Solent University (Southampton) has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
On this creative course you’ll learn from professional animators, experimenting with styles ranging from drawn animation through to stop-motion and CGI on your way to becoming a highly trained and multi-disciplined animation professional. You will bring your concepts to life using industry-standard animation facilities - learning the full production process from first draft storyboarding to advanced filmmaking techniques. This three year programme also gives you the time and support necessary to create a varied professional portfolio that’s perfectly suited to securing paid positions after graduation. You’ll have the option to undertake industry projects both within our freelance modules, and alongside the course. Our in-house creative agency Solent Creatives, provides you with the chance to pitch for paid work with commercial clients – past clients have included Bear Grylls, the BBC, Southampton Airport, and Southampton City Council. Students study under the guidance of experienced professionals with a wealth of first-hand experience to share. What does this course lead to? The classical animation training on this course provides a springboard into any of the animation and related industries after graduation. Whether it’s animating explosions on the latest video games, or creating a quirky character in adverts, or TV. It is all built upon a solid, classics approach. Who is this course for? Solent’s Animation programme is ideally suited to students who want to bring characters to life on the screen. Applicants should have a keen interest in drawing, making things move, and cinema generally.
YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Animation Principles Introduction to 3D Observation Animation Practice 3D Animation Animation History YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Production Pitch Production Design Animation Production Cinematography for Animations Freelance Animation YEAR 2 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Animation Techniques Stop Motion Techniques YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Animation Final Major Project Proposal Animation Final Major Project Pre-Production Animation Marketing Animation Final Major Project Animation Final Major Project - Behind the Scenes
This course is assessed through portfolios, including show-reels, visual journals, and digital portfolios. There are no exams.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||96 - 112 points||A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent qualification or a combination of qualifications which achieve the entry requirement of 96 UCAS points which includes an Art and Design subject. Applicant's who are not studying an Art and Design subject are welcome to apply, but will be required to submit an electronic portfolio for consideration. Alternative entry on to this course is available through the Foundation Year. We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Alternative entry on this course is available through the Digital Arts Foundation Year We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||M: 45 credits P: 15 credits||60 Credits overall 45 at merit and 15 at pass|
|AS||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DD|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)||MMM|
|Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)||DD|
|Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF)||In combination with other qualfications|
|Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)||In combination with other qualfications|
|Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF)||In combination with other qualfications|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Extended Project||In combination with other qualifications|
|HNC (BTEC)||P - D|
|HND (BTEC)||P - M|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||MMM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||DD|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||In combination with other qualifications|
|AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh)||In combination with other qualifications|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh)||In combination with other qualifications|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)||DD|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh)||MMM||In combination with other qualifications|
• Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6) We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. • Level 5 (year 2) entry To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area. • Level 6 (year 3) entry To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.
Additional entry requirements
Portfolio viewing required
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each individual component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||80 overall with a minimum 19 in each individual component.|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
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