BA (Hons) in Animation


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.

This programme is specifically designed to provide students with :

  • Solid animation and design fundamentals, strong technical skills, critical, analytical thinking skills and good communication skills.

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“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 specialise in modelling, animating and compositing based applications in the creation of character filmmaking.

  • Focus on 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.

  • Involving you 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.

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Malaysian Fees:
Year 1
RM 26, 000.00
Year 2
RM 27, 500.00
Year 3
RM 28, 300.00

International Fees:
Year 1
RM 28, 600.00
Year 2
RM 29, 700.00
Year 3
RM 29, 900.00

Total: Malaysian - RM 81,800 | International - RM 88,200

• 23 Nov 2021

Degree awarded by APU, Malaysia

STPM  • A Pass in STPM with a minimum Grade C (GP 2.0) in any 2 subjects.
A-LEVEL •2 Passes in A-Level.
UEC • 5 Grade B’s in UEC.
MATRICULATION/ FOUNDATION •A Pass in Matriculation or Foundation studies with minimum CGPA of 2.00.
• A Diploma in Animation 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.
PORTFOLIO Note: All applicants will be individually assessed via a portfolio, interview including drawing.

Equivalent qualification and / or experience which is recognised by the Senate / institution.

• TOEFL IBT : 35-45
• 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).


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
  • Illustration for Concept Art
  • 3D Pipeline
  • Creative Project

Specialised Modules
  • Animation Principles
  • Digital 2D Animation
  • Digital 3D Animation
  • Digital Illustration
  • Motion Graphics


Year 2 involves the development of animated content in greater depth, that emphasise 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
  • From Script to Screen
  • Digital Film Production
  • Effects & Simulation
  • Rigging for Animation
  • Visual Culture

Specialised Modules
  • Film Shorts & Stings: Proposal
  • Film Shorts & Stings: Production
  • Character Creation
  • Facial Animation & Lip-synching
  • Character Animation


Students will undertake a short Internship/ Industrial Training for a minimum period of 16 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
  • Sound Design
  • Animation Techniques for Games
  • Research Project Report
  • Design Futures
  • Exhibition Design

Specialised Modules
  • 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)

Please click HERE for Portfolio Development Programme  

  • 2D Animator
  • 3D Animator
  • Concept Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • 3D Modeller
  • Production Designer
  • Look Development Artist
  • Set Designer
  • 2D Rigging Artist
  • 3D Technical Artist
  • Visual Effect Artist
  • Motion Graphic Designer
  • Compositor
  • Video Editor
  • Script Writer
  • Production Coordinator
  • Animation Director
  • Producer

"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