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Study animation abroad

An in-depth guide to studying animation as an international student.

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Animation degrees abroad

Animation is becoming more and more common in the world around us, be it in the latest animated films, computer games, advertising or news media. For this reason, talented animators are in high demand, and a degree in has become a popular option for artistic students around the world.

A degree in animation can teach you a wide range of skills and production methods, including 2D and 3D techniques, CGI, drawing and stop-motion. Most programs will include traditional techniques, as well as the use of innovative modern technologies that will shape the future of animation.

Animation degree programs are offered in universities and art schools all over the world. Studying animation abroad will mean you’ll have a huge range of programs to choose from, and you might be able to access technology and facilities you might not be able to get at home.

Animation program structure

What’s covered in an animation program will depend on several factors, including the country or university your studying in, and the level of qualification you’re taking.

Many universities and art colleges offer animation combined with other subjects, for example animation and games design, or animation and visual effects. If there is a specific area of animation you are interested in, consider a program that focuses on that area.

Animation can be studied at undergraduate level as a BA over three to four years. Some universities offer a work placement year or year abroad as part of their program. Most programs will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars, and you’ll be assessed though design projects, portfolios, coursework and a final year dissertation.

It’s also possible to study for a master’s in animation if you already hold a relevant undergraduate degree. These typically take between one and two years, and will expand your understanding of animation theory and practice.

Some of the subjects and modules you will find on an animation degree program include:

  • 2D animation
  • 3D animation
  • Animation history and theory
  • Drawing for animation
  • Visual narrative
  • Visual effects (VFX)
  • Game arts
  • Computer animation
  • Motion capture and previsualization

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Animation undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in animation

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    Emerging Media – Character Animation Track - BFA University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,478 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Animation and Interactive Media - BDes RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,520 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Animation - BDes University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,275 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Animation - BA (Hons) (with placement) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,300 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Animation - BA/BFA Lipscomb University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,860 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in animation

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    Computer Animation & Visual Effects (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,400 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in animation

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    Animation - 3D - AdvDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,340 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Animation – Digital Production - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,907 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Associate in animation

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    Digital Animation - AASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Animation graduate programs

Master's in animation

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    Animation, Games and Interactivity - MA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,680 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Animation & VFX - MSc University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,150 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Computer Animation and Visual Effects - MSc Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,500 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Animation - MFA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,680 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Animation - MA University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,700 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in animation

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    Animation - 3D - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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Future animation careers

Most animation graduates look for careers as animators in the media production industry, but there are several different roles you could consider. Popular careers for animation graduates include:

  • Animator
  • Concept artist
  • Games designer/developer
  • Illustrator
  • VFX artist
  • Animation director
  • Modeller
  • UI designer

Many animation programs will help you build connections in the industry to help you find a career after you graduate. Some will include modules that will show you how to put together successful portfolios or showreels that will help you impress industry professionals.

Some graduates choose to work as freelance animators, or you can look to find full time employment in a production company or in another industry like advertising or design.