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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 - 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
    Show program overview about Animation
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    Animation - BA (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,881 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Animation - BA (Hons) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,396 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,876 CAD

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

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,476 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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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

    Start date
    May, August, January
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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
    9,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,048 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January, February
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    Animation - AA Diablo Valley College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 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
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Computer Animation - 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

    Start date
    June, August, February
    Show program overview about Computer Animation
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    Digital Animation - AASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,305 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,305 USD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Digital Animation

Diploma in animation

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    Animation - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,684 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,926 CAD

    Start date
    September
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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
    13,748 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,340 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    26,797 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,746 CAD

    Start date
    April, July, October, January
    Show program overview about Video Game Design and Animation

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
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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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
    14,485 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,700 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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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
    9,019 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,296 EUR

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Animation
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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
    19,190 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Animation - MA Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,333 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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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
    March, September, January
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    Animation, Games and Interactivity - MA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,657 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,680 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
    Show program overview about Animation, Games and Interactivity

Diploma in animation

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    Animation - 3D - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,392 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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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
    18,511 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.