Year 0 in animation encourages creativity, imagination and new ways of making, thinking and documenting. If you are not quite ready for year one of our three-year undergraduate degree then this course is for you.
Tutors nurture student's creative potential and support them whilst they learn the essential practical, intellectual, and transferable skills needed to confidently enter into year one. As well as developing fundamental skills students will also gain a broad grounding in their chosen specialist area, an understanding of the cultural contexts of the creative industries and the ability to develop hardware and software suitable for animation practice.
What can this course do for me?
Year 0 in animation is not a standalone course, it is the first stage of a full bachelor’s degree and once successfully completed you will be able to progress smoothly into our BA (Hons) Animation.
Top reasons to apply
Gain a command of the essential, practical, intellectual and transferable skills needed to enter into the world of animation.
Develop hardware and software knowledge suitable for animation practice.
An understanding of the broad cultural contexts of the creative industries.
Gain visual awareness and experience with a range of media and technical ability related to animation.
Industry opportunities to collaborate on live briefs.
Excellent teaching from experienced staff and industry experts.
Creative projects that nurture individuals to excel.
Students will be continually assessed through the presentation of project and written work.
Students produce practical work and in the final year make or contribute to the making of a short animated piece.
Essays, blog entries, business plans, reports and a dissertation also form part of the requirements of the course.
Year 0, the first year of a 4-year degree, runs over one academic year during which students complete four units.
In term one, they will begin a unit in Explorative Media and Design studies. They will also complete a unit in the English Language. Which continues throughout Term 1 and 2 and provides the basic transferable skills necessary to underpin their practical and theoretical work.
In term two, students commence their Specialist Study unit and engage in a series of projects designed to broaden their chosen discipline knowledge and skills on Animation. These will become more challenging as they move into term three to start the Final Major Project.
Students will build fundamental skills in the most current animation software and equipment.
They will begin to learn the art of storytelling through the 12 animation principles, combining creative thinking and applied techniques.
We encourage them to start thinking about their own reflective practice and contextual studies research.
Students will specialise within animation production, in areas such as visual effects and character performance.
This will allow them to enhance their practice and develop an approach to your personal creative output.
We aim to set a variety of live project briefs, some working with partners in the charity, health and education sectors.
Students will bring their learnings together in a final major animation project, with the aim of pitching their skills to other students on the course and eventually to industry.
We ask students to show their contextual studies research and thinking in a long-form dissertation.
Finally, students will complete a personal portfolio of their skills ready for entry into their chosen industry.
Successful completion of this course can lead to postgraduate study in MA Moving Image.
Key study topics
Modelling to camera
Human and creature mechanic
Big ideas and philosophies
Character modelling and rigging
Animation is an increasingly widespread form of media and good animators are becoming more sought after in film, television, VFX, gaming and the web.
Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English) and also to hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK or international qualifications.
2 A levels, grade C or above
4 AS levels, grade C or above
2 vocational A levels, grade C or above
Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
International Baccalaureate, 24 points or above
English Language Entry Requirements
Ability in the English language is essential for successful engagement with and completion of Ravensbourne’s courses. All applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide recent evidence that they have a command of English sufficient to successfully undertake their course of study.
For Undergraduate (UG) courses Ravensbourne requires IELTS 5.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each component: reading, writing, speaking, listening, or equivalent.
If an applicant does not meet the English Language requirement at the point of application, then an additional English condition will be added to any offer of entry. In addition, a pre-sessional English Language course may be offered where appropriate. Eligibility and information will be published on the Pre-Sessional English Language course webpage.
*The above requirements are not exhaustive, and a full list of alternative equivalent qualifications, international qualifications, and additional academic requirements can be found on the Ravensbourne website, or from the Admissions Office if requested.
Students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design.
We welcome applicants who are able to demonstrate their abilities through the submission of a relevant portfolio showing their skills, abilities and suitability to the course.
When assessing if an applicant meets our entry requirements we may also consider the combination of a portfolio and academic qualifications, progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.
For entry to Year 0 applicants are selected on the basis of:
an applicant’s prior academic achievement/qualifications and/or previous employment/life experience;
assessment of the applicant’s ability and aptitude to succeed on the course for which s/he has applied.
Fees and Scholarships
Annual fee for Home Postgraduate students: £9,250
Annual fee for International Postgraduate students: £16,500
International students making full payment of the above fee by 1 August in the year of entry receive a 5% discount.
International student progressing from Further Education to Higher Education: The cost of the foundation diploma course will be reimbursed over the three years of an undergraduate course. The discount applies for the three years of the undergraduate course and will not be applied to any repeat years.
In addition to any government loans you may be eligible for, Ravensbourne University London has a limited amount of bursaries and scholarships for undergraduate students.
This financial support has been designed to assist in the costs of travel, meals and/or course equipment. Due to restricted funding, and a large number of eligible students, our financial support is limited and is subject to change.
We strongly advise all prospective students to consider all the costs of study including accommodation, travel, equipment, and sustenance whilst undertaking their course and to have alternative means of funding such as part-time work and/or savings.