Suspended for September 2021 entry

This programme has been temporarily suspended for September 2021 entry. You will not be able to apply for this programme at this time.

Reasons to choose the programme

Our students consistently deliver ground-breaking films that use animation methodologies to build upon previous areas of research enquiry, or to develop entirely new explorations.
Our unique hybrid of digital and analogue techniques enables our students to develop work which is innovative, progressive and rooted in who they are as a film maker.
You will have access to a wide range of industry standard facilities, including CGI labs, a render farm, stop frame studios and rostrum cameras.
We offer the opportunity to make films individually, an as a collective, which provides MFA students with the opportunity to develop project management and production skills.
Our series of guest lectures is delivered by speakers who present a gamut of animation expertise, from research to commerce, from major studios to independent and experimental film makers.


We are committed to offering a high-quality experience to all our students. We are working to minimise the impact of Covid-19, but we have reluctantly decided that we will be unable to offer this programme for entry in 2021.


In our postgraduate Animation programmes we develop and extend our philosophy of animation which centres on an open-minded and critical approach to technology, our purpose is to make films, and our methods serve that purpose. This manifests itself in the encouragement of students to find the the most elegant, efficient and appropriate solution to a film project, rather than simply the most recent.

If you’d like to make a film that’s entirely your own, develop a voice that’s uniquely yours and immerse yourself in a discipline that is equal parts art and science, this programme is for you.

As a student you will bring drawings, paintings, objects, models, puppets and text to life. You won’t just make them move, you will imbue them with heart and soul that will not only engage audiences, but encourage them to suspend their disbelief. As a postgraduate student you will be independent, innovative and progressive in your approach to animation.

Our programme is small and this allows us to teach in ways that are unique. You will access state of the art CGI labs, a LAN render farm with 64 dedicated CPUs, stop frame studios and rostrum cameras. Most of our students make films; however, some make games, apps or music videos.

Working within a collaborative studio environment, you will benefit from the support of your peers and their diversity of opinion, approach and experience.


Our graduates work for studios such as Aardman, for directors such as Tim Burton, for video games companies including Rockstar North and post-production houses such as Rushes, Framestore and MPC. Many have set up their own studios, or work as award-winning independent film makers.


Dr Nichola Dobson

Lecturer in Animation

Director of Postgraduate Research, Design; Programme Director MPhil/PhD Design; Programme Director MFA Animation; Director Animation Research Network Scotland


Facilities and resources

The animation studios and workspaces at Edinburgh College of Art allow Animation students to work on all aspects of producing their own films. You will have your own desk space to develop your ideas through drawing and using the available light-boxes, and then the studios and editing suite will help you bring your stories to life.

The Film and TV studio is a large flexible space used for technical workshops, as well as for small set builds and studio productions.

Students at the University of Edinburgh have access to a range of library resources across the campus and online.

Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Deadline: 1 March 2021
  • Value: £10,000
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.

BAFTA UK Scholarships Programme

  • Deadline:
  • Value: Between £5,000 and £12,000, mentoring, and event access
  • Eligibility: Open to British citizens undertaking Animation - MFA, Composition for Screen - MSc, Film Directing - MA/MFA.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086