Join our Partnership Programme

Inside the industry

Give your students and staff a unique opportunity to step inside the animation industry. Opening up the world of Aardman Animations to universities and colleges around the world, our partnerships and memberships offer exclusive benefits including spots on our foundation courses, bespoke masterclasses and visits to our legendary studios in Bristol.

Partners receive:

A bespoke package, which can include, but not limited to:

  • Exclusive Use of "Official Partner" Logo.
  • UK Based courses: Studio Visit with Masterclass.
  • Overseas equivalent: 3 x 1-hour Bespoke Events, Specific To Your Requirements.
  • Three 2-hour online Masterclass.
  • One 2-hour online Portfolio Crit .
  • 60 Seats on Any Of Our Foundations Courses.
  • Invitation to three Animation Days for up to 35 participants per Event.
  • Two Places on The Aardman Academy Lecturer Development Programme.
  • LinkedIn Post when you Join
  • Aardman Academy Website Listing with up to 200 Word Summary of Your Choice.
  • An Official Partners press pack.

Exclusive to:
  • Five UK and ten Overseas Partners  

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Our partners and  members




The experimenta.l. animation lab at the Harry W. Bass Jr. School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology (BAHT) at the University of Texas at Dallas is now happy to partner with the Aardman Academy. 

Our lab is a space for creative research and critical practices in animation that welcomes the participation of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and national and international collaborators. We encourage experimentation via a variety of animation techniques, tools, and interfaces.

Opportunities related to our partnership with the Aardman Academy welcome and include students from our entire school through uniquely tailored events. Students from experimental animation and stop-motion classes will particularly benefit from personal feedback from professionals on the Aardman team. In our school, we believe that if you can imagine it, we can make it. Our lab and studio culture blends art, technology, design, engineering, science, and the humanities to create an environment rich with possibilities. 

Collaboration is the heart of our school and Animation & Games program, as exemplified in this exciting partnership with the Aardman Academy.



We are The Northern School of Art, a leading provider of specialist creative art and design courses in the north and one of the best in the UK. We are a creative community where we know students individually as creative professionals in training. That’s why we work so closely with industry partners like Aardman.

We offer creative courses (honours degrees and MAs) across our twin faculties, Visual Arts and Stage & Screen. Each course is supported by an Industry Liaison Group of professionals with impressive cvs, these are our Visiting Fellows and Associate Lecturers. Partners like this help us provide the highest quality of art, design and performance teaching, ensuring students are equipped for employment in the creative industries.

We make students feel welcome, accepted, and empowered as creative individuals, helping them to find their future career path and place in society. This is borne out by our high levels of student satisfaction – 91% in 2022, beating every general university in the country.

Our creative curriculum places our students’ personal development at the centre of their learning experience and is characterised by collaboration across subjects.

The Northern School of Art – creativity at its heart since 1874.


The BA(Hons) and MA Animation courses at UWE Bristol have built an international reputation for the award-winning films our students produce, and the careers they subsequently develop in the animation industry. Both courses are highly regarded. The BA(Hons) Animation course came 2nd in the Guardian’s University rankings (2022). Our MA Animation has 100% satisfaction in the Postgraduate Teaching Excellence Survey (2021, 2022) and is accredited by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the screen industries. We also run a ground-breaking Junior Animator apprenticeship with a range of employers, which is providing a different opportunity for new talent to enter industry.

Our course and graduate successes are built on strong foundations. All our courses offer students the opportunity to explore animation through imaginative project work, hands-on experience, and the critical study of animation. Our course team has extensive experience in the animation industry in Bristol and beyond. Our purpose-built animation and media studios provide industry standard facilities, enabling students to develop artistic and technical skills in a range of animation processes, including CG, 2D and stop-motion. Our connections to industry are central to our ambitious approach, notably our partnership with the Aardman Academy. We are delighted to be working with them.


We are delighted that the animation department at the University of Westminster has achieved partnership status with the Aardman Academy.

Stop frame animation has always been a key ingredient of our animation degree, and this new relationship will offer our students much greater insights into professional practice.

Our degree in animation production attracts a very diverse group of creative people from across the world, and so we like to start everyone off by learning the fundamental principles. We have found that hand-made animation processes, such as stop-frame, are much more immediate, intuitive, and above all fun, so all of our students begin with these traditional approaches.

Quite a few of them fall in love with stop frame, and we are fortunate to have the staff, skills and studios to support them with more ambitious projects as they progress with us. Please visit our website to take a look at some of the amazing work that our students have created.

We are all extremely excited to see how our course will now develop, with the generous support of Aardman Academy.

The Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology is a dynamic creative hub offering interdisciplinary programmes in the arts, media, and humanities.

Here, the next generation of content makers are trained, inspired, and connected with the industries they will work in now and in the future.



New Zealand's University of Canterbury is delighted to be working with the Aardman Academy.

The five-year, exclusive agreement sees the University become the only institution in New Zealand and the Pacific Territories to specialise in Aardman stop-motion.

Aardman courses, informed by 40 years of industry leading experience and innovation, will be available under the University's Bachelor of Digital Screen with Honours, a four-year professional degree focusing on storytelling using words, still or moving images, animation and sound.

The degree was designed to educate and develop the talent needed to future-proof our global screen and creative technology sectors.

The agreement was delivered through KĹŤawa, a University of Canterbury initiative that creates unique opportunities for industry to collaborate with the University, enabling its students to receive necessary access and exposure to industry partners like Aardman, ensuring they graduate with the exact skillset the industry requires.

The University of Canterbury prides itself on delivering a high standard of future focused education as it seeks to cultivate a spirit of curiosity that honours shared histories, values differences and aspires towards a tertiary experience that is equitable and accessible to all.