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Kingston University: Animation

Institution Kingston University View institution profile
Department Department of Illustration Animation
Study type Taught


Reasons to choose Kingston

  • You will be given creative agency to develop an individual and critical approach to advanced animation practice.

  • An interdisciplinary approach is valued and promoted through shared modules and collaborative projects that ask you to look beyond disciplinary limits.

  • The curriculum is designed to support you gain 'Future Skills' and attributes such as creative problem solving, reasoning, and emotional intelligence.

About this course

The MA Animation programme at Kingston School of Art takes a creative and director-led approach to interdisciplinary moving image production. This course will equip you with the skills and attributes to thrive in a professional environment shaped by rapid cultural and technological change. It will introduce you to a wide range of interlinked and adaptable technologies and methods including 2D and 3D animation, virtual reality and augmented reality. You will use animation methods to interpret knowledge, stories, ideas and data into visual or experiential outputs that communicate complexity with empathy.

MA Animation supports the development of an individual practice informed by a culture that values research and collaboration. Research is seen as integral to the act of critical making through experimentation with physical, digital and virtual tools and technologies embracing a diverse range of multidisciplinary approaches.

Through tutorials, lectures, seminars, workshops and research projects, you will gain the critical tools, knowledge and confidence needed to contribute to the development of the subject and its practice. Every student will have the opportunity to complete an extended research project, typically a film.

Example modules

  • Studio: Critical Making for Animation

  • Reading: Critical Positions

  • Studio: Situating Practice for Animation Presentation Future Directions

  • Studio: Extended Research Project for Animation

For a full list of modules please visit the Kingston University course webpage.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the Illustration Animation Department permeate the animation industry all over the world.


Kingston University


A vibrant, modern and supportive University based across four campuses, Kingston offers a wide range of postgraduate taught and research degrees. It offers people from all backgrounds and countries (148 at the last count) the opportunity to make a difference – not only to their own lives, but also to the world around them.

You’ll earn a postgraduate degree with a difference via 118 years of teaching excellence.  We will help you to achieve your career goals by putting your academic knowledge into practice, gaining the problem-solving skills and flexibility you need to adapt to the changing …

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