United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (2 Years)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview

The Animation programme is a world leader in practice and research, with a commitment to broadening the understanding of our complex discipline. Established over 30 years ago, the programme has an international reputation that places it at the forefront of the discipline. Within the programme, there are three distinct pathways: Documentary Animation, Experimental Animation and Narrative Animation, one of which students select as part of their application.


Who should take this course

This programme is ideal for those looking to enhance their expertise, develop creative and design-thinking mindsets or change careers. Current students on this programme include:

  • Graduates
  • Early-career professionals
  • Mid-career professionals
  • Advanced career professionals

Course content

First Year:

During the first year, students choose a School of Communication elective, attend CHS sessions and write a dissertation, which is supported at the three stages of proposal, draft and final submission by theoretical and contextual seminars. Unit 3 is pathway-oriented and foundational to ground students in core theories, aesthetic contexts, creative approaches and practice methods that will both build on and provoke a re-examination of previous systems of practice. In the second term, students initiate and produce a Pathway-oriented first year project, which can take the form of a short film, installation or interactive project that can be created collaboratively or independently.

Second Year:

In the second year, students are expected to initiate and take responsibility for the production planning, conceptual and visual development of a graduation project that reflects on and may extend beyond the thematics of their chosen pathway. Development of the project tis enhanced through specialist lectures and workshops, critical forum seminars, technical workshops and professional practice seminars. They will work independently to realise, disseminate and critically reflect on their project. This will include both animation production and plans for promotion, installation and exhibition at the graduate Show.

About Course Provider

The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading university of art and design, placing at Number One in the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 QS World University Rankings.

Wholly postgraduate and specialising in teaching and research, the RCA offers the degrees of MA, MPhil and PhD across the disciplines of applied art, fine art, design, communications and humanities. There are over 1,750 Master’s and doctoral students and more than 1,000 professionals interacting with them - including scholars, art and design practitioners--along with specialists, advisers and distinguished visitors.

The College is rightly proud of its graduates'​ achievements. Alumni from the RCA form part of an international network of creative individuals who have shaped and continue to shape the culture surrounding all of us – from the landscape of our cities to the furniture and appliances in our homes, and from the clothes we wear and the films we watch to the work we experience in galleries and the cars we drive.

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