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14 Masters Programs in Animation

A master’s degree takes approximately 2-3 years to complete, depending on the student’s schedule. This is a two-year degree that is usually taken after a four-year bachelor’s program is finished. This degree is often a good choice for students who hope to have high-ranking careers in their field. What is a Master in Animation? As digital media spreads, an increase in animated fea… Read more

A master’s degree takes approximately 2-3 years to complete, depending on the student’s schedule. This is a two-year degree that is usually taken after a four-year bachelor’s program is finished. This degree is often a good choice for students who hope to have high-ranking careers in their field.

What is a Master in Animation? As digital media spreads, an increase in animated features has begun to trend throughout the world. Many advertisements, movies and television shows rely on animation in some way or another. Master’s courses are generally more intensive than bachelor’s courses, and may require creating a portfolio or writing a thesis prior to completion. Topics may include anything from animation history and art criticism to drawing in motion, 3-D cartoon character animation and environment development.

Finishing a master’s degree can help raise students’ communication skills, which is helpful when applying messages to their creations. In addition, students learn critical thinking skills and the ability to problem solve quickly, which can lead to success in a commonly fast-paced environment.

In this day and age, it can be difficult to predict how much a school may cost without doing the proper research. Students should understand that each school is priced differently due to varied factors, including how long they attend and where the school is located.

Since a master’s degree can prepare graduates to be experts on animation and can advance their careers, there are a number of employment opportunities with a Master in Animation. A person may become a storyboard artist, concept artist or character designer. These animators often come up with concepts that are used in movies and television shows. Production assistants are also often chosen from this pool.

An MA in Animation can be taken at a variety of local colleges. However, if students would rather not spend time going to campus or have a busy schedule, online classes may be available for animation. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand

If you are interested in pursuing both a creative and a technical career and are thinking about working in one of the many emerging technology industries in Wellington, or eve ... +

If you are interested in pursuing both a creative and a technical career and are thinking about working in one of the many emerging technology industries in Wellington, or even globally, the Master of Design Technology (MDT) may be for you. It’s an exciting one-year (full-time) 180-point professional Master’s degree that starts in March each year provides students with the skills needed to work in highly technical design professions like visual effects (VFX), game design, animation, 3D motion graphics, and multimedia design. -
Master
Full-time
12 months
English
02 Mar 2021
Campus
Online
 
Spain Online, Spain

LABASAD Online Master in Motion Graphics was LABASAD with the intention of being the national benchmark in the field of online teaching in animation and motion graphics.

LABASAD Online Master in Motion Graphics was LABASAD with the intention of being the national benchmark in the field of online teaching in animation and motion graphics. -
Master
Full-time
12 months
Spanish (Spain)
May 2021
01 May 2021
Online
 
The Master Institute of Visual Cultures – St. Joost School of Fine Art and Design
's Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Our high-performance professional master is a one-year programme and is directed towards helping everyone realize their potential. This is achieved through a fully integrated ... +

Our high-performance professional master is a one-year programme and is directed towards helping everyone realize their potential. This is achieved through a fully integrated approach to the field of Animation, as well as expanding the areas of creative practice in an interdisciplinary way. We create a space of experience and encounter that encourages dialogue in relation to current formal, technical, thematic and theoretical concerns that are relevant today. We are committed to supporting ambitious and diverse study interests and approaches. -
MA
Full-time
English
23 Aug 2021
01 Jun 2021
Campus
 

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Academy of Art University
San Francisco, USA

The MFA in Animation & Visual Effects program focuses on developing skills in any one of the many areas of expertise within the animation and visual effects industry. The ... +

The MFA in Animation & Visual Effects program focuses on developing skills in any one of the many areas of expertise within the animation and visual effects industry. The program educates students in all aspects of animation and visual effects, from ideation to post-production. Communication, collaboration, and time management skills are emphasized throughout the program to ensure graduates are acclimated to the intense professional culture that awaits them. -
Master
Full-time
6 semesters
English
Campus
Online
 
Arts University Bournemouth - The Graduate School
Poole, United Kingdom

The MA Animation Production course focuses on practice, theory and professionalism and the ‘critical dialogue’ between them. The MA Animation Production philosophy sees the un ... +

The MA Animation Production course focuses on practice, theory and professionalism and the ‘critical dialogue’ between them. The MA Animation Production philosophy sees the understanding of the traditional principles of animation as fundamental, but these are critically contextualised in relation to technology, history, theory and professional/studio practice. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Oct 2021
Campus
 
Estonian Academy of Arts
Tallinn, Estonia

Estonian Academy of Arts is offering a 2-year Master of Animation programme to postgraduate students interested in animation directing and filmmaking.

Estonian Academy of Arts is offering a 2-year Master of Animation programme to postgraduate students interested in animation directing and filmmaking. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
30 Aug 2021
01 Mar 2021
Campus
 
AAS College
Thessaloniki, Greece

MA Design that focuses in Animation allows practitioners in animation to explore opportunities that cross established boundaries or develop in-depth aspects of practice beyond ... +

MA Design that focuses in Animation allows practitioners in animation to explore opportunities that cross established boundaries or develop in-depth aspects of practice beyond usual levels. This postgraduate course aims to develop the student's personal philosophies on design with a view to developing a personal area of specialism. -
MA
Full-time
13 months
English
Campus
 
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester, United Kingdom

This innovative course focuses on the development of a significant experimental animation production that synthesises research undertaken in areas such as drawing, live-action ... +

This innovative course focuses on the development of a significant experimental animation production that synthesises research undertaken in areas such as drawing, live-action, drawing on film, under camera manipulation, stop-frame animation, pixilation and sound as art. A strong independent research base will underpin individual practice. Challenging the parameters of film and video production, and identifying new approaches to the notion of art films will be encouraged, as will incorporating experimentation in production and post-production stages. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Aalto University
Helsinki, Finland

Would you like to deepen your knowledge of animation, create visually engaging worlds and breathe life into characters? The Animation programme explores both the theory and pr ... +

Would you like to deepen your knowledge of animation, create visually engaging worlds and breathe life into characters? The Animation programme explores both the theory and practice of this most imaginative and joyous form of art. The demand for animated content has expanded rapidly and it is not anymore limited to one particular field in the entertainment industry. In this multidisciplinary programme, you will learn workflows and various applications from leading professionals in project-based teaching, according to your personal study plan. If you're open for new ways of learning, well rounded with great artistic skills, we're looking for you! The course supports progression to research at the doctoral level as well as to advanced self-directed practice. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Bengaluru, India

Animation and Visual Effects specialization at Srishti at the Masters level nurture creativity and personal expression accompanied by skills strategic to a growing creative in ... +

Animation and Visual Effects specialization at Srishti at the Masters level nurture creativity and personal expression accompanied by skills strategic to a growing creative industry. It provides a framework for practitioners from diverse fields to enter the world of animation and visual effects and expand its boundaries through their unique perspectives and experiences. This course encourages students to explore and develop personal styles, artistic visions, and voices through their filmmaking practices. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara
Guadalajara, Mexico

Prepare professionals in digital animation, capable of giving based and innovative problems graphic communication through planning solution, production and marketing of produc ... +

Prepare professionals in digital animation, capable of giving based and innovative problems graphic communication through planning solution, production and marketing of products and services competitive animation at national and international level with high ethical and humanist sense. -
Master
Full-time
Spanish
Campus
 
Bau Design College of Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

The Master’s degree in Stop-Motion Animation is a unique kind of training, at a national and international level, the purpose of which is to prepare professionals in stop-moti ... +

The Master’s degree in Stop-Motion Animation is a unique kind of training, at a national and international level, the purpose of which is to prepare professionals in stop-motion animation in both its creative and its technical aspects. -
Master
Full-time
English, Spanish
Campus
 
Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology
Nanjing, China

School of Media and Art has already set up a rational, creative team to teach and research and gather a team of well-known artists. The school has more than 50 research staff ... +

School of Media and Art has already set up a rational, creative team to teach and research and gather a team of well-known artists. The school has more than 50 research staff members, including 16 associate professors, 10 staff members with doctor degree, more than 30% of the tutors have overseas teaching experience. -
Master
Sep 2021
 
Westbridge University
Mexico City, Mexico

Learn the secrets of character animation direct from the experts. Our Instructors have a lot of experience in the industry, so you will not only learn to use the most importan ... +

Learn the secrets of character animation direct from the experts. Our Instructors have a lot of experience in the industry, so you will not only learn to use the most important Software tools for the industry, but they will teach you the coolest techniques and secrets. Upon completion of this program, you will be able to cheer on the Hollywood experts! Your University also produces Animation Film and TV. -
Master
Spanish (Mexican)
Jul 2021
Online
 

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