BA Honours in Animation

General

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Program Description

Course summary

Commercial animation is a rapidly growing and vibrant industry, encompassing a very broad range of rewarding and fascinating creative job opportunities. This exciting specialist course will enable you to develop your imaginative and creative skills while giving you a sound knowledge and understanding of animation processes, techniques and critical theory.

The strong emphasis on creative practice will help to develop your skills in drawing and design, along with the imaginative development and innovation of ideas expressed sequentially. These skills, together with the professional practice aspects of the course, will ensure that you have the confidence and expertise to succeed in the industry, whether as a designer, manager, producer or technician. You will also develop the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Throughout the course, there are opportunities for you to take part in external national and international competitions and film festivals. The course is delivered by a large team of experienced animation practitioners, staff and industry visitors, and you will work in dedicated specialist animation studios with facilities for blue screen, rostrum animation, CGI, drawing, stop-frame, film, photography, set building, sound and video.

Successful animators need to be flexible and able to adapt to changing cultures and new initiatives, and the course seeks to reflect this fluidity. You will rapidly develop your own practice in animation, and you will be encouraged to work on shared initiatives. Based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus – home to the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design – you will work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique creative hothouse.

Entry Requirements

Home/EU

  • A-Levels - BBB/CCC (minimum)

  • International Baccalaureate - 26 points (minimum).

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - MMM depending on the subject and overall academic/ skill profile.

  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction, GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in English.

If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 5.5 in each element.

Ideally, you should have passed the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design but other equivalent qualifications are welcome. You may be required to bring a portfolio of practical work to interview.

International

  • International Baccalaureate - 26 points (minimum)

If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 5.5 in each element.

Ideally, you should have passed the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design but other equivalent qualifications are welcome. You may be required to bring a portfolio of practical work to interview.

Careers

Internships

Animation BA is a creative degree packed full of vocational skills. Our network of successful alumni enriches the course with guest lecturers and internships.

The creative sector is thriving in London and our links with industry mean that our graduates have landed some fantastic opportunities. We love to have them back as guest lecturers to talk about their careers in special effects, games design and immersive applications.

  • Work experience at the RCA and NFTS

We work in close relationship with the Royal College of Art and the National Film and Television School, to provide our students with valuable work experience on their award-winning animation productions. This happens in the 2nd and 3rd year of the course, and its the perfect introduction to working on a professional production team. It's a great chance to get your name on the credits of an award-winning film!

  • Cartoon Network

Every year one of our alumni is awarded an internship at Cartoon Network.

Career development centre

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced career consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and career fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • Find work placements related to your course
  • Find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • Find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • Market yourself effectively to employers
  • Write better CVs and application forms
  • Develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • Plan your career with our careers consultants
  • Meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one i ... Read More

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one in Harrow, it is home to over 20,000 students from over 150 nations. Read less