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MA Computer Animation

Computer Animation is prevalent right across moving image media. It is used in feature films, television dramas, natural history programmes on television, computer games, advertising commercials, corporate advertising and training, education and many other outlets.  

This master's programme is about learning and developing new skills, encouraging your creativity, and experimentation, among many other things.

Computer animation is usually fun to watch, fun to plan and fun to do. Whether you consider yourself to be artistic, more inclined towards the technical, or anywhere in-between, computer animation has a broad reach and has a career path for most who wish to join the computer animation industry.  


To apply for a place on our MA Computer Animation course, please click here or contact the course tutor 

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Tuition Fees 2019/20:
£6,200 (Home/EU)
£12,950 (Overseas)

Five reasons to study this course

  1. Swansea College of Art (SCA) UWTSD is recognised as a centre of excellence for art and design-based learning and research. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) categorised 95.8% of our research as being of world renown or recognised as internationally excellent.
  2. The master's Contemporary Dialogues portfolio offers a unique interdisciplinary learning environment, with access to workshops and staff across the faculty.
  3. Master's and research students are supported by a highly committed and professional team of lecturers and technical demonstrators, who together create a diverse, supportive learning environment.
  4. SCA offers full- and part-time options and, to help support our master's students, we deliver the majority of core teaching on Thursdays and Fridays.
  5. Whatuni ranked UWTSD 6th in the UK for postgraduate study in the Student Choice Awards 2018. The university has also been ranked 5th in the UK for postgraduate taught satisfaction in Creative Arts & Design, PTES 2018.

What you will learn

Course Overview

You will study a range of taught modules covering animation techniques, production methods, production management, and pre- and post-production.

Throughout these modules you will have the opportunity to develop your systemic knowledge and understanding of computer-generated styles and formats, some of which are at the forefront of contemporary knowledge.

You will also gain experience of contemporary industry-standard media production software and develop your critical awareness of computer-generated imagery. In addressing the topic of pre-production you will develop your ability to produce pre-production material that clearly communicates to specialist and non-specialist audiences, a skill that is valued by employers.

Throughout the programme you will improve your ability to initiate and carry out ambitious projects, (both personally and in teams). You will be expected to be decisive in complex and unpredictable contexts, to manage your own learning, employ scholarly reviews and original materials relevant to your discipline and show critical self-judgement. You will also develop your reflective critical thinking and analytical approaches to creative design with an awareness of social, ethical and cultural implications.


3D Animation (Part I)
This module is designed to provide students with a systematic knowledge and understanding of computer-generated animation styles and formats, some of which are at the forefront of contemporary knowledge. 

Production Methods (Part One)
This module is designed to enable the student to gain a systematic knowledge of contemporary industry-standard media production software relevant to their chosen field of research and to orientate the student towards the ongoing process of self-learning and development.

Production Management (Part One)
This module is designed to foster students’ critical awareness of computer-generated imagery (CGI) industry-standard production practices in the rapidly evolving field of computer animation. 

Pre-Production (Part One)
To create pre-production material that reflects new insights into their field of study and to create and present original pre-production material that clearly communicates to specialist and non-specialist audiences. 

Post Production (Part One)
This module is designed to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of individual image manipulation and complex effects sequences.  

Major Project (Part Two)
The part two project provides an opportunity for the student to undertake a deep and systematic study into a particular area of the agreed team project. The area will require knowledge and understanding of developments at the forefront of computer animation. It will provide a vehicle to further advance the innovative and creative skills of the student and to integrate the material taught in part one. As such, it aims to prepare the students for life-long learning, fostering an investigative and analytical approach to solving complex problems in an innovative manner.


The programme is assessed through coursework and oral presentations/examinations in accordance with the awarding body's regulations. The coursework is varied and the nature of assessment depends on the nature of the outcomes being assessed.  Students receive, as part of the student handbook, details of the assessment scheme used to assess work. Specific assessment criteria are contained in individual assignment briefs which are given to each student at the start of each assignment/project.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

We normally require an undergraduate 2.1. However, we also consider candidates with relevant experience and aim to interview all applicants. Where possible, we invite prospective students to experience a day of teaching to see if it suits their expectations.

Career Opportunities

The main career opportunities the MA in Computer Animation offers are working on, or in:

  • Computer games content
  • Computer games promotion
  • Corporate sector promotion
  • Corporate sector training
  • Education sector training
  • Feature film content
  • General digital media content
  • TV broadcast content
  • TV commercials content
Additional Costs

Our students have access to a diverse range of equipment and resources which, in most cases, is sufficient to complete their programme of study. We provide the basic materials necessary for students to develop their practical work within our extensive workshop and studio facilities.

However, it is likely that art and design students will incur some additional costs in the extension of their personal practice. Examples include purchasing their own specialised materials and equipment, joining optional study trips, and paying for printing. 

Depending on distance and duration, optional study visits can vary in cost from approximately £10 to visit local galleries and exhibitions, to £200 plus for overseas or longer UK study visits. These costs cover such things as transport and entry to venues and accommodation. There are normally reduced rates for our students.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

Current bursaries and scholarships can be viewed here.

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In addition to our University Accommodation at Llys Glas, Swansea also benefits from a number of private student halls, all within a short walk, including:

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