MA Animation (Documentary Animation, Experimental Animation or Narrative Animation)


Program Description

Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for six consecutive years (2015-2020) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

About the Programme

Our Animation programme is world-renowned for artistic practice and innovative risk-taking. We encourage our students to deal creatively and sensitively with contemporary issues across a range of technologies and platforms. They find their own voice within a continuum of techniques, concepts and canons, and gain the critical tools, knowledge and confidence to become a game changer in the field of animation

Structured around a potent combination of workshops, lectures, discussions, screenings and tutorials, the curriculum has a particular emphasis on developing creative content informed by collaboration and research. We take a singular approach to learning and teaching to help you develop the skills to negotiate rapid cultural and technological change.

When applying for this programme, you select one of these specialist pathways.

Experimental Animation: Explore making expanded moving image projects.

Documentary Animation: Addresses changing documentary and non-fiction animation practices involving animation and social, political, cultural and global themes.

Narrative Animation: Focuses on experimentation with forms of storytelling.

MA Entrance Requirements

Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process will consider creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your portfolio, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high MA standards overall.

Animation attracts individuals from a notably wide range of disciplines to explore their fields through animation, including film, architecture, graphic design, literature, communication arts, performance, art history, computing, illustration, pure and applied sciences, and maths or fine art. You’re normally expected to have a BA, an equivalent qualification or professional experience.

You will be selected on the basis of a body of work that demonstrates an advanced understanding of animation and sufficient technical skill to realise intentions. We also consider evidence of your commitment to the subject, intellectual curiosity, open-mindedness, the ability to collaborate, to engage in debate and respond to criticism, and your ability to engage in sustained and consistent study.

Shadow Passage, Ali Aschman, MA Animation 2019

Image: Shadow Passage, Ali Aschman, 2019

Last updated Jun 2020

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Located in the heart of London, the Royal College of Art is the most influential, wholly postgraduate university of art and design in the world.

Located in the heart of London, the Royal College of Art is the most influential, wholly postgraduate university of art and design in the world. Read less