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Awarded in partnership with leading creative art institution, University for the Creative Arts, BSBI takes great pride in offering this flagship animation course as one of the first of this calibre outside the UK.

Did you know University for the Creative Arts is ranked us as the country's top creative specialist university for 2021 by the Complete University Guide.

The course aims to attract the best creative talent and join the fascinating world of animated filmmaking. We will ensure you reach your full potential as you work in an industry standard studio with state of the art facilities. You will be supported by an esteemed faculty who will guide you to find your own unique approach within the field.

Combining theory with practice, this course enables you to develop a series of short films through being taught via a blended learning approach. The curriculum incorporates latest industry technology and meets contemporary digital standards too, ensuring you are equipped with relevant software for the field.

The four-year international route programme includes a foundation year, which will introduce you to the fundamentals of the creative industry and will give you the opportunity to refine a career path. You’ll build a strong portfolio needed to progress directly into your BA degree, whilst being prepared to use English language in an academic context.

Berlin School of Business and Innovation is in proud partnership with the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), a Gold Standard Institution under the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). The university was the highest placed specialist creative university in the Complete University Guide and The Guardian’s 2020 League Table.

Secure your place on this programme by applying today for early 2022 intakes - find out how to apply here.

What will you experience?

The course will build your animation skills through lectures, seminars, practice related briefs and exercises as well as life drawing practice and sound production. You will also be supported through live industry briefs. In your final year you will be able to undertake primary and secondary research and demonstrate your newly acquired skills via demonstration of a strong portfolio of production. 

Why study this course?

This course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of animation, including techniques which enable you to create ‘frame by frame’. You will also develop invaluable transferable skills which are applicable for a career in this creative and enticing industry or alternatively pursue postgraduate studies.

Who should take this course?

This course is aimed at those aspiring to build a successful career in the field of animation and animated filmmaking. You will be supported to develop a critical understanding in the field of animation in order to confidently formulate and pitch ideas professionally, as well as work on screenings.

Course Price

International Students Price: €11,000  per year 

EU Students Price: €8,000 per year

Top-up: €8,000 per year

The School's admissions process is subject to the Consumer Contracts (Terms and Conditions). Information on your Right of Withdrawal and our Refund Policy can be found in the BSBI study agreement.

Programme Structure

The majority of your work will be completed in groups and on-going support will be provided through the use of structured, targeted individual tutorials and online tutorials.

The learning and teaching will consist of a variety of elements such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, animated/non-animated video, practical work, seminars and trips. The assessment strategy will include individual/group reports and/or presentations, case studies, essays, portfolio development, reflective journals and experiential work based activities.

International Foundation in Art Design and Media
  • English for Academic Purposes, Research and Study skills
  • Exploring Practices, Process, Materials and Techniques
  • Investigating Specialist Practice
  • Final Major Project
Year 1
  • Animation: Contexts and Concepts
  • Digital Skills
  • Drawing for Animation
  • Animation Principles
Year 2
  • Animated Cultures
  • Advanced Digital Techniques
  • Short Film
  • Research and Concept
  • Animated Cultures: Study Abroad Option
  • Advanced Digital Techniques: Study Abroad Option
  • Study Abroad Exchange
Year 3
  • Destinations
  • Proposal and Pitch
  • Final Film
  • Dissertation
  • Delivery: On-campus
  • Location: BSBI Campus Hamburg
  • Duration: 3 years/ 4 years including integrated International Foundation Studies in Art Design and Media 
  • Intakes
    • 2021: October 21 (4-year option incl. International Foundation)
    • 2022: February / October
  • Degree awarded by University for the Creative Arts
  • Fees:
    • EU students: €8,000/year
    • International students: €11,000/per

The School's admissions process is subject to the Consumer Contracts (Terms and Conditions). Information on your Right of Withdrawal and our Refund Policy can be found in the BSBI study agreement.

Minimum Age: 18 (titles awarded upon completion of at least 12 years of schooling)

During the foundation year of this course, you’ll be taught how to create an exceptional portfolio to guarantee you a direct progression into your degree course.

Academic qualifications: A school leaving certificate with a pass to pursue higher education in Germany e.g. Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or Matura. Alternatively, an international baccalaureate, international school leaving certificates, BTEC/national diploma or advanced vocational certificate of education will be accepted.

If you do not meet the above academic requirements, applicants with professional qualifications and/or four years of full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

TOP-UP Entry requirements

  • Portfolio submission: HTK graduates are not required to present a portfolio upon certified successful completion of their vocational training and are eligible for a direct entry into year 3 Top Up Degree.
  • English language requirements:
    • HTK students are required to pass BSBI English diagnostics test which will be provided by BSBI in Hamburg.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS Academic - Minimum overall score of 6.0 (with min 5.5 in each component) or equivalent test (i.e. Password Test, PTE, TOEFL IBT)

The English Language test can be waived and a medium of instruction letter submitted if:

    • Applicants have achieved NARIC recognised high school certificate or above*, where the medium was entirely taught in English (teaching and assessment)
    • You are a Canadian national who has completed studies at an English-speaking school/college/university
  • West African Certificates (WAEC AND NECO only) with a minimum of C6 in English and issued within the last 5 years. Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) is also accepted with an overall grade C or above. For applications from Tanzania and Cameroon, we request an IELTS (or equivalent certificate)
  • Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge AICE certificates
  • International baccalaureate diploma with: English Syllabus A: Standard or Higher Grade 4, or above and English Syllabus B: Standard Grade 5 or Higher Grade 4, or above.
  • Nationals of majority English speaking countries who have obtained their academic qualifications in that country do not need to sit an English test. This includes applicants from Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, UK and USA.

* A high school certificate can be an undergraduate certificate, undergraduate diploma, HNC, HND,CertHE, DipHE, etc.

1. Computer Equipment: 

In terms of recent developments of hybrid learning, we require each student to arrive equipped with their laptop. We, therefore, recommend the purchase of a design-friendly mobile laptop. You will receive specific details on your laptop requirements purchase from our admission team via the admission portal.

2. Your Portfolio Submission

For year 1 entry you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via our BSBI Applicant Portal.

What is a portfolio?

  • Your portfolio is a collection of your best work. We want to see what inspires you, how you develop your work, your creative thinking processes, how and what you create and what makes you a unique creative individual.

What should my portfolio contain?

  • Your portfolio might contain sketches and paintings, digital art and design.It might also contain sound work, short films.
  • Upload up to 12 pieces of work which can include audio or video files.

How do I submit my portfolio?

  • We’ll only be accepting portfolios digitally. You can do this once you’ve applied via our online submission system within the Applicant Portal.
  • You can also link to external websites such as Vimeo and YouTube.

Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided by our admissions team via our admissions portal once you have applied.

You can apply now to study with BSBI! It’s quick and easy, here’s how it works:

  1. Create an account here
  2. Select the programme and intake you want to apply for
  3. Complete all sections of the online application
  4. Submit online application
  5. Our Admissions Team will liaise with you with regards to next steps

BSBI, in partnership with leading creative institution, University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is offering the opportunity to enrich your vocational qualification with this top-up bachelor’s degree in just one year.

The course will enable you to reach your full design potential with the help of industry experts. You’ll build a strong portfolio of powerful software skills and demonstrate effective thinking methods to navigate the challenges of today’s creative industry. This course is ideal for those looking to top up and enhance their expertise, confidence and skills in animation. You’ll become equipped with the latest skills in digital animation software in order to produce an industry-standard portfolio for future career opportunities.

Aimed at students looking to build on their existing knowledge, this course will allow you to hone your creative animation skills and bring your ideas to through a series of short films and final major project.


•Proposal and Pitch
•Final Film

Key Facts

Duration: 1 year (full-time)
Intakes: February, October
Delivery: On-campus (Hamburg)
Fees: €8,000/year

Entry Requirements

Graduates from a vocational design or communications academy/institute in Germany are not required to present a portfolio upon certified successful completion of their vocational training and are eligible for a direct entry into year 3 top-up degree.

English language

Graduates from a vocational design or communications academy/institute in Germany are not required to present an IELTS language test but required to pass BSBI English diagnostics test which will be provided by BSBI in Hamburg.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course students should be able to:


  • Apply good knowledge of English to communicate relevant international, cultural, contemporary knowledge and historical, theoretical and professional contexts
  • Demonstrate a range of general, specialist and transferable skills and competencies relevant to both postgraduate study and future employment
  • Create a resourceful application towards presenting progressive animations results in terms of authorship, team efforts and all aspects of commercial animation production


  • Apply autonomy to deliver primary and secondary research involving the identification and use of relevant resources
  • Create individual responses to all forms of animation production
  • Demonstrate specialist skills and competencies related to their chosen field of specialism within animation and the wider creative arts industries


  • Demonstrate professional skills through project management presentation and communication of ideas
  • Develop a special focus on their chosen and specified field of animation results
  • Develop an in-depth technical skillset to demonstrate their broad level of authorship and agency in their creative practice
  • Demonstrate understanding of the theoretical debates relevant to animation in its wider cultural context

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Career Progression 

BSBI’s industry focused study environment is dedicated to supporting our students in reaching their career goals. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to pursue a role in the following areas:

  • Freelance animation
  • In-House animation
  • Project management
  • Web and app animation
  • Filmmaking Special effects
  • Art director
  • Set designer
  • Education
  • Freelance 3D artist

The gaming industry is booming, and here's why: 

  • Are you aware that the German games market has had a considerable surge in sales revenue in the Covid-19 year 2020? What does this mean? It means that this industry is gaining popularity, interest and the investment from both a consumer and customer is growing. Source: Game.de
  • Of 1.2 Million employed in the creative industries, over 30%, around 472k are based in the software/gaming industry. Source: Statista
  • In Hamburg, the software and games industry only accounts for 28% percent of the workforce. Source: Monitoring report culture and creative industries 2019 on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). ZEW - Leibniz Center for European Economic Research GmbH Mannheim. Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI. December 2019