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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Buckinghamshire New University

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    18 months

Course summary

Course Overview

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tuition fees

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£ 8,000per year

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University information

Buckinghamshire New University

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    Buckinghamshire New University, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2JZ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    71st out of 87 5

    89th out of 97 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    104 47%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    46.0 46%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.15 83%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 190
    124 59%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    56.0 56%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.96 79%



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