Animation is a key part of the UK's £84 billion creative industry. Throughout this course, you will develop the skills and understanding to make a successful career in this exciting and dynamic field.
In addition to using state-of-the-art processes and technologies to create digital animations, you will gain a solid grounding in classical animation techniques, drawing, cinematography, storytelling and the conceptual understanding to ensure that you become a creative, competent and confident professional.
Our industry-experienced team will help you become an accomplished animator through a combination of practical and theoretical work. Our emphasis is on creating as many animations as possible while still placing it in a cultural and industrial context.
You will do more than simply learn how to use the software, you will develop the crucial critical thinking skills that will enable you to produce work of the highest quality – something that the industry desperately wants.
A-Levels: There are no subject-specific requirements.
BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.
Applicants on Access Programmes: Meet UCAS tariff of 112. There are no specific subject requirements.
International Baccalaureate requirements:
112 UCAS tariff points to include at least 80 points from 2 HL subjects.
HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B.
Plus a minimum of GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).
English language requirements
Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.
CIFS entry requirement
If you are an international student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Certificate of International Foundation Studies
80 UCAS points or equivalent (see individual country pages for details) plus a Maths qualification equivalent to GCSE Grade C.
UKVI approved IELTS of 5.0 overall with no sub-test less than 5.0.
CIFS modules to be taken
Students study the four core modules plus TWO of the following modules:
Foundation in Human Biology
Foundation in Chemistry
Introduction to the Social Sciences
Global Business Environment
Foundation Mathematics 2
Progression requirements for the degree programme: An overall average of at least 50%
What you will study
The programme is intended to equip students who wish to develop expertise in the creative, aesthetic and technical aspects of computer-generated animation, supported by a range of relevant audio-visual media disciplines.
Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.
Creativity and Imagination (FAM4001-B)
Introduction to 3D Computer Animation (GAV4007-B)
3D Character Modelling and Animation (GAV4003-B)
Conventions of Animation (GAV4001-B)
Drawing for Production (GAV4012-B)
Creative Industries - Foundations (GAV4006-B)
Advanced Character Animation (GAV5007-B)
Classical Animation (GAV5021-B)
Script Programming and Technical Animation (GAV5001-B)
Facial Modelling/Animation (GAV5005-B)
3D Character Creation (GAV5012-B)
Look Development, Lighting and Advanced Rendering (GAV5016-B)
Digital Compositing and Post Production (GAV5018-B)
Motion Capture and Digital Scanning (GAV5017-B)
Individual Project (GAV6003-D)
Major Project Pre-Production (GAV6007-B)
Major Project Production (GAV6008-D)
AI for Games (COS6017-B)
Effects Animation and Dynamics for VFX (GAV6002-B)
Application Programming and Development (GAV5019-B)
This course offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in industry between your second and final year.
During the second year of your study, we organise a number of activities to help students find placements. These include sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers Service at the University and presentations by both employers and previous year's students on their placements.
Students who endeavour to, and take up the placement year will have support and guidance from a placements tutor throughout to monitor and support your progress.
After completing the year, students return to study the third academic year of their course, and we often find students return with a drive to continue their studies.
Many students continue their relationship with their placement employers working for them part-time, developing Final Year Projects with them or going back to them into graduate positions.
Learning and assessment
Learning takes place in a wide variety of formats. Some days you will be in lectures and seminars, others you will be having personal tutorials, having a casual chat in a group project, or even having a transatlantic discussion with an industry professional.
All modules require you to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment.
Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the course provides you with ongoing guidance and support. Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams.
Our production facilities include:
16 camera Vicon optical motion capture system
animation labs with state of the art workstations and the latest industry-standard software such as Maya, ZBrush, Houdini and Nuke
stop-motion lab with Dragonframe software
dedicated Chroma Key Studio
extensive range of cameras, including 4 and 6k cinema cameras and ENG cameras
audio recording studio, and professional editing systems
Equipment is free for students to use and small budgets are provided for project work. All course books, journals and online resources are provided in the library.
Fees, finance and scholarships
Home: £9,250 (sandwich year: £925)
International: £19,160 (sandwich year: £1,916)
Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship.
The programme has been designed to meet the needs of the industry.
We have regular industry student engagement, and as many of our staff still work on their own projects and commercial work they are best placed to offer advice on the best way to approach industry to secure employment.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes.
Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website. Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting.
In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
This course will prepare you for a successful career in computer animation. We are very proud of our graduates: they have gone on to work in the UK and overseas for organisations including the BBC, Warner Brothers, Vicon, MGM, Industrial Light and Magic, Disney, Universal, Weta Digital, Pixamundo, Dreamworks, Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium and many others.
Our graduates have worked on blockbuster movies including Avatar, Hugo, Gravity, Inception, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Warhorse, The Dark Knight trilogy and all of the Harry Potter films as well as numerous games. Over the last five years, our post-graduate employment and study rates have been significantly better than the national average for animation courses in the UK.
94% of our 2017 graduates in Animation, Games and Visual Effects found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*
*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
All of our courses offer the opportunity to study abroad, with two semesters in an international partner institution.
Recently two of our Animation students studied in Japan.
A comprehensive support network is here for you to ensure you reach your academic potential and go on to further success in the future.
You’ll benefit from a range of support services, including:
Personal Academic Tutor
student support/administration team
Academic Skills Advice service
Career and Employability Services
award-winning Disability Service
well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities
Our academic team is friendly and easy to access. We always answer communication promptly and all have regular office hours to provide advice and support.
All our staff are research active and are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines.
The University of Bradford has a strong pedigree of world-leading research, and our aim is to ensure that students benefit from our staff’s insight into the future of their subject.
The integration of new and innovative research findings into our curriculum, known as Research Informed Teaching, is a core value and one of the key principles driving the design of our programmes and our modules.