MA Character and Creature Animation

From Pixels to Personality: Shape the Future of Animation

Join our MA Character and Creature Animation programme and embark on a creative journey that shapes the future of visual storytelling

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Sep 16, 2024
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24 months
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Part Time
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Programme Summary

Transform fantasy into reality as you manifest your digital creations

Bring imagination to life from the digital pen to the silver screen

Step into the enchanting world of animation excellence. Our 100% online MA programme unleashes your creativity, ignites your passion, and elevates your animation prowess. The University of Hertfordshire has multiple student animation award winners, and our programme holds the esteemed Rookie Accreditation (2022). Dive into 3D animation wizardry, honing your skills for Visual Effects, Games, and Film and Television. Embrace advanced workflows, pushing the boundaries of character and creature animation. Our dynamic, global community fuels inspiration and innovation, while industry experts guide your transformation. Don't miss this chance to craft a thrilling career in animation's forefront. Embrace the MA in Character and Creature Animation at UH Online, and become the visionary animator the world craves.

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Who is this Online Postgraduate Degree for?

Unlock your path to success

This fully online degree will expand your career options, offering you new possibilities and paths to success.

Excel in Your Current Career

Already working in animation or a related field? Our online MA programme equips you with advanced 3D animation skills, positioning you as a skilled influencer in your current role. Master the art of character design and bring life to fantasy worlds, driving positive change in the animation industry.

Change Career Paths

Ready to embark on a new journey in animation? Immerse yourself in diverse animation practices, from character performance to visual effects. Redefine your career path and seize opportunities as a character designer, visual effects artist, or game animator. Create immersive experiences and elevate visual storytelling.

Go Your Own Way

Dream of starting your own venture in animation? Our MA programme empowers you to shape your unique path. Develop animation practices that address contemporary challenges and launch your own creative projects. Become a visionary in the world of animation, leaving a lasting impact on diverse audiences.

Why choose our online
MA Character and Creature Animation?

Advance your career with an internationally recognised degree
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Earn an an online
MA Character and Creature Animation
degree from a modern UK university
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UH Online is 2nd for Graduate Employability in the most recent PTES Survey.
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Enhance your career prospects with a research focused degree
Flexible learning that fits your schedule
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Study at your own pace, anytime and anywhere from any device, your world is your campus.
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Student Support Consultants and services are available throughout your course
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Online Library and Virtual classroom are available 24/7
Taught by expert faculty with industry experience
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Learn from our team of campus based academic experts who create learning the outcomes
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Benefit from their extensive experience and knowledge in the field of choice
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Join fellow learners through virtual events and module discussions
Rigorous academic standards and quality control procedures
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Receive the same academic standards and award as the equivalent on-campus course
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Be assured of the quality and rigour of your education with a QAA assured degree
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Am I Eligible

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Module Pathway

The part-time Online MA Character and Creature Animation is 180 Credits and comprises of core modules followed by a final research project.
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Core Modules
Animal & Creature Animation (30 Credits)
Character Performance (30 Credits)
Locomotion and Mechanics for Animation (30 Credits)
The Animation Industry: Preparing for a Career (30 Credits)
Introduction to Animation Skills
Final Research Project
Graduation Portfolio (60 Credits)
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Further Course Information
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Entry Requirements

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The entry requirements for the programme are:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline at a level equivalent to a UK second-class Honours degree.
  • Applicants must also submit a portfolio of creative work showing appropriate skills in the intended area of study to be considered for these courses.
  • For International applicants whose first language is not English, IELTS score of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band), or equivalent

  • The school will consider non-standard applicants who can demonstrate that they have relevant work experience over a period of 3 years via a Curriculum Vitae and/or LinkedIn profile.  

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The supporting documents for the programme are:

  • Bachelor’s degree (where applicable) at a level equivalent to a UK second class Honours degree.
  • A reference letter from a current or previous manager or HR department or person in a position of authority is required as supporting evidence
  • Personal identification documents e.g passport or I.D
  • A personal statement (approx. 3-500 words) and/or video presentation about why you want to study this programme.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency (POE) where applicable.
  • POE exemption may be offered to students.  Please speak to a Student Success Consultant to discover whether you are eligible for an exemption

Start your application Journey

Advance your career with UH Online's online postgraduate degrees. Apply today and gain the knowledge and skills for professional success from the convenience of your home.

Delivered by Expert Faculty

Personal and Network development

Inter Disciplinary Module Approach

Consultancy Project Options

Industry Informed Content

Delivered by Expert Faculty

Personal and Network development

Inter Disciplinary Module Approach

Industry Informed Content

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Bet on Yourself

Game Animator

  • Game Animator: Create captivating and immersive game experiences through animation, blending your artistic talent with technical expertise.

Visual Effects Artist

Visual Effects Artist: Elevate visual storytelling with cutting-edge animation techniques, impacting the world of animation for VFX, games, and film.

Character Designer

Character Designer: Craft compelling and memorable characters for diverse entertainment media using your creative approach and theoretical understanding.

Creature Animator

Bring life to fantasy worlds and characters in film, TV, and games with your advanced 3D animation skills.


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