Our MA in Worldbuilding with Creature Design was created in response to industry demand for pre-production specialisms and will enable us to bring together practitioners who want to create immersive worlds along with opportunities to develop creatures that can interact with imaginative, yet to be explored environments.

The course is the first of its kind in the UK. The Creature Design aspects open career opportunities in film, game and comic industries as well as work supporting scientific research, such as visualising prehistoric life or paleo reconstruction, evolution and life on other planets, known as speculative biology. The Worldbuilding aspects invites students to create richly-detailed cultural, historical and futuristic worlds for careers in the entertainment industry, production and research.

Candidates are encouraged to position their work within a professional context to help inform the visual output and appropriate production method. There may be opportunities for cross-disciplinary influences and peer review.

The course provides the critical and progressive space to explore the processes and contexts to visualise and build immersive, believable and sustainable new worlds and creatures.

Developing a body of self-negotiated work, you will be supported by a team with diverse research and practical interests and work closely with visiting industry professionals.


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Please apply direct to the University for our MA Worldbuilding with Creature Design course using the links below.

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If you need any assistance completing the form please contact the Admissions team at admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk.

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Specialist Resources

Students are able to access professional standard digital print facilities (including film scanning) by arrangement on one evening per week and on Saturdays during the standard academic year.

When You'll Study

The course is flexible and is designed to meet the needs of a variety of artists and designers.

The academic year runs from September to August and the course gives you many study options.

Entry Requirements

At enrolment you should normally have achieved:

  • An undergraduate UK honours degree or international equivalent in a subject related to your proposed course of study or;
  • A degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma /professional qualification

You will also need:

  • one reference to support your application from an academic or a creative practitioner
  • a personal statement outlining your intentions for postgraduate study

Applicants who hold a degree from another discipline or have experiential learning in lieu of a degree that can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills may also be considered for entry using our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

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Fees, Funding and Other Costs

Tuition Fees

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Discounts are available to graduates of BA (Hons) or the Access to HE Diploma courses at Leeds Arts University directly progressing to a postgraduate course at the University. Visit our Postgraduate Finance page for more information.

Postgraduate loans are available for all taught and research Masters courses in all subjects for students who meet the funding criteria. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living costs and other study expenses as you see fit. Find out more at www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study.

Other Costs

The other costs that need to be considered are those associated with the production of work. An MA Creature Design student must consider the costs of materials, production (including printing costs, creating a portfolio and exhibition costings etc.), processing services and specialist equipment and visits - a suggested sum of £350, however some students may spend less or more depending on their actual project. 

Leeds Arts University Postgraduate Scholarships

Home Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Scholarship

A scholarship of £2,000 will be awarded to one home student for one year. The scholarship will be awarded by a panel of staff and comprises of a reduction in tuition fees for the year.

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Studio Space Scholarship

The University recognises the challenges that graduates face in finding appropriate studio space in the first few years of their career.  The studio space scholarship will provide suitable working studio space for one home student for the period of their studies.

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International Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Scholarship

Five £3,000 scholarships are available as a tuition fee reduction.

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Terms & Conditions and Key Information

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Open Days

We understand deciding to continue your studies to postgraduate level is a significant step in your academic and career development. We aim to give you all the information you need to make the right choice.

If you are interested in attending an open day you can find out more and book your place on our Postgraduate Open Days page.

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