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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.

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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

Animation study abroad programs

Animation undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in animation

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    Animation - BA (Hons) Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,104 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Animation - BA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    43,665 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 43,665 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Animation - BSc Middle Tennessee State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,144 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,144 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Games Design and Development: Modelling and Animation - BSc (Hons) University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,569 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,150 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Animation - BA (Hons) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,944 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,800 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in animation

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    Animation - ASc Santa Monica College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,264 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,264 USD

    Start date
    August, January, February, June
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    Animation (Diablo Valley College) - AA Colleges of Contra Costa, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,840 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,840 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Animation and Game Design - AA Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,740 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Computer Science: Animation and Gaming - AASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,184 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,184 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Multimedia Design and Production: Animation - AASc Lane Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March
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Diploma in animation

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    3D Modeling, Art and Animation - Dip British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,718 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,376 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Animation - OCADip Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,511 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,192 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Animation - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,345 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,896 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Animation - Dip Conestoga College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,192 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,658 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Animation and Graphics (Miramichi Campus) - Dip New Brunswick Community College, Canada
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    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,011 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,580 CAD

    Start date
    April, September
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Certificate in animation

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    Introduction to Animation and Game Design - Cert Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,740 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Animation graduate programs

Master's in animation

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    Animation - MA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,868 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March
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    Animation - MA University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    15 months
    Annual tuition fee
    20,378 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,000 GBP

    Start date
    January
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    Animation - MA Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,104 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Animation - MA Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,766 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,090 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Game Art and Animation - MPhil Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,786 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, February, June
    Show program overview about Game Art and Animation

Doctorate in animation

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    Game Art and Animation - PhD Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,786 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, February, June
    Show program overview about Game Art and Animation

Certificate in animation

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    Game Art & Animation - OCGCert Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,539 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,329 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Game Art & Animation

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.