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Leeds Arts University: Worldbuilding and Creature Design

Institution Leeds Arts University View institution profile
Department Art and Performance
Telephone 0113 202 8000
Study type Taught


We are intending to bring together our MAs in Worldbuilding and Creature Design. This is in response to industry demand for pre-production specialisms and will enable us to bring together practitioners who want to create immersive worlds along with opportunities to develop creatures that can interact with imaginative, yet to be explored environments.

The course is the first of its kind in the UK. The Creature Design aspects open career opportunities in film, game and comic industries as well as work supporting scientific research, such as visualising prehistoric life or paleo reconstruction, evolution and life on other planets, known as speculative biology. The Worldbuilding aspects invites students to create richly-detailed cultural, historical and futuristic worlds for careers in the entertainment industry, production and research.

Candidates are encouraged to position their work within a professional context to help inform the visual output and appropriate production method. There may be opportunities for cross-disciplinary influences and peer review.

The course provides the critical and progressive space to explore the processes and contexts to visualise and build immersive, believable and sustainable new worlds and creatures.

Developing a body of self-negotiated work, you will be supported by a team with diverse research and practical interests and work closely with visiting industry professionals.

*This course is subject to approval


Leeds Arts University 


Postgraduate study at Leeds Arts University
Founded in 1846 as the Leeds Government School of Art and Design, Leeds Arts University has built an international reputation as one of the UK’s leading creative arts education institutions.

The University offers MA courses in Animation, Creative Practice, Digital Fashion,  Fine Art, Graphic DesignIllustration and Graphic Novel Photography and Worldbuilding and Creature Design all delivered by expert tutors who are all highly experienced in their creative field.

Whatever subject you choose you can take advantage of great industry links, providing networking and other professional …

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