RE:ANIMA – European Master in Animation

January 12, 2022

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Location (s):

  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • Portugal
Genk, Helsinki, Lisabon


European Joint Master in Animation is a new Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) in the area of Animation and the creative arts. The consortium that was developed around RE:ANIMA has European wide representation and covers both strong and more deprived animation markets, while assuring a clear balance from the geographical, linguistic and cultural points of view.


This Master Course thoroughly explores all fields of animation, from fiction narrative to documentary and experimental uses of animation in expanded fields.

The program has an original mobility scheme that takes the students on an educational and creative journey from Belgium, where they will explore the foundations of narrative animation filmmaking, to Finland, where they will strengthen their technical and artistic animation skills and experiment with the craft, to Portugal, where they will use the tools of animation to depict and reflect upon reality, using the processes of animation as a form of documenting the world and act upon it.

Throughout the four semesters the students will acquire differentiated competences, explore diverse methods and approaches, while at the same time working on their graduation animation projects. These projects can take the form of fiction, documentary or experimental animation of a various nature that combine techniques and multidisciplinary approaches.


RE:ANIMA is oriented towards an international dimension of the industry and the profession. It envisions the creation of an international community of animators who make diverse connections and create a network for future career endeavours. RE:ANIMA is fully taught in English and strives for establishing a high-level profile and a network of global connections, namely via the involvement of international professionals in the programme, including experts from international production companies. With the combination of the students’ individual learning trajectory and a broad, multicultural orientation, RE:ANIMA assumes a unique presence in Europe, and strongly intersects with the needs of the animation film industry. Students will become familiarized with three entirely different locations, both culturally and industry-wise, and will be continuously motivated to broaden their cultural horizon. This will provide them not only with a varied palette of skills in animation filmmaking, but also with an international network and orientation, which is invaluable in a sector where international co-production is at the heart of the industry.

The integration of different forms of expanded animation into the programme is a new curricular feature which does not exist in traditional animation programmes that are usually oriented towards short film production with a narrow focus and specialization in animation techniques. RE:ANIMA acknowledges and fosters the importance of using animation outside the film and TV series formats, hence the fact that live animation, VR and visualization are considered essential in the programme. RE:ANIMA will dedicate a semester to the use of various animation techniques in documentary production, while other semesters focus on fiction formats (film and TV) and experimental uses of animation. This broad understanding of the field opens unbounded possibilities to the students in terms of their graduation projects. The first semester, to be taught in Genk, will focus on fiction and narrative, the second one in Helsinki, on experimental animation and visualization and the third one, in Lisbon on documentary. During the fourth semester, students will move to the school that hosts the area in which their thesis project focused on. Alongside these specialized applications, there will be a constant focus on an expanded use of animation techniques independently of the formats at stake.


RE:ANIMA is promoted by a consortium that integrates three Higher Education Institutes that are all full members of GEECT – Groupe European des écoles de cinema et television and CILECT – Centre international de liaison de écoles de cinema et television, the two main international associations of Higher Education institutions in these areas and those that concentrate the top ranked schools all over the world.

The consortium also integrates a large number of industrial and academic partners that also add much to its diversity and adherence to actual industry and market training standards and needs, besides a significant number of international partners that will help in reinforcing the international profile and relevance of the consortium, as well as the attractiveness of the program.

Diploma Awarded

In view of the Erasmus Mobility Programme and the Europass system, all three partners will adopt a joint diploma supplement, based on the three national supplements. The official diplomas will clearly indicate that this is a Joint Master. The number of ECTS earned will also be indicated in the Joint Diploma supplement.

A multiple/double diploma and supplement will be delivered upon graduation to each student as in Finland, according with Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, a degree completed in a language other than Finnish or Swedish requires that a degree certificate shall also be awarded in those languages.


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Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

RE:ANIMA is open to European and non-European studentswith a BA degree related with animation and film production. Diplomas in different study areas are accepted for applicants with relevant professional experience in Animation.

The following requirements must be fulfilled by all applicants:

  • Application Form (online and complying with the imposed deadlines, no applications sent by regular mail will be accepted).
  • Copy of passport/identification card (This should be an official identification document including a photograph and personal data like first name, surname and date and place of birth. This data should be described in English language -like in passports. We recommend that the expiration date covers the duration of the entire master).
  • Recent head-shot photograph.
  • Final university diploma from previous degree(s) – BA or Master with minimum National Framework Qualifications level 8 or European Qualifications Framework level 6 – (If in other language than in English, additional official certified English translation  is obligatory, and it should also contain the University stamp).
  • Curriculum vitae (must provide professional qualification(s), experience, pieces of work(s), job(s), task(s), professional skills in film-making).
  • Two or three Letters of Recommendation. These do not have to follow a template. The only requirement is that the contact details of the person providing the reference must be clearly typed and if possible, should contain a business email address and a telephone number.
  • Letter of motivation that expresses interest in studying at ReAnima (max 1000 characters).
  • Expectations concerning knowledge to acquire (max 1000 characters).
  • Project Proposal. As a student in Re:Anima you will make a short film (fiction, documentary or experimental) or an expanded animation project (i.e. installation, augmented or virtual reality etc.) in an animation style of your choice. This production will present your view on (certain aspects) of society, and there are no restrictions regarding the format you can work in. Describe (in max. 300 words) your first idea for this film or installation. This description should inform us about the following elements: (1) the subject or subjects you want to tackle; (2) your preferred animation techniques, (3) the visual style, genre and atmosphere, and (4) the emotions you want to evoke.
  • Portfolio/ show reel of previous films and animation projects (a max. 9-minute portfolio of your previous films or animation projects. You should show the film credits or list your role on the film/project and if possible, with English subtitles. Unlisted link with no password)
  • Certified copies of an English language certificate.
    English proficiency certificates: the minimum required level is B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference. Students can prove their proficiency by the following means:
    • Providing one of the following English certificates with the minimum scores listed below:
      • IELTS 6.0
      • TOEFL iBT 79 or CBT 213 or PBT 550
      • TOEIC Listening + Reading 605 Speaking 160 Writing 150
      • ACT English 20 + Reading 20
      • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) grade A, B or C
      • First Certificate in English (FCE) grade A, B or C
    • Providing an English-language higher educational diploma at an institute of higher education in one of the Inner Circle countries:
      • United Kingdom
      • United States of America
      • New Zealand
      • Australia
      • Canada (except Quebec)
      • Ireland
      • Caribbean Islands
      • South Africa
  • A residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate’s municipality normal registration rules or, a certificate from the candidate’s place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question.


Deadline: January 12, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:


Candidates are eligible for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, awarded on the basis of excellence. The number of the scholarships available are variable between intakes – between 15 and 18.

  • Candidates eligible for scholarships are students who have obtained a primary higher-education degree or can demonstrate a recognised equivalent according to national legislation and practices of the degree awarding country.
  • Students who have already obtained an EMJMD scholarship or an Erasmus Mundus Master Course / Joint Doctorate scholarship are not eligible to apply for an additional scholarship under the EMJMD action.
  • Erasmus+ scholarship holders cannot benefit from another EU funded scholarship scheme to follow the same EMJMD course. This holds for the entire period of the course.
  • Students with a double nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application.


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