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17 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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BAU, Centro Universitario de Artes y Diseño de Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

As a university course, the Master’s Degree in Stop Motion Animation provides unique training at the national and international level, delivered by a team of highly qualified ... +

As a university course, the Master’s Degree in Stop Motion Animation provides unique training at the national and international level, delivered by a team of highly qualified multidisciplinary professionals that includes internationally renowned auteurs/animators with extensive experience in both the professional and educational fields. -
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Full-time
English
05 Oct 2022
30 Sep 2022
Campus
 
Arts University Bournemouth
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. -
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Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
University of Dundee
Dundee, United Kingdom

Study the history and theory of comics and graphic novels through different genres and cultures, using a variety of critical and creative approaches.

Study the history and theory of comics and graphic novels through different genres and cultures, using a variety of critical and creative approaches. -
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Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2022
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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. -
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Full-time
English
Sep 2022
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. -
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Full-time
2 years
English
29 Aug 2022
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
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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
Sep 2022
Campus
Online
 
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, USA

The Master of Fine Arts in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) is a terminal degree for those who wish to teach arts and technology-related courses at the coll ... +

The Master of Fine Arts in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) is a terminal degree for those who wish to teach arts and technology-related courses at the college level, as well as for those who intend to engage in a professional studio or design practice. Students are admitted to one of two pathways within the ATEC MFA: (1). Animation; (2). Creative Practice. -
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Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2022
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University of Technology Sydney
Sydney, Australia +3 More

The Master of Animation and Visualisation has been developed in partnership with the industry-leading digital animation studio Animal Logic and is offered through the UTS Anim ... +

The Master of Animation and Visualisation has been developed in partnership with the industry-leading digital animation studio Animal Logic and is offered through the UTS Animal Logic Academy. The course develops creative professional practice, conceptual skills and technical dexterity in animation and visualisation production. Under the guidance and mentorship of practitioners and leaders from the industry, learning is modelled on real-world production work structures in a custom-built digital production studio, engineered to the highest industry standards with tools and technologies that are leading the animation and visualisation industries into the future. -
Master
Full-time
English
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University of Hertfordshire
Hatfield, United Kingdom +2 More

This award enables you to develop creative, practical skills in a range of digital processes that are used in Animation and related fields. Within this course, you can choose ... +

This award enables you to develop creative, practical skills in a range of digital processes that are used in Animation and related fields. Within this course, you can choose to focus on a particular area of animation such as 2D animation, 3D animation or combine the areas to create new forms and ideas from the fusion of techniques and styles. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
23 Sep 2022
Campus
 
Royal College of Art
London, United Kingdom

At the MA Animation programme at the Royal College of Art we are dynamically responsive to how animation is now central to contemporary debates in visual culture.

At the MA Animation programme at the Royal College of Art we are dynamically responsive to how animation is now central to contemporary debates in visual culture. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale"
Bucharest, Romania

This Master's program, with a duration of two years, is dedicated to those who want to develop their skills in the field of animation theater, by deepening the understanding a ... +

This Master's program, with a duration of two years, is dedicated to those who want to develop their skills in the field of animation theater, by deepening the understanding and practice of this art. Supported by a program that combines the learning process with that of research, through means specific to the artistic experiment, master students acquire the ability to fully realize an animation show, using both traditional and digital techniques. Among the disciplines studied are: Directing the animation show, Visual expression in the Animation Theater, Aesthetics of the performing arts, Technique of the Animation Theater, Advanced handling systems, Sound expression in the Animation Theater, Scenographic Art, Multimedia in the contemporary show, Creative workshop , Public Policy and Cultural Legislation and Specialized Practice. -
Master
Rumenian
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
 
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)
Online
 
East China Normal University
Shanghai, China +1 More

The graduate program (MFA) in School of Design, East China Normal University offers an interdisciplinary study and research platform, which includes five discipline directions ... +

The graduate program (MFA) in School of Design, East China Normal University offers an interdisciplinary study and research platform, which includes five discipline directions: Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Environmental Design and Landscape Design, Public Art, and Animation Design. Students are free to choose courses that interest them in these four different directions. -
Master
English
Campus