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With animation being one of the most rapidly expanding areas in the creative industries, there are a variety of career opportunities available in roles such as animator, art director, special effects animator, storyboard artist and character designer.

Some students have continued with postgraduate study and have gained places on Animation Direction at the Royal College of Art and the National Film and Television School. The MA in Moving Image and Sound at NUA also provides logical progression for BA Animation students. All NUA undergraduates receive discounted tuition fees if they choose to continue with their postgraduate studies at NUA.


Recent graduates work for major companies such as Disney, Sony, Warner Brothers, Aardman, EA and the BBC. Others work for smaller independent studios and some work as freelance animators. Typical career opportunities include:

  • Animator
  • Art Director
  • Background Designer
  • Character Designer
  • Colour Co-ordinator
  • Compositor
  • Designer
  • Director of Photography
  • Editor
  • Layout Artists
  • Lighting Supervisor
  • Modeller
  • Producer
  • Prop Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Special Effects Animator
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Storyboard Assistant

“We had really inspiring lectures from key people from the industry who passed on their knowledge and guidance. Since graduating I have worked on a whole range of projects such as music videos, documentaries, television adverts, short films and infomercials.”

Jonny Bursnell
2011 graduate
Graphics Artist and Digital Animator
Blind Pig

“I’m an animator and motion capture technician at Imagination Studios in Sweden. The animated film I produced at NUA was nominated for Best Animated Debut at the Golden Kuker Animation Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. I worked on the ‘Triple A’ title Battlefield 3.”

David Grice
2010 graduate
Imagination Studios

“After I graduated I was selected for an Aardman Animations/ Creative Skillset professional course. I would not have had the credentials or the confidence to apply without the experience and invaluable support I gained at NUA.”

Helen Schroeder
2006 graduate
Freelance Animator
Loose Moose Productions

“I had such a blast at NUA, the years just flew by. I learnt so many new key ingredients to help me with my current job. As soon as you learn the basics in a variety of programs and media like Flash, After Effects, stop motion and traditional 2D animation the course lets you create what you want and show off your true personality.”

Joe Kinch
2013 graduate

Other graduates include

  • Gemma Carrington
    Associate Projection Designer
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The New Musical
    OBIE winner for Projection Design, Olivier Award nomination for Best Design for Brief Encounter and Olivier Award nomination for Achievement in Dance for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Dan Upton
    CGI Lead, Jellyfish Pictures
  • Jon Dunleavy
    Director, Tandem Films
  • Lee Dowsett
    Animation Director, Electronic Arts

More advice

For more advice about careers in animation visit the Creative Skillset website.