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MA Character Animation at Central Saint Martins

The MA Character Animation course at Central Saint Martins provides students with theoretical, practical and culturally-aware animation skills.

School: Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (UAL)
Course: MA Character Animation
Location: London, UK
Course dates: starts September 2023, with a duration of two years (60 weeks) extended full-time
Application deadline: rolling deadline

MA Character Animation is a practical course that encourages research and contextual thinking. We will teach you how to make your characters do much more than move – we will teach you to make them perform.

You will learn timing, software, storytelling, character design, film language and take life drawing lessons. Alongside this, you will also explore historical and critical approaches to animation.

Increasingly, animation gives voice to disparate and often overlooked cultural experiences and social contexts and thereby empowers communication. There is also an expanding range of media and platforms that are opening up fresh areas of ethical challenge for animators who need to engage with cultural and critical thinking.

Reflecting multi-cultural visual and storytelling traditions, the course attracts applicants from a wide range of practices and cultural backgrounds. You will be encouraged to investigate, experiment, and apply a range of different visual and performance approaches to your own work.

MA Character Animation fosters universal techniques and adaptable, practice-based knowledge. You will learn skills which can be applied to different software packages, technical processes, creative approaches and distribution technologies in the future.

The course is committed to ensuring it remains commercially and artistically relevant in a fluctuating field.

Find out more about the course and apply ›

Top image: MA Character Animation student project by Ke Ren.

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