MA 3D Animation

Escape Studios
Course summary
Postgraduate Education
1 year
15,450 - 17,995 GBP
Full time
Postgraduate Education
Course Dates
Online courses
15,450 GBP

17,995 GBP
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Course description

MA 3D Animation

Master the art of 3D Animation

This postgraduate qualification is designed for students that want to take their computer animation skills to the highest level.

During the first 18 weeks you’ll learn your craft from the comfort of your home and master advanced practises, such as creature interaction, dialogue and lipsync. You will then put your skills to test by working on two industry standard projects, creating high quality animations that can form part of your showreel.

At the end of the degree you will have earned a postgraduate qualification, have a showreel of computer animation work, a thorough understanding of the animation/vfx industry and the skills and connections to kick-start your creative career.

Our Head of Animation, Alex Williams, has developed the MA 3D Animation programme, bringing his experience from working at leading studios including Disney, DreamWorks, Fox, Warner Bros and Sony. The course will be led by Alex with guest lectures from animation professionals working in the industry.

Suitability - Who should attend?

An undergraduate honours degree with a significant component in the field of animation or related discipline.

We're also happy to consider applicants without a degree if you have significant industry experience in the field of animation or a related area.

We'll ask suitable applicants to submit a creative portfolio and attend an interview.

English Language requirements

If your first language is not English you may need to complete an English language test, such as a Pearson English language test (PTE Academic) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, to demonstrate you have the language skills needed to complete your degree. All our courses are taught in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

Training Course Content

Module 1 - Locomotion and Mechanics

  • Week 1 - General Introduction to Maya
    • Basic modelling
    • Texturing
    • Lighting
  • Week 2 - General Introduction to Maya
    • Lighting
    • Texturing
    • Rigging
  • Week 3 - General Principles of Animation and an Introduction to Locomotion
  • Week 4 - Advanced Locomotion
    • Runs
    • Hops
    • Jumps
    • Skips
  • Week 5 - Introduction to Character Animation
  • Week 6 - More on Character Animation
    • Building and blocking a shot
    • Parenting
    • Constraints

Module 2 - Character Performance

  • Week 1 - Weight and flexibility. Cartoon physics - animating a Box Lift creating characters
  • Week 2 - Animal locomotion, trots walks and runs
  • Week 3 - Animal locomotion continued
  • Week 4 - Acting, dialogue and lipsync
  • Week 5 - Final exercise
  • Week 6 - Demo reel

Module 3 (unit 13-18) - Animals and Creatures

  • Week 1 - Advanced character animation: dialogue and lipsync
  • Week 2 - Advanced character animation: acting and performance
  • Week 3 - Advanced motion capture and facial performance
  • Week 4 - Advanced creature animation: creature performance and acting
  • Week 5 - Advanced character and creature interactions
  • Week 6 - Demo reel and polish

Module 4 - Studio Project

Module 5 - Production Project

Why choose Escape Studios

In 2020 over 80% of VFX, 100% of Animation and over 80% of their Game Art undergraduate students have had their student projects nominated for awards.

36 Escapees (alumni) worked on No Time to Die, 47 worked on Avengers: Endgame, and 24 worked on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

In 2021, they hosted over 70 mock interviews with the likes of MPC, DNEG, Aardman, Blue Zoo and Creative Assembly.


  • Tuition fees for on-campus: £17,995 per year
  • Tuition fees for live online: £15,450 per year

Continuing Studies

On completion of the course you will graduate with a postgraduate qualification and the technical skills required by the industry, helping you break into the animation world and make an impact.

Animation artists often start out in junior roles, but can rise to become mid-level and senior role such as Lead Animators and Technical Directors. From here the path is open to becoming an Animation Supervisor.

Our alumni, dubbed ‘Escapees’ go on to work in many areas of the industry including 3D animation for films, TV, games, and visual effects. Escapees from our Animation courses are now working at companies including: Pixar, BlueZoo and Framestore.

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Escape Studios

Escape Studios offers undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses in Visual Effects (VFX), Game Art, Animation and Motion Graphics. Whether you are looking to take your first step into the Creative industries, develop your professional skills or give you that much...

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190 High Holborn
WC1V 7BH London

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