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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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    Games Animation, Modelling and Effects - BSc (Hons) (with foundation) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,345 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Animation and Visual Effects - BSc (Hons) (with placement) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,262 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Creative Computing (Animation) - BSc (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,530 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Animation - 3D Animation - BFA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,551 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,551 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Animation - BA (Hons) Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,072 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

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

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    14,436 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,340 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Animation – Digital Production - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,734 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,907 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in animation

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    Animation Level II - Cert Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    15,570 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,400 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Animation graduate programs

Master's in animation

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    Animation - MA Avans University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,955 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,198 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Animation - MA University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,077 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,700 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Visual Effects Animation - MFA Lynn University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,320 USD

    Start date
    January, May
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    Animation - MFA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,680 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,680 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Animation & VFX - MSc University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,789 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,150 GBP

    Start date
    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
    Annual tuition fee
    13,012 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in animation

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    Computer Animation Digital Character - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,437 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,693 CAD

    Start date
    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.