Can you push the boundaries in animation? Based in the heart of London's creative district and with excellent links to industry, the course explores the interplay between movement and narrative. You will examine how the two elements flow together to engage the audience and create a story. With opportunities for mentorships with top industry players, let our experts sharpen your natural talent and turn passion into a profession.
During the course, students will acquire the technical skills and insight to succeed in a career in 2D and 3D animation. It will encourage students to think on their feet and respond to live and self-initiated briefs. Students on the course have access to industry-standard software and will produce an assessed portfolio of work.
What can this course do for me?
Working in a creative environment, students work collaboratively to take on creative briefs, bring ideas to life and create a portfolio that is industry-ready. Become part of a supportive community made up of industry experts and graduate mentors and develop both the skills and connections to thrive in the world of animation.
Top reasons to apply
Learn within a top-10 world academic institution in a dynamic city
Opportunities to collaborate on live briefs within the industry
Access to excellent teaching from experienced staff and industry experts
Work on creative projects that nurture individuals to excel
Based at an excellent location, close to a host of animation studios
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.
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
The course uses a mix of practice and theory-based learning.
Students are introduced to a range of animation practices. These range from conceptualisation, digital development skills and asset creation to character animation techniques, scripting, storytelling techniques and life drawing.
It also includes physical prototyping, communication and presentation, research and idea development.
Key study topics include:
Modelling to camera
Human and creature mechanic
Big ideas and philosophies
Character modelling and rigging
Animation is an increasingly widespread form of media. Good animators are becoming increasingly sought after in film, television, VFX, gaming and the web.
Working with industry
Animation graduates often go on to secure work as 3D/2D generalists as well as specialists in areas including concept, modelling, animation and VFX production.
Past graduates have been employed in roles within film and television, visual effects, advertising, post-production, apps and games.
Students will be expected to have five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English), and hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK/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. Applicants are expected to submit a portfolio of work that shows a range of their skills and demonstrates why they would be a good fit for the course.
We may also consider a combination of portfolio and academic qualifications and take into consideration progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.
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.