I'm currently about to complete my undergraduate degree in Multimedia Computing, and have after studying animation and programming for computer graphics I know this is where I want to be heading. I've decided since some of my skills are limited, I think it might be a good idea to have a bit of a structured course (and some industry ties) and take up a Masters degree (and kill two birds with one stone).
I know the term 'best' animation course is a bit debatable, but I'm ambitious and I want to study at the 'Oxford and Cambridge' equivalent of Computer Animation, and really get a good start (although I know it's what you put in, that you get out, and I'm prepared to work for it). But if anyone would provide me with some insight that lives in the UK (after all you are the experts) it would be most appreciated.
The universities that have caught my attention so far are:
Bournemouth University (National Centre for Computer Animation) -
Computer Animation (MA)
Computer Animation and Visual Effects (MSc)
Computer Animation (MSc)
University College London
Computer Graphics, Vision and Imaging (MSc)
If anyone knows of any others please don't hesitate to let me know. Additionally, I know the UCL course has a slightly different focus (looking at real time rending) but I also enjoy the technical side (programming) etc.
P.S. Another reason for not going straight into the industry, or carrying out a course at a professional school (ie Escape Studios) is that I'd leave myself the option of going into research (PhD) - the academic route, which I'd also enjoy, so I thought I'd leave all my options open.
I look forward to your valued opinions.