will be taught in our London industry-standard facilities, by experienced tutors who’ve worked on the likes of The Lion King, Godzilla and Doctor Strange.

See also BA (Hons) The Art of Computer Animation (2D)

  • UCAS code: I700 (BA) - I701 (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
  • Duration: BA 3 years, MArt 4 years
  • Entry requirements: Portfolio and creative workshop, plus predicted two passes at A Level or equivalent

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Why choose this course

  • Ranked 2nd in the UK – and 10th in the world for Animation Excellence by The Rookies
  • Ranked 3rd in the UK – and 8th in Europe in the Animation Career Review’s school ranking
  • Based in London – home to some of the best animation studios in the world
  • Industry briefs – work on industry-standard briefs and experience real-life scenarios, just like in a professional studio
  • Successful alumni – you’ll join our community of thousands of Escapees, many of whom have gone on to work at some of the world’s top studios. 31 Escapees worked on Thor: Love and Thunder, 28 on Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and 16 on Stranger Things
  • Industry-standard facilities – study in a studio environment that mirrors current industry practice, using professional software such as Maya
  • Professional input – our advisory board of experts, from the likes of DNEG (Avengers: Endgame and Oscar-winning Dune) and Cinesite (Iwájú and Thor: Love and Thunder), help keep this degree up to date. You will also receive feedback on some of your work from industry professionals
  • All-round creative skills – study common modules in your first year to gain an understanding of animation, visual effects and game art and how the pipelines cross over
  • Soft skills – learn soft skills such as teamwork, organisation and giving and receiving feedback to prepare you for work in the real world
  • 3D specialism – follow 3D specialist modules in your second and third years, including character animation, storyboarding, motion capture or games animation
  • Our student short films have been nominated and won several international awards over the years, including Jerich0 being shortlisted for the Student BAFTA Awards

It was wonderful to see the bright talent coming through once again from Escape Studios. It really struck me how confident and well-presented many were, alongside their technical and creative abilities.

Sarah Tanner, Director of Operations at Jellyfish Pictures

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Why Escape Studios?

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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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