Friday, 28 February 2020

MA 3D Animation Returns on 25th Sept 2020

"Flame": MA film project
Our MA (Master of Arts) in 3D Animation is back, with a new class starting on 25th September 2020.

The MA in animation will be taught at our mid-town campus at 190 High Holborn in central London, and we look forward to welcoming our new cohort of students.

If you're looking for an animation course that teaches you how to animate to a professional level, and also leads to a formal qualification in the field, then this could be the right course for you.
MA 3D Animation
"The Niffler" - animated at Framestore in London
The MA in 3D Animation is a relatively new course - our first post-graduate degree in animation was first launched in September 2018.

The course teaches the full skillset to prepare students for a career in animation, as well as engaging with the theory and practice of the medium at masters' level.

Flame - now in festivals
Where and When
Campus: 190 High Holborn, London
Start date: 25th September 2020


How to apply
To find out more, and apply for the course, follow this link to the official site: MA 3D Animation

Who is this course for?
This course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn the art and craft of 3D Animation in Maya, and also receive a formal qualification in the field.

You might be a 2D animator wanting to break into 3D, or a graduate who didn’t get the right skills at university – or someone with no experience of animation who wants to make a career change. A MA is especially useful for any practitioner who wants to teach their subject at university level.

We teach all our students from scratch, and our goal is to make you job-ready by the end of the course.

Entry Requirements
We look for an undergraduate honours degree (such as a Batchelor of Arts), ideally (but not necessarily) with a significant component in the field of animation or a related arts or computer discipline.

BAFTA Eligible
We also offer a scholarship to one MA student, worth up to £8,000. You can find the details here

Our MA is also eligible for a BAFTA scholarship, worth up to £12,000. Find out more here.

What's this course all about?
We take you through all the essential principles of animation from the very beginning – bouncing a ball – through to sophisticated character and creature animation. We start with the basics of motion and locomotion, building up to pantomime, character performance, and also tackling animals and creatures.

Animation by Jamie Floodgate, now at Blue Zoo in London
Job opportunities
London has a strong focus on visual effects work and we want our students to be able to tackle the challenges and opportunities in our local market.

By the end of the course you should have a polished video portfolio in the shape of an online demo reel to help you find work in this growing but competitive industry.

Course Design
The animation program has been refined over many years, constantly being adapted to suit the needs of industry, and following extensive industry consultation. The Masters' degree course combines the existing 12 week courses structure of our animation short course with two extra modules, a studio project module and a self-study module.

Module Structure
  • AN7001 Module 1 - Locomotion and Mechanics (30 Credits)
  • AN7002 Module 2 - Character Performance (30 Credits)
  • AN7003 Module 3 - Animals and Creatures (30 Credits)
  • Module 4 - Studio Project (30 Credits)
  • Module 5 - Production Project (60 Credits)
For more detail of what is in the individual modules, see the official course page.

Lee Caller teaches a class at Escape Studios
Course Leader
The lead tutor is Lee Caller, an excellent animator with a superb sense of comic timing and storytelling. Lee has been teaching our short course animators for many years, and has considerable experience helping students break into the industry. You can see some of our recent success stories here.

Lee teaches our MA and Short Course students the first three modules on the course.

Other Escape Studios animation tutors include Michael Davies, Sydney Padua, and Amedeo Beretta.

Amedeo Beretta
Amedeo Beretta
Our newest animation tutor at Escape Studios is Amedeo Beretta, who joined the animation team at Escape Studios last year, and supervised the MA short film "Flame" which is now being entered in festivals.

Amedeo has worked on many major animation and VFX projects including Paul, John Carter and Planet 51, and combines extensive industry credits with plenty of teaching experience.

Amedeo studied the History of Cinema and Theatre at the University of Milan, and moved to London after graduation to work on animation and VFX projects for companies such as Double Negative, Scanline VFX, and Ilion Animation Studios.

You can see Amedeo's IMDB profile here, and also take a look at his demo reel below.

Amedeo Beretta - CG Animation Reel - VFX, Cine, TV from Amedeo Beretta on Vimeo.

Amedeo oversees Module 4, the studio project, and also has oversight along with Lee of the final Module, which is usually (though not always) a solo project.

Success Stories
To see some of our Escape Studios animation success stories, follow this link.

Student Work
To see some of the excellent work done by our short course and MA animation students at Escape Studios, check out our YouTube Channel, and our latest demo reel below:

Official Site
To find out more, follow this link to the official site.


The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To apply for our new BA/MArt starting in September 2020, follow this link. We train all our students with practical real-world skills, to give them the best possible chance of a career in industry. To see some of our animation success stories, follow this link.

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