Craft, create and animate!
This course will teach you the advanced techniques, skills and software required to bring characters and creatures to life, and to jump straight in the industry as an Animator. With a focus on technical training, you’ll learn 3D animation hands on, through creature interaction, dialogue and lipsync.
Along the course, you’ll start putting together some great pieces of work for your portfolio, with help from our industry-experienced tutors, who boast credits including The Lion King, Godzilla and Doctor Strange. You’ll also receive feedback on your work from one of our industry partners and portfolio and career guidance from our Talent Development Team through our Aftercare programme.
Why choose this course
Ranked 2nd in the UK - and 10th in the world for Animation Excellence by The Rookies
Ranked 3rd in the UK - and 8th in Europe in the Animation Career Review’s school ranking
Based in London - home to some of the best animation studios in the world
Industry feedback - receive industry-standard critique from an expert in their field. Previous studio partners for our animation course have included Blue Zoo, Passion Animation Studios and Framestore
Professional input - our advisory board of experts, from the likes of DNEG (Avengers: Endgame and Oscar-winning Dune) and Cinesite (Iwájú and Thor: Love and Thunder), help keep this course relevant
Successful alumni - you'll join our community of thousands of Escapees, many of whom have gone on to work at some of the world’s top studios. 31 Escapees worked on Thor: Love and Thunder, 28 on Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and 16 on Stranger Things
Aftercare package - we'll help you polish your showreel and find the right job, with access to our studios and showreel clinics for 12 months
Industry-standard facilities - study in a studio environment that mirrors current industry practice, using professional software such as Maya
Fast-track advanced learning - our advanced short courses allow you to go deeper into technical and software skills for a quick springboard into your next creative career step
Strong portfolio - along with an Escape Studios Certificate of Achievement, you'll leave with strong creative and technical skills and great pieces for your portfolio
Small class sizes - a convivial environment allows students to assist and inspire one another and benefit from personalised feedback from tutors.
General introduction to Maya
General principles of animation
Building and blocking a shot
Weight and flexibility, physics and adding characterisation
Animal locomotion: trots, walks and runs
Animal locomotion continued
Acting, dialogue and lip sync
Advanced character animation: dialogue and lip sync
Advanced character animation: acting and performance
Advanced motion capture and facial performance
Advanced creature animation: creature performance and acting
Advanced character and creature interactions
Project and polish
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Be over 18
Have a good understanding of written and spoken English
Feel comfortable using a computer.
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A strong internet connection
An external hard drive (minimum 2TB) to back up your work during the course
A three-button mouse (or optionally graphics tablet)
A computer microphone (and optionally a webcam)
To apply for this course, or if you have any questions about your application or our entry requirements, get in touch!
As part of the application process, you will need to agree to our terms and conditions for your place on the course to be secured.
We welcome and encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
To study this short course, you must:
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We accept international students for our short courses, with no difference in course fees or administration costs.
The Standard Visitor visa allows students to come to the UK to study for a course of up to six months at an accredited institution. Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for a standard visitor visa prior to departure from your home country. For more information visit:
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We can provide remote access to our workstations during teaching time. Due to availability restrictions, we highly advise you to have your own set up at home to study in your own time.
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London campus: £15,950
Live online: £12,760
We offer a range of payment plan options for all courses. Following an initial deposit at registration stage, your chosen payment plan will break down your remaining fees into up to six equal instalments, to be paid over the course length.
“The UK is home to distinct and highly successful centres of animation production excellence throughout the country, including Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.” (source Animation UK)
Along with an Escape Studios Certificate of Achievement, you'll leave with strong creative and technical skills and great pieces for your portfolio, which you can then finesse with help from our Aftercare programme. Ready to apply to start your career in the industry!
Animators often start out in junior roles to then rise to mid-level and senior roles such as Lead Animators and Technical Directors, opening the path to becoming an Animation Supervisor.
Our students have gone to work in many areas of the industry, including 3D animation for films, TV, video games and visual effects, at companies including Pixar, Blue Zoo and Framestore. Read some of our animation Escapee success stories.
Check out our Careers Guide for more information about career opportunities and progression routes.
Meet our industry-experienced tutors
Lee Caller is the lead tutor on this short course. With an IT and comedy writing background, he’s been an Animator since the 1990’s. Our tutors work together to develop our courses. They all have industry experience, at studios such as Walt Disney, DreamWorks and Framestore, and are experts in their fields, including certified trainers for Autodesk Maya.
Escape Studios is a place that puts students in the perfect position to succeed. The most important thing was networking - exposure to the people who have the jobs to give! I met recruiters, artists, producers, just about every person I needed to meet to gain connections.