The BA(Hons) course is new for the entry year 2021 and the Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course is new for the entry year 2022. Both courses are subject to validation.
You can choose a pathway in 2D, 3D or stop-motion and develop your own specialism, be that as a director, producer, animator, rigger, texture, concept or background artist. The course has a strong focus on teamwork, the perfect platform for a successful career in animation for film, TV and games.
Study as part of a CILECT (The International Association of Film and Television Schools) film school
Learn from staff with industry backgrounds and experience in film, children's TV, advertising and post-production
Work in multi-skilled teams, reflecting industry practice
Identify your strengths and develop your technical and creative knowledge through character animation, storytelling, concept art and software
Hone your skills in stop motion and Computer Generated (CG) animation, working in professional-standard facilities
Underpin your creative work with theoretical and historical understanding
Gain a working knowledge of industry practice
Graduate with a varied and professional portfolio
What you'll learn
By joining our Animation degree, you'll build your real-world abilities, learn to think creatively and produce a range of animations. You'll work to industry standards, collaborating in multi-skilled teams and using professional processes to solve complex problems. And by taking a critical look at your work and working methods, you'll build the independent judgment skills crucial to your career.
How you'll learn
On this practice-based course, we combine theory, creative experimentation and technical tuition to meet the demands of the animation industry. By starting as an individual and quickly migrating to working in creative teams, you'll mirror life as an industry professional. You'll also develop your own specialism, be that as a director, producer, animator, rigger, texture, layout or background artist.
On top of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, you'll take on live briefs from industry clients, attend guest lectures and work with an industry mentor in your third year.
If you choose the Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course, you'll gain a foundational knowledge of your subject through digitally enhanced learning before progressing onto the full degree.
How you'll be assessed
We employ a variety of assessment strategies over the course of this degree. These include the submission of portfolios of practical work, presentations, essays, written or verbal reports and a major research project. In your first year, you'll also have the chance to take part in the process of peer group assessment.
Your summative (final) assessments occur at the end of each module, usually at the end of the study block. However, you may have interim formative assessments part way through a module as well. These assessments help ensure that you remain on track with your work.
You'll receive continuous feedback on all your work throughout the year. This will be delivered through tutorials and while you are working in the studio. At the end of a module, you'll receive detailed written feedback and will have the chance to discuss this with your assessor.
If you choose the Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course, all assessments within your foundation year will be 100% coursework based.
Our staff members are award-winning experts with multiple awards to their name. From working in 2D, 3D & stop motion in directing production, design, layout and animation, the academic team have extensive industry-wide experience.
We pride ourselves on our industry partnerships which reach beyond the UK to some of the best animation studios around the world. This provides essential networking opportunities for our students and alumni and helps inform and shape our curriculum.