Bachelor of Arts (Honours) 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.

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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 specialize in modeling, animating and compositing based applications in the creation of character filmmaking.

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 students with :

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

Collaborative Industrial Partners

Portfolio & Interview Guide For Application Into APU Design Programmes

Design Student Portfolios

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Malaysian Fees:
Year 1
RM 31, 700.00
Year 2
RM 32, 800.00
Year 3
RM 32, 800.00

International Fees:
Year 1
RM 32, 000.00
Year 2
RM 33, 100.00
Year 3
RM 34, 400.00

Total: Malaysian - RM 98,300 | International - RM 99,500

• 14 Mar 2024
• 25 Jul 2024
• 24 Sep 2024
• 21 Nov 2024

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 (Grade A-D) 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 (Level 4, MQF) with a minimum CGPA of 2.00, or its equivalent.

• A pass in DKM / DLKM / DVM with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 subjected to HEP Senate/ Academic Board’s approval. 
PORTFOLIO Note: Pass an Interview OR submission of Design Portfolio as required

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

• TOEFL IBT : 46
• Pearson (PTE) : 51
• MUET : Band 4

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.

Core Modules
  • Animation Principles
  • Illustration for Concept Art
  • 3D Pipeline
  • Creative Project
  • Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
  • 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.

Core Modules
  • Film Shorts & Stings: Proposal
  • Film Shorts & Stings: Production
  • Character Creation
  • Character Animation
  • Rigging for Animation
  • Set Design
  • Effects and Simulation

Elective Modules
  • Visual Culture
  • Production Planning and Management


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.

Core Modules
  • Team Animation Project: Proposal
  • Team Animation Project: Production
  • Animation Project: Proposal
  • Animation Project: Production
  • Research Project Report
  • Venture Building
  • Sound Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Intellectual Property Basics

MQA Compulsory Subjects*

  • Appreciation of Ethics and Civilisation (M’sian Students)
  • Malay Communication Language (Int’l Students)
  • Philosophy and Current Issues
  • 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

APU is recognised as the First Toon Boom Centre of Excellence (COE) in Malaysia! The Toon Boom Centre of Excellence program recognises key academic institutions that are contributing, at an exceptional level, to the teaching of the latest industry techniques and technology in storyboarding and animation. Under the COE Certification, our students are entitled to various privileges such as Free Desktop Subscription of the award-winning software and granted full assess to Toon Boom Learning Resources.

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