Undergraduate scholarships and bursaries

Our scholarships are developed with iconic professionals, offering the opportunity to be hand-picked by some of the biggest names in the industry. You'll automatically be considered for a scholarship if you attend and pass a creative workshop.  

If you’re passionate about working in the creative industries, here you can see the financial assistance we offer to help undergraduate students from underrepresented groups access higher education.

Paul Franklin Scholarship for Visual Effects

Paul Franklin, Co-Founder of DNEG (one of London's most prestigious post houses), is offering a full fee scholarship to a talented student in VFX. 

Paul Franklin has worked on some of the most memorable and successful films of recent times, titles such as Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

His work on Inception (2010) won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and the BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects and he won a second Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for Interstellar (2014).

Eamonn Butler Scholarship for Computer Animation

Eamonn Butler, Head of Animation at Cinesite is offering a full fee scholarship to a talented student in 2D or 3D animation. 

Eamonn started his career at Walt Disney Animation Studios as a 2D Animator. He spent 10 years at Disney, working on Fantasia 2000, Dinosaur and Chicken Little amongst other films. He trained under veteran Disney Animator Dave Brain at Dublin’s Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design.

Eammon then transferred to the world of VFX animation. As Head of Animation at DNEG he worked on box offices hits such as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Iron Man 2 and Edge of Tomorrow. Eammon has been Head of Animation at Cinesite since 2012 - an award-winning film and TV visual effects company based in London’s Soho.

Tara Saunders Scholarship for Game Art

Tara Saunders, Studio Head at PlayStation London Studio is offering a full fee scholarship to a talented student in video game art. 

Tara studied art, design and animation before graduating with an MA in Computer Animation from the National Centre of Computer Animation in 2000. She started a 20+ year career at Sony Interactive Entertainment at the launch of PlayStation 2 and has worked on projects including The Getaway franchise, Singstar, EyePet, Wonderbook, and virtual reality gaming. 

Her career has seen her grow from a Junior Artist to her current leadership role, where she has a focus and interest in creative, people, environment and team culture. During her career Tara has been an active member of the BAFTA Games Committee and made a conscious effort to support game developers of tomorrow through academia and mentorship programmes.

How to apply for a scholarship

  • Apply through UCAS
    Apply to the degree of your choice through UCAS by the equal consideration deadline.

  • Attend a creative workshop
    If you meet our entry requirements, you will be invited to attend a creative workshop. All attendees will be considered for a scholarship.

  • Shortlist
    Our Admissions Team will let you know after you complete your workshop if your portfolio has made the longlist.

  • Results
    The winning portfolios will be selected by our industry partners! Undergraduate scholarship recipients are usually selected after enrolment has taken place.

Terms and conditions

Each scholarship is only open to students who apply to the following degrees, taught at Escape Studios, part of Pearson College London. Students can apply for the three-year programme or the four-year integrated masters.

One candidate per scholarship will be selected based on their performance at the creative workshop including the portfolio, interview and taking part in group tasks. Full terms and conditions.

Bursaries and financial assistance (UK students only)

We offer financial assistance to ensure students can access our learning, no matter their background. For 2023/24 undergraduate entrants, this includes the following.

  • Access and Participation Bursary
    A bursary of £1500 per year. Available to students with experience of care, or students who have a household income below £25,000 and come from neighbourhoods which are the most deprived in the country, or where young people are least likely to go on to higher education. Find out more about the Access and Participation Bursary.

  • Applicant travel expenses
    Some applicants can claim expenses for travel to open days and creative workshops.

  • Laptop loan
    We offer a laptop loan to care leavers, students who have a household income below £25,000, and students from neighbourhoods where young people are least likely to go on to higher education.

  • Hardship fund
    Available to help current students who have made realistic provisions to fund their studies and experienced unforeseen financial hardship. Awards are made towards maintenance costs only in the region of £250. In exceptional circumstances a larger award may be made.