Masters Programs in Animation

Compare 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 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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Expertise in digital animation

Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara
Campus Full time 1 year July 2019 Mexico Guadalajara

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. [+]

Studying the Masters in Digital Animation UAG

Program Objective

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.

Competitive advantages

It is the first graduate program in animation, in addition to developing the skills of generating three-dimensional models digitally, includes the dimensions of planning and marketing. It is an inclusive program, considering your profile entrance to Graphic Design related professions, such as Architecture, Industrial Design, Engineering, Interior Design and Communication, among others. This strategy aims to make animation, an integrated tool profile. Our teachers with academic degrees of Master and PhD, as well as being trained in teaching animation, practice their profession, so that guide students in their training and integration with the professional environment. The design of the curriculum can choose to study the level of specialty or completing studies until the Masters, achieving obtain title and professional certificate in both cases. The link with the CIPAE (Intelligence Center to Support Entrepreneurs) of the UAG, adviser in the incubation and development of animation companies according to the professional profile. ... [-]

Master in 2D Digital Animation

Seeway - Barcelona
Campus Full time 9 months October 2018 Spain Barcelona

2D animation is the traditional animation technique. We go a step further by taking it to the digital world thanks to the new tools and techniques that exist in the market, which allow us to give more life and movements to our characters and 2D animation objects. [+]

2D animation is the traditional animation technique. We go a step further by taking it to the digital world thanks to the new tools and techniques that exist in the market, which allow us to give more life and movements to our characters and 2D animation objects. Throughout the program you will be creating and giving life to your own designs in a digital environment, surprisingly, assuming and creating innovative concepts and styles through new digital techniques. You will be involved in a creative and 100% practical environment, getting involved from the first day in real projects. Having an active teaching staff in the labor market giving you the guidelines to obtain the best results, adapting them to the current needs of the same.... [-]


Master in Character Animation

Seeway - Barcelona
Campus Part time 9 months October 2018 Spain Barcelona

Character animation is a profession that bases its secret on endowing life and soul with a priori inanimate elements. This ability is what generates a strong connection between the animated character and the public. [+]

Character animation is a profession that bases its secret on endowing life and soul with a priori inanimate elements. This ability is what generates a strong connection between the animated character and the public.

For this reason, we have developed a program in character animation that, beyond developing and perfecting your animation techniques, focuses on finding and enhancing your own style.

Throughout the program you will work with the most used computer tools in professional environments to animate figures and characters of higher quality.

You will be involved in an educational environment of first level, learning with great professionals in the animation sector and getting involved in 100% real projects.... [-]


Master in Animation

Estonian Academy of Arts
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Estonia Tallinn

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

The Department of Animation was established at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2006 and since 2007 it has offered a two-year MA in Animation (taught in English). The Animation MA programme is taught by Professor Priit Pärn and Associate Professor Olga Pärn. The main goal of the programme is to successfully educate creators of animated films, providing them with theoretical knowledge and practical skills. The further aim is to contribute to the global development of animation as an art form.

The animation is a thriving medium and developing at a greater pace than ever before. It has become part of mass culture, as well as one of its principal forms. Animation can be seen in digital screen graphics, computer games, music videos, films, etc. The basis for any film – including animated film – is the story. The greatest problem in the film world is the lack of good stories. In most of the world’s animation schools, students are not taught the art of good story writing. This is something that sets our programme apart. We place an emphasis on the story and teach Professor Pärn’s unique methodology for creating film scripts.... [-]


Master in Animation Design

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Milan
Campus Full time 1 year November 2018 Italy Milan

3th edition - Studying Animation Design at IED means learning the art of telling stories through animation, imagining, creating and building characters and environments, to make them live in new scenarios. The demand for Animation Designers is increasingly growing: from advertising to TV series, from feature to short films, from docufiction to games, cross and transmedia productions and special effects for film and TV productions. The Master in Animation Design trains animation professionals ready to work in new scenarios, providing technical skills and competitive professional tools to propose, write and realize cutting-edge projects: short films, series, cross-media projects. The training programme enhances personal creativity and stimulates students to seek new forms of contamination between the different visual and stylistic expressions of animation. [+]

Studying Animation Design at IED means learning the art of telling stories through animation, imagining, creating and building characters and environments, to make them live in new scenarios.

The demand for Animation Designers is increasingly growing: from advertising to TV series, from feature to short films, from docufiction to games, cross and transmedia productions and special effects for film and TV productions. The Master in Animation Design trains animation professionals ready to work in new scenarios, providing technical skills and competitive professional tools to propose, write and realize cutting-edge projects: short films, series, cross-media projects.

The training programme enhances personal creativity and stimulates students to seek new forms of contamination between the different visual and stylistic expressions of animation.... [-]


M.A. in Art Practices: Specialisation - Animation and Visual Effects

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Campus Full time 2 years July 2019 India Bengaluru

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. [+]

M.A. in Art Practices: Specialisation - Animation and Visual Effects

The attributes of moving image are becoming difficult to define. The lines between live-action, animation, and computer-generated imagery are getting blurred. The course in Animation and Visual Effects encourages innovation in the field of manipulated moving image and finding one’s voice in either personal, artistic or industry environments

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. It also seeks to provide a broad understanding of animation filmmaking based on independent practice, the industry, and experimentation in the Indian context. Students can choose to work with diverse techniques (2D and/or 3D, traditional, experimental, stop-motion etc.) to develop their abilities as storytellers, visual artists, and directors. The curriculum includes fundamental inputs in animation techniques, film language, storytelling, image-making processes and skill enhancement. It also offers opportunities for experimentation, innovation, and creative collaborations.... [-]


Master in Character Animation

Universal Arts School
Online Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Los Angeles Spain Valencia + 3 more

Study animation like in a real production environment. The objective of this course is to teach you to work in the creative field to produce at a professional level any type of work regarding character animation focused on the entertainment industry. [+]

Study animation like in a real production environment.

The objective of this course is to teach you to work in the creative field to produce at a professional level any type of work regarding character animation focused on the entertainment industry.

Who is it for?

It is aimed at both professionals in the field and people who want to build a career in the field of Animation and/or Production CGI. This training is for Graduates as well as non-graduates since it is a completely autonomous and empirical training in a new professional sector. With this training, the person obtains the professional category of Character Animator that can work in Film, Shorts, Advertising, Video Games, etc. There are no prerequisites, you start at level 0 and it is intended for all audiences.... [-]


Master’s in Stop Motion Animation

Bau Design College of Barcelona
Campus Full time 1 year October 2018 Spain Barcelona

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’s in Stop Motion Animation

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.

The curriculum combines craftsmanship and technology and is at the same time exhaustive and eminently practical. By means of this syllabus we promote an overall and artistic perception of the management/production of projects together with the acquisition of a solid base consisting of the fundamentals of animation, combining the foregoing with the learning of the many techniques of stop-motion: plasticine, cut-out, pixelation, sand, paint-on-glass, animation with light, etc., and placing special emphasis on animation with articulated stick figures.... [-]


Master in Animation

SCAD - The Savannah College of Art and Design
Online Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Atlanta Savannah Hong Kong Sham Shui Po France Lacoste + 6 more

We give you the opportunity to collaborate with and take electives in other majors, such as visual effects, motion media, interactive design and game development, sound design, film and television, and sequential art. [+]

The art of animation

2-D. 3-D. Stop-motion. Digital Modeling. Rigging. Lighting. Look development. As an animation student at SCAD, you will master it all. We give you the opportunity to collaborate with and take electives in other majors, such as visual effects, motion media, interactive design and game development, sound design, film and television, and sequential art. The result? You graduate as a dynamic, multifaceted animator, extremely marketable and ready to take the industry by storm.

M.A. in Animation

Available at: - Savannah - eLearning

ANIM 501 Animation Context and History* ANIM 504 Character Animation Basics* ANIM 505 Animation Character Set-up* VSFX 501 Digital 3-D Effects* ANIM 705 Animation Aesthetics and Practice ANIM 709 Computer-generated Modeling and Design ANIM 713 Drawing in Motion ANIM 714 3-D Cartoon Character Animation† ANIM 715 Character Look Development† ANIM 724 3-D Naturalistic Character Animation‡ ANIM 725 Environment Look Development‡ ANIM 737 Collaborative Project ANIM 748 Animation M.A. Final Project ARTH 702 Art Criticism CLC 580 Collaboration§ ... [-]

Master in Animation & Visual Effects

Academy of Art University
Online Campus Full time 2 - 3 years September 2018 USA San Francisco + 1 more

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. [+]

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.

MFA Animation & Visual Effects Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units

TOTAL 63 units

*Per director approval

MFA Animation & Visual Effects Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project. Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. A minimum grade of C in all required 63 units. MFA Program Learning Outcomes ... [-]

Master’s Degree in 3D Character Animation

U-Tad Centro Universitario de Tecnología y Arte Digital
Campus Full time 600 hours September 2018 Spain Madrid

The Master's Degree in 3D Character Animation specializes students in the art of Acting, learning to transform animations into real character actors. The program also provides all the artistic and technical knowledge needed for being part of an animation studio's team. [+]

Master’s Degree in 3D Character Animation

The Master's Degree in 3D Character Animation specializes students in the art of Acting, learning to transform animations into real character actors. The program also provides all the artistic and technical knowledge needed for being part of an animation studio's team.

This Graduate program is focused on training animators from a multidisciplinary perspective, preparing them to join all kinds of productions: feature-length films, publicity, TV series, and a long etcetera.

Ilion Animation Talent Scholarships

Students on the program will carry out 150 hours practical work at Ilion Animation Studios, working directly on a new international Hollywood production that will premiere in 2016. Plus, they’ll be able to compete for 8 scholarships of between 50% and 40% for the Master’s Degree.... [-]


Master of Animation and Visualisation

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time 1 year January 2019 Australia Sydney

The UTS Master of Animation and Visualisation has been developed in partnership with Animal Logic and is offered through the UTS Animal Logic Academy. The course develops collaborative problem-solving skills and expertise through creative and technical collaborative work in a custom-built studio with real-world production work structures and creative and technical projects, under the guidance and mentorship of practitioners and creative leaders from the industry, including Animal Logic. [+]

The course provides challenges and opportunities that encourage exploration and skills-building across the spectrum of roles in digital production, animation, visual effects and emerging visualisation disciplines. Collaborative work practices guide the development of strong competencies in critical thinking, problem solving, design thinking and effective communication in a production environment. Graduates are able to work productively and effectively in a professional workplace environment.

Graduates gain skills that can be applied across a range of roles, from animation and software development to data visualisation, data science and across emerging technologies. They are also able to innovate in traditional professions as well as drive the development of new industry sectors.... [-]


Masters in 3D animation

Escola de Cinema de Barcelona
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Spain Barcelona

With the entry of the XXI century the use of three-dimensional images of synthesis in the field of audiovisual animation has become a phenomenon not to be habitual longer exciting. Much of the most outstanding animated films that have been made with 3D animation have become film history as rotundas masterpieces. Movies like Wall-E, UP, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, [+]

With the entry of the XXI century the use of three-dimensional images of synthesis in the field of audiovisual animation has become a phenomenon not to be habitual longer exciting. Much of the most outstanding animated films that have been made with 3D animation have become film history as rotundas masterpieces. Movies like Wall-E, UP, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, overturn or the complete saga of Toy Story, would not have had the same impact if they had done with two-dimensional animation techniques. The content and form symbolizing the personality of 3D animation are the very reason for their success. But the use of 3D beyond their mere application in animated feature films. It is surprising the huge number of objects and animated 3D characters that integrate with absolute naturalness and verisimilitude as part of a feature film, TV series or advertisement. ECIB, using the formative experience of 9zeros school, has designed a master that enhances both the technical and artistic qualities of students and their integration into a team similar to that developed in a professional animation work.... [-]


State-certified Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Animated Filmmaking

MOPA
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 France Arles

A two-year masters-level advanced training course dispensed in English and oriented towards external students with three years of study after the high school diploma, not having completed the MoPA Study Cycle 1. [+]

Transform your passion for CG animation into a winning career

A two-year masters-level advanced training course dispensed in English and oriented towards transferring students with three years’ undergraduate study or comparable work experience.

With an undergraduate qualification or equivalent experience in the digital arts, are you looking for a state-accredited, masters-level animation course? Follow in the footsteps of MoPA graduates who have mastered both technical skills and storytelling are now working in The Mill, Aardman Studios, DoubleNegative, Mikros and more...winning prizes like SIGGRAPH and shortlisted for the OSCARS.

Qualified and ready to join professional teams as soon as you graduate, a MoPA qualification is the passport to ambitious careers in a world of international studios and opportunities.... [-]