Animation - BA (Hons)

Jared Taylor - Animation -

Jared Taylor


At ECA we will encourage you to challenge your preconceptions of what animation is, and to deepen your understanding of how to use animation to communicate with others. In simple terms, you will be taught how to bring drawings, paintings, objects, models, puppets and text to life, whether they are generated physically, by hand, or virtually, by computer. You won’t just make things move, you will imbue them with heart and soul. Your work will not only engage audiences: it will encourage them to willingly suspend their disbelief.

If you want to create worlds, characters to populate them, and show the events and consequences of living within those worlds in film, then we want to talk to you.

How you will be taught

The course is small, which allows us to teach in ways that are unique within the UK, but its scope is great and the success of our graduates is even greater. Our philosophy is non-prescriptive about technique: you will learn many different ways to animate, rather than focusing on one particular method. We are also non-prescriptive about what your final projects will be. Most of our students make films, some make games or apps, or make music videos. We value teamwork almost as much as employers do, but you will also get many opportunities to work solo. We are one of the few courses in the UK that will give you the opportunity to make a film that’s entirely your own, and allow you to develop a voice that is uniquely yours.


Our animators have gone on to work for studios including Aardman, for directors such as Tim Burton, for video games companies including Rockstar North, post-production houses such as Rushes, Framestore and MPC, to set up their own studios, or to work as independent filmmakers winning multiple awards at a local, national and international level.

Top five reasons to choose the programme

  • Our students and alumni have made this programme one of the most successful in the UK in terms of festival and competition wins. Recent wins include the 2013 BAFTA for short animation, best graduate film at Annecy in 2012, and a special jury prize at Annecy in 2013.
  • Our programme offers you a unique synthesis of digital and analogue techniques; we will teach you how to use our wide range of facilities including CGI labs, stop frame studios and rostrum cameras.
  • The programme’s teaching and technical staff are a team with diverse and extensive commercial experience across the broadcast, film and interactive animation industries.
  • We give final year students an opportunity, that is rare within the HE sector, to make films on their own, or as part of a team.
  • Each year we invite internationally renowned animators to visit the department and deliver a lecture series for our students and staff.

Student work


Jared Taylor, Programme Director | View profile >


Rachel Everitt | View staff profile >

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Technical support

Neil Kempsell | View staff profile >

Mike Mullin | View staff profile >


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