Animation - master

Animation - master

The Master's Programme in Film and Media with the specialisation Animation is aimed at those who want to develop their knowledge about animation and animated film in order to ultimately work as a director, filmmaker, animator or artist with animation as expression. The programme qualifies the student for third-cycle studies and consists of two years of full-time studies at second cycle level.

Artisticness, technology and collaboration are all necessary elements for making animated films. In the programme you will develop your own artistic skills, work in different techniques and participate in projects. The university's many specialisations in film, media, theater and acting give us great opportunities to explore the various professional roles of animation in collaborations and production exercises with students from other specialisations in the school. Our close contact with the industry means that you will meet professional professionals during the training.

Master's Programme i Film and Media with specialisation in Animation

The Master's Programme in Film and Media is a programme for going more indepth that is also research preparatory and has a common programme structure for all specialisations. In the programme’s theory courses, students are introduced to different perspectives on knowledge, theory, reflection and artistic research methods.

In the lab courses you do projects in animated films or animation exercises such as short films. The projects in the lab courses can be individual or collaborative.

The specialisations also has method courses where you will learn new techniques or methods for doing animation. In the method course you can also develop and depen your knowledge the technique your work with, so that you will be challenged and become an even better filmmaker and develop your animation expression.

During the programme you will have many opportunities for interactions across traditional professional boundaries, for example through elective courses that are common to the university’s departments. Here, each student identifies his or her need for further knowledge.

The programme leads to you gaining specialist knowledge that prepares for research and to be able to work as a animator.

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    Semester 1

    Methods in Artistic Research 1, 7.5 credits
    Laboratory Course - Research Preparation, Idea Formation and Method Formulation, 7.5 credits
    Method Course in Specialisation, Animation, part 1, 7.5 credits
    Laboratory Course (individual or in team), 7.5 credits

    Semester 2

    Methods in Artistic Research 2, 7.5 credits
    Elective Programme Course, 7.5 credits
    Method Course in Specialisation, Animation, part 2 7.5 credits
    Laboratory Course (individual or in team), 7.5 credits

    Semester 3

    Methods in Artistic Research 3, 7.5 credits
    Elective Uniarts Course, 7.5 credits
    Laboratory Course - Advanced Project Development, 15 credits

    Semester 4

    Degree Project – Exposition of Independent Project, 15 credits
    Degree Project, 15 credits

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement: for studies at the second cycle which means a Bachelor degree.

    Specific entry requirement:

    - Degree of a Bachelor of Fine Arts, or for the programme other relevant Bachelor Degree
    - English 6
    - Pass on the qualification test showing artistic ability in the specialisation applied for.
    - 15 credits and a degree project within, for the specialisation applied for, a relevant specialisation from the Bachelor's programme in Film and Media, or equivalent.

    Detailed information about the qualification test and the selection process is found here.

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

  • Valuable prior knowledge

    In addition to the entry requirements for the programme, it is valuable if you have a passion for storytelling, color and form knowledge, patience and cooperative ability. You also need a strong will to tell in moving image and a big interest in animation or animated film.


  • How to apply

    When the programme is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply here"-button on this page.

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Keep in mind that your application has to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    When you have entered the application system:

    1. Register by stating your name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in your personal data (including your Swedish civic registration number if you have one).
    3. Fill in the application form and upload the required documents.

    Before uploading your documents, they must be prepared as follows:

    • You must scan your original documents. If the document is in colour, scan it in colour.
    • Be sure to scan ALL pages in the document, even those that just contain instructions or other information that is not necessarily information about your grades. It must be the complete document and all the pages should be in the same file.
    • If you upload copies of original documents, (degree certificates, transcript of records etc.) they must be certified/attested! This means that another person must sign their name, write their name in block letters and provide their telephone number on each document copy you submit. This person, by signing, is certifying that the copy you submit is an exact copy of the original.
    • All documents must be in PDF-format.
    • Please name the file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name

    The following documents have to be uploaded for your application to be complete.

    1. A copy of your passport or national identity card (unless you are a Swedish citizen)

    Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and if admitted a tuition fee. If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. Please upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card as we need to check your nationality. If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. Remember to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.

    2. Documentation showing that you meet the general entry requirements for studies at second cycle/advanced level.

    • Upload your Degree of a Bachelor of Arts including the transcript of records.
    •  If you are in your last year of studies please upload a certificate that shows completed and current courses
    • if you do not have the required courses from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior learning (see below).

    We only accept documents in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.

    Please note that we do not accept print outs from We do not accept e-mails as certificates

    3. Documentation showing that you meet the specific Entry Requirements.

    • A certificate of a Degree of a Bachelor of fine arts including the transcript of records.
    • Documentation that shows that you meet the English language requirement (English 6, or the equivalent). You will find more information about the language requirement here.
    • A transcript of records showing 15 credits and Degree project within a, for this specialization, relevant specialization from the Bachelor's program in film and media, or equivalent.
    • if you do not have the required courses from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior learning (see below)


    4. Letter of Motivation - max 2 pages of A4 size, 8000 characters.

    Upload a letter of motivation answering the following questions: Why are you applying to the programme? What are your expectations of your studies at the programme?

    5. Upload your CV where you list your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to.

    6. Upload a project idea, artistic exploration or research topic in the field of film and media - max 3 pages of A4 size, 12 000 characters.

    It should be something that is possible to have as a degree project in the Master´s programme, but you will be able to change idea during the programme. You should also explain how you made the artistic choices with regard to relevant social and ethical aspects in the specialisation applied for, and show your understanding of the role of art in society.

    7. Upload a clip - max 2 min, max 150 MB. Film format: mov, mp4 or avi. Sound format: mp3, wav, m4a or aiff.

    Make a work with image (film, animation or still images) and/or sound that depicts someone/something that caught your attention recently.

    8. Upload a work sample, or part of a work, from your portfolio that you believe describe your craftsmanship and abilities for the specialisation you apply for in the best way. Film, sound or animation. Max 5 min, max 150 MB. Film format: mov, mp4 or avi. Sound format: mp3, wav, m4a or aiff.

    9. Upload a description of the context (where, why and how) and your role in the production above (question 8). Max ½ page of A4 size, 2 000 characters.


    Applying for recognition of prior learning

    If you do not meet the general requirements and/or specific requirements you can apply for recognition of prior learning. When you apply for recognition of prior learning you should upload:

    • a letter explaining why you think that you will manage the studies even though you do not fulfil the general entry requirements and/or specific entry requirements.
    • signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter and CV. The documents you upload need to be signed and dated by the person/s that wrote them. We only accept documents on in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    Here you can find more information regarding prior learning/exemption.


    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

    Confirmation of your application

    When you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive an confirmation e-mail, you should firstly check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact the technical support for the application system by e-mail:

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30).

  • When you have applied

    The assessment of eligibility and the selection take place in several stages. The assessment of formal merits/grades is carried out by the Education administration office. The assessment of artistic merits is carried out by an admission group consisting of teachers and professionals from the field.  A student representative can also participate in the admissions group, but will not take part in the assessment. Recognition of prior learning is made by a designated teacher.

    After each stage of the process there will be a decision on who will proceed to the next step. Everyone is informed of whether they will proceed or not.

    Detailed information about the qualification test and the selection process is found here.

  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question. Uniarts has some possibilities of offering scholarships that cover the whole study fee or that subsidise it.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the Master's programme in Film and Media is 296 200 SEK per term and 1 184 800 SEK for the whole programme.

    Scholarships to Cover the Tuition Fee

    If you are obliged to pay a tuition fee you can apply for a scholarship which covers the tuition fee. The scholarship does not cover any private costs during your studies. Please note that you still need to pay an application fee (900 SEK). The application fee is non-refundable.

    Read more about application and study fees, how to pay to SKH and tuition fees and scholarships.