The BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects degree offers an introduction to the innovative world of moving image, digital visualisation and contemporary narrative. The course aims to enable students to develop into creative animators and artists with the flexibility to practise their craft in a variety of media.
Students can gain an understanding of how the media of two-dimensional traditionally drawn animation and three-dimensional computer-generated techniques merge to create unique, innovative projects.
Animation and Visual Effects students have the opportunity to take part in study trips and overseas visits. Recent destinations have included the Anime Festival and Studio Ghibli museum in Tokyo; Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France; the Walt Disney Studios and Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles; NBC; the University of California and Warner Bros. Studios. Further information can be found within the Features section.
How You Study
Students have the opportunity to gain a thorough grounding in classical animation principles and an introduction to digital techniques. Life drawing forms an integral part of the course, combined with developing narrative, character design and animation techniques.
In the final year, students can work within a team to produce a short film that sets the premise for their personal showreel. Students are encouraged to participate in various stages of production, such as character animation, art direction and lighting, digital compositing and effects, post-production techniques and production management.
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree
Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.
How You Are Assessed
For this course, assessment is 100% by coursework each year. The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations, or reviews of creative output. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.
Each term includes advisory progress reviews, and at the end of each module, students have the opportunity to present their portfolio and studio work, as well as submitting any appropriate theatrical work. All studio modules are assessed on both studio production and supporting research presentation, with varying weightings.
Animation and Visual Effects students have the opportunity to take part in study trips and overseas visits. Recent destinations have included the Anime Festival and Studio Ghibli museum in Tokyo; Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France; the Walt Disney Studios and Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles; NBC; the University of California and Warner Bros. Studios. Costs relating to these trips are outlined in the Fees Tab.
Students on this course currently have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud software for the duration of their studies via our media and design labs.
Students on this course also have the opportunity to hear from visiting guest speakers from many parts of the animation and media industries.
- GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
- International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
- BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points
Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.
EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
About the School
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