Pearson College London (including Escape Studios)

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of Kent

Character and Creature Creation (Taught)

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Course summary

This postgraduate qualification is designed for students who want to learn how to master the pipeline for the creation of characters and creatures. This MA course will teach you how to design and create your own characters and creatures, and bring them to life. Over the course of the programme, you will learn how to design, model, texture, rig and animate your own characters. At the end of the course, you will have earned a postgraduate qualification, have a showreel of character and creature creation work, a thorough understanding of the animation and VFX industry, as well as the skills and connections to kick-start your creative career. You will be encouraged to apply for a position as a CG Generalist or Character Artist within a studio, providing a "one stop shop" for the design and creation of characters and creatures.

Course details


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Assessment method

At Escape Studios, there are two main types of feedback on your work: formative and summative. Formative assessment This is one of the most important aspects of your work. There will be many opportunities to receive feedback from your tutor, studio assistants and peers during your modules. This will often be oral feedback on your work, sometimes on a one-to-one basis, sometimes in a group feedback session or daily. All of this should help you build on your strengths and develop your skills as you progress through the course. The majority of modules contain at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback. Formative assessments are developmental and any feedback you receive for them do not count towards your overall module mark. Summative assessment This will be specifically designed to measure how well you meet the learning outcomes of the module. They will usually involve a task to meet a brief set by your tutor and will allow you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that you have learned during the module. You’ll need to decide exactly how to complete the task, choosing particular techniques and approaches, and making decisions on the aesthetics and style to meet the given requirements. Each module will have a practical element (usually a practical project, where you make something) and a written element (usually a journal or blog, where you reflect on what you’ve made). Sometimes there is also a presentation (where you demonstrate your work). All these elements are essential to your development by showing that you can deliver to a required level and also that you understand why you can and how you could improve. The assessment methods employed in this programme have been developed to mirror industry practice as far as possible. We balance feedback from tutors and industry experts. It is crucial that, as a student, you learn how to accept and work with feedback from your superiors and peers, as this will be the norm when you work in industry. You also need to develop a keen self-critical eye, to be able to step back from your work and see what you could improve, and to have the ability to look at yourself and your working practices, and make changes where necessary. For more details about assessment, please check the programme specifications.

How to apply

International applicants

Students who require a student visa to study in the UK should consider our 'live online' programmes. At the moment we can't accept students for our on-campus full time programmes who require a student visa to study in the UK, as we do not have the requisite visa sponsor licence. This may change in the future, so please keep an eye out for any updates on our website.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate honours degree in a related discipline with a significant component in the field of art and design (e.g. Computer Graphics, Fine Art, Graphic Design, etc). Applicants without a degree who have significant industry experience in character and creature creation or related creative subjects will be considered. Suitable applicants will be asked to submit a creative portfolio.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £17995 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £17995 Whole course
EU £17995 Whole course
International £17995 Whole course
England £17995 Whole course
Northern Ireland £17995 Whole course
Scotland £17995 Whole course
Wales £17995 Whole course

Additional fee information

The Live Online study option fee is £15,450 We are offering an £8,000 scholarship to one applicant per discipline for each of the Spring 2022 cohorts of our postgraduate courses, which will significantly reduce your tuition fee.

Sponsorship information

At Escape Studios we want to make sure that talented students with creative potential can succeed on our degrees, that's why we offer a range of scholarships. Please see our website for details:

Character and Creature Creation at Pearson College London (including Escape Studios) - UCAS