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BA (Hons) in Animation

3 Years (6 Semesters)

APU, Malaysia

Portfolio 2 Nov 2020

​Intake 02 Dec 2020

APU-DMU Dual Degree Programme

Students who are under Bachelor’s Degree Programme will have the option to opt-in for the APU-DMU Dual Degree Scheme. Under this Scheme, students will receive 2 Degree Certificates & Transcripts upon graduation: 1 from Asia Pacific University (APU), Malaysia and 1 from De Montfort University (DMU), UK.

To know more about APU-DMU Dual Scheme, please click HERE

“Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive.” - Walt Disney

Animation is one of the fastest-growing industries worldwide. It has been a huge technological development in the last decade, from traditional 2D hand-drawn to digital 3D animation. In today’s digital world, the application of animation isn’t simply restricted to films. It facilitates exciting career opportunities in various sectors like Advertising, Print media, TV production and Gaming.

This programme aims to develop you as a creative animator. The animation route offers the opportunity to specialize in modeling, animating and compositing based applications in the creation of character film-making.

The programme focuses on the many aspects of the fundamental animation processes and design skillsets in the creative industry, while exploring on different animation techniques ranging from 2D traditional to CG animation.

You’ll be involved in the development of animated content, with emphasis on critical, analytical and problem-solving skills. You will also gain production experience through industrial training as emphasis is placed on professional practice for greater employment prospects through animation.

This programme is specifically designed to provide:

  • This programme aims to produce qualified graduates that equipped with solid animation & design fundamentals, strong technical skills, critical & analytical thinking skills and good communication skills. We provide the facilities and infrastructure to support the growth of the creative industry locally and globally.

Admission Requirements:

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements

A Pass in STPM with a minimum Grade C (GP 2.00) in any 2 subjects.


2 Passes in A-Level.


5 Grade B's in UEC.


A Pass in Matriculation or Foundation studies with minimum CGPA of 2.00.


A Diploma in Design & Media or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.50. Candidates with CGPA below 2.50 but above 2.00 may be admitted subject to a rigorous internal interview or submitting a relevant portfolio.


Note: All applicants will be individually assessed via a portfolio, interview including drawing.

Note: Equivalent qualification and / or experience which is recognized by the Senate / institution. 


International Students

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements
• TOEFL PBT : 410-413
• TOEFL IBT : 34
• Pearson (PTE) : 36
• MUET : Band 3 

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment.

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCSE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma etc) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents. 

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

What You Will Study:


Year 1 focuses on many aspects of the fundament in animation and design skillset in the creative industry, especially in the animation field. You will explore thoroughly on different animation techniques ranging from 2D traditional to CG animation. 

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Illustration for Concept Art
  • 3D Pipeline
  • Creative Project
  • Motion Graphics
  • Animation Principles
  • Digital 2D Animation
  • Digital 3D Animation
  • Sculpture for Animation


Year 2 involves the development of animated content in greater depth, that emphasis on critical & analytical thinking skills and problem-solving skills. This including character creation, character performance, motion design, rigging, effects and simulation. You will also gain the industry experience through industrial training towards the end of the second year.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • From Script to Screen
  • Digital Film Production
  • Effects & Simulation
  • Rigging for Animation
  • Visual Culture
  • Film Shorts & Stings: Proposal
  • Film Shorts & Stings: Production
  • Character Creation
  • Facial Animation & Lip-synching
  • Character Animation

INTERNSHIP (12 weeks)

Students will undertake an Internship/Industrial Training for a minimum period of 12 weeks to prepare them for a smooth transition from the classroom to the working environment.


In Year 3, you will be specialised in your area of interest and produce a series of animation project which showcases your significant talent and ability to work in a team. Emphasis is placed on professional practice in preparation for graduation and greater employment prospect through animation.

Common Modules

Specialised and Option Modules
  • Sound Design
  • Animation Techniques for Games
  • Research Project Report
  • Design Futures
  • Exhibition Design
  • Animation Project: Proposal
  • Animation Project: Production
  • Team Animation Project: Proposal
  • Team Animation Project: Production

MQA Compulsory Subjects*

  • Ethnic Relations (M’sian Students)
  • Islamic & Asian Civilisation (M’sian Students)
  • Malaysian Studies (Int’l Students)
  • Malay Communication Language (Int’l Students)
  • Workplace Professional Communication Skills
  • Employee & Employment Trends
  • Co-Curriculum

(*All students are required to successfully complete these modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency)

Career Options:

  • 2D Animator
  • 3D Animator
  • Concept Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • 3D Modeller
  • 3D Rigging Artist
  • Production Designer
  • Motion Graphic Designer
  • Visual Effects Artist
  • Compositor
  • Video Editor
  • Script Writer

Course Fees:

Malaysian StudentsInternational Students

Year 1: RM 26,000
Year 2: RM 27,500
Year 3: RM 28,300
Total: RM 81,800

Year 1: RM 28,600 (USD 7,150)
Year 2: RM 29,700 (USD 7,430)
Year 3: RM 29,900 (USD 7,480)
Total: RM 88,200 (USD 22,060)

* Fees stated above do not include Deposits and other Miscellaneous Fees. Please refer to Fee Guide for details.


"Sister" - Short Animation Film by Sharon Ng, Waad Al Alawi & Elaine Wong

"Layla" - Short Animation Film by Waad Sayed Hameed Al Alawi

"Cup of Joe" - Short Animation Film by Yee Sook May


All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.