BA (Hons) Animation

This three years or four-year international route Bachelor's of Art in Animation will introduce you to the fundamentals of the creative industry and will give you the opportunity to refine a career path. This programme has been selected by BSBI from among the many prestigious international degrees offered by University for the Creative Arts.

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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.

The University for the Creative Arts is ranked as the country’s top creative specialist university by The Guardian Best Universities League Tables 2021.

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 partnership with University for the Creative Arts (UCA). As a result of this partnership, BSBI is able to offer the BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme. UCA is an acclaimed creative institution in the UK that ranks highly in all three of the major UK league tables. The university has also been ranked 13th out of all UK universities in the Guardian League Table 2020; and ranked no.7 in the 2021 Guardian League Tables for Business, Management & Marketing.



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. 

Students will have additional access to course and reading materials via the University for the Creative Arts platform.

Why study this course?

You will earn a bachelor’s degree with 120 UK credits per year (equivalent to 60 ECTS per year). This helps student mobility in the EU when it comes to transferring credits from one higher education institution to another.

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.

Programme price


Hamburg: October

2024 October: International students Price: €11,000/year | EU students Price: €8,450/year

Special offer effective until 31 December 2024: Up to 30% savings for International Students | 10% savings for EU Students

Terms and conditions apply. Find out more here.

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.

Portfolio Scholarship Competition

Students have the opportunity to showcase their creativity and the chance to receive a scholarship on tuition! This competition is valid on the Faculty of Creative Industries programmes being offered at the Hamburg campus.

Best Portfolio (Study for Free!)

1 Student | 100% Scholarship on Tuition

Second Best Portfolio

10 Students | 50% Scholarship on Tuition

Third Best Portfolio

20 Students | 40% Scholarship on Tuition

Find out more about how to apply here.

Programme Structure

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.

You will study up to four days per week, in smaller class sizes and more frequent sessions. Teaching takes place Monday to Saturdays, during morning, afternoon, or evening sessions.


  • English for Academic Purposes, Research and Study skills
  • Exploring Practices, Process, Materials and Techniques
  • Investigating Specialist Practice
  • Final Major Project


  • Animation: Contexts and Concepts
  • Digital Skills
  • Drawing for Animation
  • Animation Principles


  • Animated Cultures
  • Advanced Digital Techniques
  • Short Film
  • Research and Concept
  • Animated Cultures: Study Abroad Option
  • Advanced Digital Techniques: Study Abroad Option
  • Study Abroad Exchange


  • Destinations
  • Proposal and Pitch
  • Final Film
  • Dissertation

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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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:
  • Of 1.2 Million employed in the creative industries, over 30%, around 472k are based in the software/gaming industry. SourceStatista
  • 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

BSBI’s dedicated Careers Service helps animation students and alumni reach their career goals and realise their potential. The Service offers specialised support and aims to build long-lasting relationships with local and national employers. To find out more about the support available, visit the Careers Service website.

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