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Animation degrees abroad

Storytelling through art and technology

The opportunities for studying animation abroad are as diverse as the career options and industries that these degrees can lead to. From film to television to video games to apps, start your career with one of the animation degrees below.

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BA in animation
SAE Institute Australia
Bachelor's degree
Multiple (4)
Designed to build your experience in all aspects of animation, this bachelor degree offered through SAE will develop fundamental skills...
Bachelor of Arts in Animation
NewSchool of Architecture and Design
Bachelor's degree
San Diego, United States of America
The bachelor in animation degree from NewSchool of Architecture and Design is instructed in English and provides students with comprehensive...
Diploma of 3D Animation
JMC Academy
Diploma program
Multiple (3)
JMC Academy’s 3D Animation program has been developed in association with studio artists from major companies, including Pixar and Animal...
B.A. in Animation
Budapest Metropolitan University
Bachelor's degree
Budapest, Hungary
The animation degree program from Budapest College of Communication and Business is designed for individuals who are interested in classical...
Master of Animation
University of Technology Sydney
Master's degree
Sydney, Australia
The Master of Animation at the University of Technology Sydney ( UTS ) in Australia is an education course which...
Higher Diploma in Games and Animation
Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education
Diploma program
Hong Kong, China
This programme aims to equip students with the practical knowledge and skills to become professionals for design and development of...
BA/BSc (Hons) Interactive Animation
SAE Institute UK
Bachelor's degree
Multiple (4)
The BA/BSc in Interactive Animation at SAE Institute UK aims to produce highly skilled creative animators to contribute the rapidly...
Bachelor of Creative Arts (3D Animation)
JMC Academy
Bachelor's degree
Multiple (3)
The Bachelor of Creative Arts (3D Animation) at JMC Academy in Australia is a technically, artistically, and client-focused education course...
Diploma in Digital Animation
Centennial College
Diploma program
Toronto, Canada
The diploma in digital animation is an intensive and efficient program that will prepare you for a professional career in...
Film and Animation MFA
Rochester Institute of Technology
Master's degree
Rochester, United States of America
Through this Master of Fine Arts program, students will gain access to state-of-the-art facilities to create live-action productions, scripts, and...
Higher Certificate in Animation and Visual Effects
SAE Institute South Africa
Graduate certificate
Cape Town, South Africa
In this animation and visual effects course delivered in Cape Town, students will acquire comprehensive skills in computer-generated 3D graphics...
Bachelor of Arts in Motion Design and Animation
SAE Institute South Africa
Bachelor's degree
Cape Town, South Africa
The BA in motion design and animation curriculum is delivered in Cape Town and it introduces the student to a...
BA/BSc in Game Art Animation
SAE Institute Berlin (international)
Bachelor's degree
Berlin, Germany
The BA/BSc in game art animation at SAE Institute Berlin aims to produce highly skilled creative animators to contribute the...
Certificate IV/ Diploma in Interactive Digital Media (Gaming & 3D Animation)
Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE
Diploma program
Sunshine Coast, Australia
The Certificate IV/ Diploma in Interactive Digital Media (Gaming & 3D Animation) at the Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE in...
Bachelor's Degree in Creative Computing (Animation, Gaming, Web Development)
Bath Spa University
Bachelor's degree
Bath, England
The Bachelor's Degree in Creative Computing (Animation, Gaming, Web Development) program from Bath Spa University is designed for curious people...
Animation
University of Dundee
Bachelor's degree
Dundee, Scotland
Built upon current industry studio practices, our course will train you as an animation professional. Develop specialist skills and express...
Diploma in Animation
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Sciences
Diploma program
Toronto, Canada
This six semester Animation diploma program is designed to give the student the skills necessary to succeed in both the...
MA in Animation
University of South Wales
Master's degree
Cardiff, United Kingdom
The MA Animation recognises the demand for truly creative individuals in the media industry. We produce highly skilled artists who...
BA Animation
The University of Edinburgh
Bachelor's degree
Edinburgh, Scotland
Our multiple award-winning programme differs radically from most animation programmes in that we teach the full spectrum of production methods....
Master of Creative Industries (Animation)
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Master's degree
Brisbane, Australia
The Master of Creative Industries (Animation) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia is an education program ideal...
Graduate Certificate in Animation
Algonquin College
Graduate certificate
Ottawa, Canada
The three-year Graduate Certificate in Animation  provides students with training in traditional hand drawn animation techniques and 2D digital animation...
Animation and Visual Effects
Ex'pression College
Diploma program
Emeryville, United States of America
This program in animation and visual effects bachelor program is designed to launch students toward a successful career in visual...
MA in Computer Animation
University of South Wales
Master's degree
Cardiff, United Kingdom
This course has been designed to develop 3D CG animation skills in modelling/sculpting, texturing, rigging, lighting, and dynamics for the...
Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects)
Media Design School
Bachelor's degree
Auckland, New Zealand
The Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects) at the Design Media School provides students with a...
Motion Creative
Hyper Island
Diploma program
Stockholm, Sweden
This program is designed to fuse elements of classical animation, drawing, and design with 2D and 3D graphics for video, film,...
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What are the prerequisites for studying animation?

In general, it is the students with creative tendencies that lean towards studying animation abroad. As well as artistic flair, it is also usually important for students to have at least a basic understanding of common animation software and IT. The most common pathway into a full animation degree is through a foundation program in art and design which allows students to develop their artistic skills and build up a portfolio of work, something that is commonly asked for as part of a degree application. Alternatively, many universities will also accept high school qualifications (e.g. SATs or A-levels).

What will I learn studying animation abroad?

Diploma & Bachelor programs

The curriculum of an animation degree will really depend on the qualification and level of specialization of the program. For those new to animation or those who perhaps have not had a lot of experience, diplomas or bachelors are often perfect programs to gain an broad understanding of animation at a fundamental level and allow students to get a taste of a variety of different aspects. This is particularly beneficial for students who know they want to eventually work in animation, but perhaps are unsure of what specific area they are interested in.

Some general skills covered in a diploma or bachelor program could include:

  • Image editing and manipulation
  • Special Effects
  • Animation for the Web
  • 2-D and 3-D modeling
  • Storytelling

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MASTER & DOCTORATE PROGRAMS IN ANIMATION

For those with higher levels of experience, master or doctorate degrees will often focus more around a specific area, role or industry, allowing for a more specific education that leads to particular jobs and roles within animation (like the ones listed above). Generally, students studying a master or doctorate degree in animation abroad will gain advanced-level software and business skills that are specific to the industry they're interested in working in. 

Why study an animation degree abroad?

Studying animation abroad is the perfect opportunity for students with a creative flair to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to pursue a career in a range of industries, combining art and technology to create moving objects, characters and visual effects to tell stories and entertain audiences of all ages.

Careers in animation

Studying an animation degree abroad could lead to a plethora of specialist careers, including but not limited to:

  • 3D Modeler
  • Animator
  • Art Director
  • Background Painter
  • Cartoonist
  • Color Key Artist
  • Director
  • Effects Animator
  • Forensic Animator
  • Film & Video Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Lighting Technician
  • Stop Motion Animator
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Texture Artist
  • Video Game Designer

If you're employed by a studio, animators generally work in an office environment with other employees working on the project. In some instances, you may be able to work from home if you work on a more freelance basis.

Here are some average statistics for animation jobs in the U.S., according to PayScale.com and the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Typical Entry-Level Education

Bachelor's degree

Number of Jobs

73,700

Job Outlook, 2016 - 2026

8% (as fast as average)

Average salary (based on years of experience):

0 - 5 years

USD $47,000

5 - 10 years

USD $57,000

10 - 20 years

USD $72,000

20+ years

USD $76,000


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