M.Des. (Animation Art & Design)

M.Des. (Animation Art & Design)

2 Years – 4 Semesters – Full Time



The Masters in Animation Art and Design at Vishwakarma University, Pune is thoughtfully designed by industry veterans. This programme uses the skills sets learned during the undergraduate degree and further enhances the understanding of traditional animation, mixed media animation, experimental animation, different forms of animation, and animation usage in different mediums. These are critically contextualized concerning technology, history, artistic skills, theory, and industry practices.

This programme further offers the opportunity to demonstrate a methodical approach, research-based learning, systematic practice, and professionalism expected at the industry level. The course will ensure that your research and practice are at the forefront of the discipline. To top it up a comprehensive live projects experience and industry internship adds more knowledge and value to the course.

For those looking for a Masters in Animation, this programme is an ideal one for you. In India, today the animation film industry is thriving and there is a constant requirement for skilled professionals; which is the reason why a job in animation is one of the most sought-after professions.

Students with a Masters degree in animation are trained to be organized along with the perfect blend of artistic skills, management skills, and technical skills. Therefore, many employers find that students are not only creative but highly analytical. These traits can help make graduates more hirable in the future not only in the animation industry, few other industries using multimedia and animation as part of their process.

Outcome On successful completion of M.Des.-AAD programme at VU (A&D) the student will be able to :
1 Understand animation-related concepts by experimenting with various forms and techniques used in the industry to achieve the desired outcome.
2 Develop analytical thinking, problem-solving ability, adaptability when working as a team.
3 Gain a through understanding the Animation production process.
4 Develop inter-department workflow and work culture.
5 Work within the deadline and time management
6 Contribute from ideation to final product.
7 Demonstrate high competency level in specialized subjects eg: modeling, rigging, lighting, texturing, and Character animation.
8 Gain a thorough understanding of Production management
9 Get a knowledge of animation business, merchandising, copyrights, and legal aspects.
10 Develop a working knowledge of distribution methods and be prepared to face the constant changes in media culture.



Course Type Course Name Credits
Foundation Anthropology 2
CC Writing for Animation 3
CC Animation Content Research & Case Study 3
CC Experimental Animation Process 3
CC Advanced Digital Art & Concept Creation 3
Minor Project Mix media / Animation Shot- Script submission 4
Compulsory Audit Course Principle of Animation Demonstration 2


Course Type Course Name Credits
Foundation Marketing and Management 2
Subject Core Animation Production Management 3
Subject Core Advanced Modelling 3
Subject Core Advanced Shading Texturing 3
Minor Project Industry Project * 4
Open Elective Acting for Animation OR Classical 2D Animation Specialization 3
Open Elective Quadruped & Biped Rigging OR Simulation Hair & Fur specialization. 3
Compulsory Audit Course Experimental Animation Project Submission. 2


Course Type Course Name Credits
Subject Core Animation Case Study & Research 3
Subject Core Key pose Blocking and Staging Process 3
Subject Core Body mechanics & Facial Animation 3
Minor Project Advanced Character Animation 4
Open Elective Advanced Lighting OR Dynamics & Effects Simulation. 3
Open Elective Animation Production & Outsource Management OR Licensing & Merchandising 3
Compulsory Audit Course The Business of Animation 2


Course Type Course Name Credits
Major Project Internship/ Graduation Project 16
Compulsory Audit Course Paper presentation (Internship / Graduation Project) 2

  • Access to Internship and Placement opportunities 
  • A comprehensive 2 Years Master degree course
  • Artistic skills
  • Understanding of complete production process
  • Knowledge of Animation design from ideation to final output
  • Passion towards knowing more about animation in detail
  • The innovative mindset in creating a design
  • Approach towards knowing more animation tools and techniques
  • At VU, we are dedicated to building a strong workforce in the animation industry
  • Thorough understanding of the industry and animation business
  • Knowledge of licensing, merchandising, co-production, distribution, etc.
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure and studio well–equipped with all amenities

Industry Engagement

Having tied up with Industry Partner Design Skills Academy and industry veterans, Vishwakarma University, Pune aims to equip the students with the right knowledge and focus to succeed in a Media & Entertainment career.

  • Workshops
  • Experts Seminars
  • Industry visits
  • Campus placements
  • Participation in Indian and international competitions
  • Studio Internship

Dr. Shraddha Kaje
Faculty of Art & Design

Dr. Shraddha Kaje
Assistant Professor
Mr. Prashant Aacharya
Faculty of Art & Design

Mr. Prashant Aacharya
Assistant Professor
Mrs. Rakhi Charwad
Faculty of Art & Design

Mrs. Rakhi Charwad
Mr. Mandar Naik
Faculty of Art & Design

Mr. Mandar Naik
Mr. Deepak Giri
Faculty of Art & Design

Mr. Deepak Giri

We know career options after a master’s degree will be vast, you have ample choices to choose your career as:

  • Faculty / Teacher / Pre-production artist.
  • Comic Book Artist
  • Layout Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Pre-production artist / Concept Artist
  • Photoshop artist / Texturing Artist
  • Digital Painter / Matte Painting artist
  • 2D Animation Artist / Flash Animator
  • 3D Animator / 3D Texturing Artist
  • Lighting Artist / Effects Artist
  • CGI Compositor / Rendering Assistant/Concept Artist/ 3D Modeler
  • Texturing artist / UV artist/ Rigger
  • Compositor/Visual effect Artist Editor / Production Coordinator
  • Production Manager / Project Manager
  • Line Producer / Producer / Animation Supervisor
  • Animation Director / Show Director
  • Animator
  • Art Director
  • BG Modeler
  • VFX Supervisor

The programme is a new launch from the academic year 2021-2022. The University eagerly awaits the respective academic endeavours, performance, and achievements of students.

The programme is a new launch from the academic year 2021-2022. The University eagerly awaits the respective academic endeavors, performance, and achievements of students.

  • As per Times Higher Education Global Impact Rankings 2021, Vishwakarma University, Pune is featured in the top institutions amongst 1200 universities from 98 countries/regions. These rankings assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Vishwakarma University is conferred with the Emerging University of the Year award in Western India by ASSOCHAM in its 13th Higher Education Conclave 2020.
  • Vishwakarma University Pune has been declared Winner for Excellence in Design Education Award at the World Education Award 2021(Higher Education) held on March 6, 2021 for the project “Industry on Campus and Industry Connect”.
  • Shreya Ekbote from Product Design dept. stood third in Logo identity design in 2017 organized by Banaras Hindu University

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Option 2 – In Person

Note: Vishwakarma University (VU), Pune charges an application form fee.

  • Basic Qualification Required: Passed Bachelor Degree of minimum 4 years duration.
  • Minimum % of marks at Qualifying Exam for Open Category: 45%
  • Minimum marks at Qualifying Exam for Reserved Category: 40%

Entrance Examination : VUNET


Intake: 60.


As applicable for UG / PG Programme

For Reserved Category Students – Caste Certificate, Caste Validity, Non-Creamy Layer Certificate, are additionally required (over and above listed documents).

Last date of submitting all / pending documents: 30th September 2022.

Click Here to know the applicable Annual Fees and Amount to be paid in installments.

Note: Postdated cheques (PDCs) are to be submitted for Installment II and III at the time of provisional admission along with payment of Installment I.


Option I – Visit Accounts Section, Vishwakarma University Office, Pune, and deposit only DD or Cheque of requisite amount. No Cash Payment. DD / Cheque should not be deposited directly into the bank. It is to be deposited to University’s Accounts Section (Monday – Saturday, 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.). DD or Cheque is to be drawn in the name of “Vishwakarma University” Payable at Pune.

Option II – EDC Machine (Card Swipe Machine). Use Debit or Credit Card to swipe for payment of requisite fees at Accounts Counter, Vishwakarma University, Admissions Office, Pune.

Option III – RTGS / NEFT / IMPS (Immediate Payment Service - Interbank Electronic Fund Transfer)

Institute Name Vishwakarma University
State Maharashtra
District / City Pune
Bank HDFC Bank Limited
Branch Kondhwe, Khurd, Pune 411 048.
Type of Account Current
Account Number 50200027418843
IFSC Code HDFC0000029 (Fifth to Ninth character is “Zero”)

After completion of the transaction, inform the accounts section at the earliest on email (accounts.university@vupune.ac.in) or visit the accounts section with the following details.

  1. Student’s Full Name
  2. Programme & Year
  3. Date of Transaction
  4. Amount of Transaction
  5. Bank Name
  6. UTR No. and / or Transaction Id

After receipt of said information, the accounts section will issue a payment receipt.

Separate accommodation and food facility for Boys and Girls on a first come first serve basis.

  • Boys Hostel (Grade A & B) with capacity more than 140 Beds
  • Girls Hostel with capacity more than 70 Beds.
  • Food (Compulsory) – Vegetarian
  • Booking Amount : Rs. 10 Thousand
  • Refundable Deposit : Rs. 5 Thousand
  • Laundry Charges : Charged separately
  • Transport : Hostel to VU (To and Fro) Rs. 1 Thousand - (bi-monthly) subject to minimum number of seats.

Note : Refer photo gallery for Hostel facilities.

Counselling & Admission Officers :

Mr. Ganesh Thite / Mr. Vinayak Shinde

Contact Numbers: 8669908324 / 8669908325

Timings: Monday to Saturday (9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.)

Vishwakarma University, Main Building, Room No. 1006, Survey No. 2, 3, 4 Laxmi Nagar,

Kondhwa (Bk.) Pune - 411048.

Maharashtra, India.

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