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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 study abroad programs

Animation undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in animation

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    Animation - BA Drury University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,100 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,100 USD

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    Animation - BA 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

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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
    22,494 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

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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
    19,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

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    -
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    Animation - BA/BFA Lipscomb University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,860 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,860 USD

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Associate in animation

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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

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    Animation Production - AA College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 USD

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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

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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

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Diploma in animation

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    Animation - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,415 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,926 CAD

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    -
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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
    14,846 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,340 CAD

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    Video Game Design and Animation - Dip Toronto Film School, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    28,935 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,746 CAD

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Certificate in animation

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    Animation Level I - 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

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    -
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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
    15,732 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,400 GBP

    Start date
    -
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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
    27,680 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,680 USD

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    Animation - MA Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,940 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

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    Animation - MA Avans University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,655 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,296 EUR

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    Animation Production - MA Arts University Bournemouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,530 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,500 GBP

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    Animation, Games and Interactivity - MA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,678 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,680 AUD

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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
    13,381 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

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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
    19,988 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,693 CAD

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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.