Have you always wanted to know behind-the-scenes secrets of Pixar and Freej? This program offers aspiring animators the opportunity to create their own movie magic by fusing cinematic storytelling with digital technology and finding their own creative voice with close guidance and encouragement from experienced faculty and guest speakers.


Our digital design and drawing studios are fully equipped to allow learners to develop 2D and 3D work through both traditional and modern means. Students have access to a range of state-of-the-art digital design programs and facilities.

The Course

This degree is designed to teach students everything they need to know about animation principles, current techniques, and industry standards. Students will be primed to make their mark in this exciting field, producing work in professional, creative and stimulating environments. Students will benefit from direct contact with highly experienced animation artists and tutorial staff and will be encouraged to develop skills across traditional and modern animation disciplines, including subjects such as figure drawing, contextual studies and the handling of state-of-the-art digital programs.

Core Courses


  • Color Theory and Practice ...(3)
  • Drawing I ...(3)
  • Basic Design ...(3)
  • Fundamentals of Graphic Illustration and Digital Imaging ...(3)
  • Art History I ...(3)
  • Art History II ...(3)
  • Drawing II ...(3)
  • 3D Design ...(3)
  • Internship ...(3)

Specialization Courses


  • Basic Animation ...(3)
  • History of Animation...(3)
  • Story Boarding ...(3)
  • Motion Graphics ...(3)
  • Introduction to Digital Video Production ...(3)
  • Principles of 3D Animation ...(3)
  • Character Rigging and Setup ...(6)
  • 3D Modeling and Character Animation ...(6)
  • Animation Production ...(6)
  • Audio for Animation ....(3)
  • Capstone Graduation Project ...(6)
  • Life Drawing ...(3)
  • Typography I ...(6)

Program Structure

General Education 11 - Courses 33 - Credit Hours
Core Courses 11 - Courses 30 - Credit Hours
Specialization Courses Based on Specialization Based on Specialization
Free Elective Courses Based on Specialization Based on Specialization
Total Based on Specialization 126 - Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

1. Attested high school (grade 12) certificate or its equivalent with a minimum average of 60% | for scientific, literary streams, general, advanced and ADEC. Other streams will require a minimum score average of 70% Equivalency letter will be required for certificate earned outside UAE

2. English proficiency PBT 500 | iBT 61 | IELTS Academic. 5.0 | PEARSON 44 | IESOL B1/B2 | CAMBRIDGE 154 | EmSAT English 1100 If the score has not been achieved yet, the student will be accepted conditionally and enroll in the intensive English classes

3. Letter Of Interest & Interview


The American University in the Emirates is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 8, 2019
This course is Campus based
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4 years
20,000 AED
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