Master Curriculum


The programme was designed following a layering structure with the following configuration:

  • A. Each semester will focus on one specific field:
    • Semester 1 in LUCA, Genk, will be dedicated to narrative and non-narrative storytelling.  Specific attention will be given to the development of narrative, poetic, abstract and interactive content for differentiated audiences.
    • Semester 2 in Aalto, Espoo/Helsinki, will be dedicated to expanded use of animation and experimental approaches. It strengthens and broadens the students’ creative potential as they explore the boundaries of animation expression with various technologies.
    • Semester 3 in Lusófona, Lisbon, will be dedicated to animated documentary with a social reflection based content. It aims to position students within the format of documentary from a historic and analytical perspective.

    In the 4th semester, students will be allocated to the schools according to their area of interest and their graduation project (7 students per school).

  • B. There are five defined disciplinary tracks overarching semester 1, 2 and 3:
    • Research Based Animation;
    • Creative Ateliers;
    • Animation Techniques and Technologies;
    • Animation Production and Management;
    • History and Critical Reception of Animation
  1. Within the research track students explore, investigate, and experiment with the stylistic, thematic, technological, narrative and theoretical characteristics of their project. Research Based Animation concerns the core individual expressive process and research skills. This track is dedicated to the individual development of the student artistic and creative voice, namely in the context of the development of his/her graduation project. Students will be required to apply to the programme already with a main topic of interest enunciated that must correspond to an issue of cultural and societal relevance they are interested in exploring throughout the programme. This topic gives an indication of the general direction of the project but not be considered as a definite demarkation. It assures that students are motivated and engaged with the topics they are working with and that cultural awareness and civic engagement are assured right from the start.
  2. Within the Creative Ateliers, students create animated works in collaboration, whereby different styles of expression and cultural backgrounds are put in a dialogue.
  3. Animation Techniques and Technologies includes traditional animation techniques (i.e. stop-motion or 2D drawing) and digital animation technologies, such as 3D modelling or MOCAP.
  4. Animation Production and Management concerns all production related skills, namely financial and project management ones but also the development on an entrepreneurial outlook. It also includes the study of the different business models emerging in the context of animation production and distribution and the opportunities they entail.
  5. History and Critical Reception concerns all the critical and historical dimensions of animation that inform a literacy of the language. Teaching and learning methods will include the analysis of the cultural, political, economic and social content of films that deal with the specific issues discussed each semester as well as the context in which they were produced.

1st Semester

2nd Semester


All Students – Expanded animation

Course Classes

3rd Semester

Universidade Lusófona

All Students – Documentary

Course Classes

  • Creative Animation Ateliers III – development/ production /post-production
    9 ECTS
  • European heritage in animation
    6 ECTS
  • Research-based animation film production: building narratives, going virtual, seeing reality
    6 ECTS
  • Animation techniques- mixed techniques
    6 ECTS
  • Entrepreneurship
    3 ECTS

4th Semester

per Universities

  • Thesis project and dissertation
    30 ECTS


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