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Universal Arts School

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Universal Arts School is an international animation and design school that has been providing higher education since 1994. Also known simply as UA School, the university has campuses in Spain and Hollywood, developing courses in partnership with leading companies including Bioware. It ranks as the fifteenth best animation school in the world, and takes first place in Spain. Universal Arts School is also known for its innovative online learning experience where students can access a virtual online campus with interactive avatars. UA School teaching specialises in 3D Animation, Video Games, Digital Cinema and VFX. 

UA School graduates can be found working at companies like ILM, Sony ImageWorks, Weta Digital, Blue Sky Studios, Lucas Arts, Disney, Framestore, The Mill, CodeMasters, MPC, Double Negative, Ubisoft and Asylum, among others. Alumni have earned an array of awards for their expertise. 

Training at Universal Arts School is hands-on and provides students with the knowledge needed to excel in their fields. A personalised methodology means small class numbers, so students can develop one-to-one relationships with instructors and mentors. Faculty are a dynamic and multicultural team of professionals, offering a specialised and high-quality service to students and graduates. Universal Arts School’s mission is to help propel students towards success in a competitive, demanding and innovative industry. 

The UA School academic offer is based on an innovative route system where students can design their own career path: multiple types and lengths of study are available. Universal Arts School includes a one-year accelerator programme at the end of each cycle where students learn to apply their acquired knowledge in practical projects.

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Universal Arts School is an international animation and design school that has been providing higher education since 1994. Also known simply as UA School, the university has campuses in Spain and Hollywood, developing courses in partnership with leading companies including Bioware. It ranks as the fifteenth best animation school in the world, and takes first place in Spain. Universal Arts School is also known for its innovative online learning experience where students can access a virtual online campus with interactive avatars. UA School teaching specialises in 3D Animation, Video Games, Digital Cinema and VFX. 

UA School graduates can be found working at companies like ILM, Sony ImageWorks, Weta Digital, Blue Sky Studios, Lucas Arts, Disney, Framestore, The Mill, CodeMasters, MPC, Double Negative, Ubisoft and Asylum, among others. Alumni have earned an array of awards for their expertise. 

Training at Universal Arts School is hands-on and provides students with the knowledge needed to excel in their fields. A personalised methodology means small class numbers, so students can develop one-to-one relationships with instructors and mentors. Faculty are a dynamic and multicultural team of professionals, offering a specialised and high-quality service to students and graduates. Universal Arts School’s mission is to help propel students towards success in a competitive, demanding and innovative industry. 

The UA School academic offer is based on an innovative route system where students can design their own career path: multiple types and lengths of study are available. Universal Arts School includes a one-year accelerator programme at the end of each cycle where students learn to apply their acquired knowledge in practical projects.

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University information

Students can apply to study at Universal Arts School through the online admissions portal. Advisors are on hand to help explain the process and discuss any location-specific issues – like visa requirements – with prospective students. UA School applicants need to input their prior education details and select the location, subject area and type of study. Although there are no mandatory levels of prior learning required, all applications need to undertake an admissions test to gauge their level of understanding and experience within the industry. 

Universal Arts School offers student finance schemes and help-to-study programmes for those facing economic challenges. Financing programmes are offered through Spanish banks – students can check the website to find out if they’re eligible for funding. Discounts are available on courses that combine multiple award or subject areas. 

UA School knows how important it is for students to love living where they’re learning. That’s why they operate campuses in Valencia, Spain and Los Angeles, USA. Students can pick their location of study: the Mediterranean lifestyle of Valencia or the entertainment hub of Los Angeles. 

Universal Arts School classrooms are equipped with the latest design hardware and software. Students get full use of cutting-edge audiovisual technology, as well as a large movie set. Featuring some of the most impressive equipment in the industry, Univeral Arts School leads the way in arts education. 

Campus facilities include:

  • Full movie set 
  • Learning space of over 11,000 sq ft. 
  • Virtual campus for interactive, digital learning
  • Latest technological and professional equipment 


UA School’s online campus markets itself as the most advanced virtual university in the world, where thousands of students and non-students can access to the university’s intranet to watch videos, tutorials, conferences, demos, perform missions and interact with other students and professionals in the field. The platform is ‘gamified’, meaning participants can create online profiles and earn digital currency to grant them access to exclusive learning tools and professional programmes. 

Student life

The choice of location – Spain or California – gives students an exciting flexibility to help them develop on-location skills to succeed in the industry. Students can enjoy tapas, beaches and Spanish charm in Valencia, or immerse themselves in the undisputed capital of the entertainment world in Los Angeles, USA. The university ranked as the fifteenth best international animation school in the world.  

Universal Arts School’s programmes are designed with a practical-first ethos: less time spent repetitively studying and more time building real-world skills. Curriculums focus on a healthy balance of ‘80% activity with 20% effort’ – equipping graduates with the most critical skills to ensure they bring high value to the industry without overextending themselves physically or professionally. 

Students at UA School are supported in arranging shared or single accommodation near campus. The ability to study online means students don’t always need to live near the university premises. More details are available direct from university advisors or during the application process

UA School graduates typically go on to have careers in the entertainment industry – the curriculums are uniquely designed to cater to respected roles across the sector. Alumni have gone on to work for companies including The Mill, CodeMasters, MPC, Double Negative, Ubisoft, Asylum, ILM, Sony ImageWorks, Weta Digital, Blue Sky Studios, Lucas Arts, Disney and Framestore. 

Universal Arts School degrees are divided into Dual Career and Career programmes. Dual Career degrees offer fullstack (multiskilled) learning, whilst Career programmes focus on specific skill development with assessed industry experience. Graduates with fullstack qualifications are some of the most sought-after in the industry, and can aspire to a variety of sector career paths in the sector. 

Available programs

A master’s course at Universal Arts School consists of two years of learning – with the option of either a single master’s or a double master’s in the same amount of time – or four years. A five-year option is also available. UA School offers a wide range of subjects, which include:

  • Concept artist (2-5 years) 
  • Videogame developer or programmer (2-5 years)
  • Videogame artist (2-5 years)
  • Film director (4-5 years)
  • Character animator (2-4 years) 


For two-year courses, students can focus on either a single master’s or a double master’s across 24 months. Learning takes place either on campus, online, or a combination of the two. 

Four-year courses are designed specifically for jobs in high demand, and aims to open doors to jobs within the sector. Students can take advantage of grants and study at discounted rates. 

Programmes running for five years guarantee the highest level of skill and leave graduated with two fullstack qualifications – some of the strongest skill levels in the industry. A discount of 50% is available on the second of the two fullstack programmes. 

The UA School Acceleration Programme offers candidates the chance to develop skills and experience using the Universal Arts School facilities and training – but for their own business. Ideal for startups, small businesses or just for gaining practical experience in the sector, the UA School Acceleration Programme lasts for nine months. Students already enrolled on a UA School master’s course take part in the Acceleration Programme as part of their studies in order to graduate. 

Tuition fees are payable either in full or split between payments on organised financial plans. Students benefit from discounts on multiple programmes of study.  

Universal Arts School offers student finance schemes and help-to-study programmes for those facing economic challenges. Financing programmes are offered through Spanish banks – students can check the website to find out if they’re eligible for funding. Discounts are available on courses that combine multiple award or subject areas. 

Students can apply to study at Universal Arts School through the online admissions portal. UA School applicants need to input their prior education details and select the location, subject area and type of study. Although there are no mandatory levels of prior learning required, all applications need to undertake an admissions test to gauge their level of understanding and experience within the industry.

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