Computer animation student uses stylus on screen
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2022


Computer animation is used across so many creative industries, from computer games and advertising, to television and film. If you're ready to learn the skills you need to work in the exciting computer animation industry – and take your education to the next level too – this is the Master's course for you.

On this MSc Computer Animation degree, you'll develop technical skills, learn to use the latest kit, and put your expertise into practice as you take on a computer animation project that matches your interests and career ambitions.

When you graduate, you'll have all the tools you need for a career in the creative and media industries.

Entry requirements​

This qualification is an option on the Creative Technologies Master's course. You'll apply for the MSc Creative Technologies course, then choose Computer Animation as your pathway project after you start the course. You'll graduate with MSc Computer Animation.

These are the entry requirements for the MSc Creative Technologies course.

MSc Creative Technologies Master's requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Selection process

An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process.

For more information on how to put together a portfolio, read our MSc Creative Technologies portfolio guide.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Design and develop 2D and 3D content, software, and research for a project of your choice
  • Use our industry-standard hardware, modern computer animation software and techniques to produce animation and innovative visuals
  • Build technological expertise in an area such as facial animation, virtual reality or motion capture
  • Carry out client-based research

Careers and opportunities

This course is ideal if you're a professional animator or someone with a computing background wanting to develop more specialist skills.

This course will give you the skills you need for a successful career in the entertainment industry, incorporating areas such as animation, visual effects in television/film and gaming. Other career prospects include:

  • 2D and 3D graphics
  • motion capture
  • virtual reality
  • project planning

Computer animation skills can also be used in fields which use visual simulation expertise, for example scientific exploration and historical or military case scenario representations.

What you'll study on this MSc Computer Animation degree course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.


Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Professional, Academic and Research Development – 30 credits
  • Project Context and Definition – 30 credits
  • Project Design and Development – 60 credits
  • Project Evaluation and Resolution – 60 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the international development field.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques


You'll be encouraged to explore and research your specialism, and be challenged to put your knowledge to the test. You'll learn to define, implement, evaluate and reflect on what you learn, to emerge as an expert in your field.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 3 teaching blocks with assessment periods in between:

  • Teaching block 1 (includes Christmas break) – October to January
  • Assessment period 1 –late January to early February
  • Teaching block 2 (includes Easter break) – February to May
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June
  • Teaching block 3 – June to September

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

You can also use many of the facilities and get support from Faculty staff in the evenings and weekends.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • project proposal
  • research and development papers
  • reflective reports
  • completed artefacts
  • presentations

You'll be able to test your knowledge and skills informally before submitting assessments that count towards your final mark.

You'll get plenty of feedback, to help you improve in the future.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time: £8,100
  • Part-time
    • Year 1: £5,400
    • Year 2: £2,700

International students

  • Full-time: £17,000
  • Part-time
    • Year 1: £11,330
    • Year 2: £5,670

Fees subject to annual increase

Funding your studies

Find out more how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover. 

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government postgraduate loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 module a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.


Apply for this course by using our online application form:

You'll be applying for MSc Creative Technologies but you'll graduate with a MSc Computer Animation Master's degree when you complete the course.

Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.