Animation at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS

Course summary

Bring your creations to life with this exciting Foundation degree. You will study both traditional and digital methods to produce animation for film, TV, computer games, screen media and interactive applications - catapulting your creative career to success. Master the illusion of movement with this animation programme. You will study at the impressive Quarry Hill campus, where cutting-edge computer suites and fantastic facilities really allow you to unleash your creativity. You will explore 2D and 3D animation and modelling - developing concepts into tangible wire-frames, digital imagery, and character and prop models. You will also produce a professional portfolio to showcase your work. You will learn a range of animation skills and techniques including stop frame, motion capture, analogue and digital techniques and learn how to work in a professional animation studio. You will work on major projects and live briefs with employers to help you to develop industry standard working practices. The course is focussed on developing your practical skills, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to use industry-standard hardware and software to create your own film sequences. You will apply a range of animation techniques to different contexts such as video games, giving you an edge once you enter the industry.


Our modules focus on skills development and may include: Our modules focus on skills development and may include: Year 1 (Level 4) 2D & 3D Techniques (20 credits): In this module you will develop your skills in a range of fundamental 2D and 3D animation techniques, and use industry standard software. Pre-Production Techniques (20 credits): This module will develop your pre-production techniques including storyboarding, concept art and character design. The Creative Professional (20 credits): This module will introduce you to professional practice and working in the creative industries. Commercial Practice (20 credits): In this module you will explore a range of commercial outlets for your practice, and introduce freelance working practices. Motion Techniques (20 credits): In this module you will explore analogue and digital motion techniques. Animation in Context (20 credits): This module will introduce you to key theories and principles throughout the history of animation. Year 2 (Level 5) Live Brief (40 credits): Here you will work with a client to produce a project in response to a live brief. You will receive developmental feedback on your work from animation professionals throughout this module. Collaboration (20 credits): Collaboration is increasingly important in animation as you will work with a wide variety of creatives to deliver projects. This module provides the opportunity to collaborate with creatives from another discipline. Contemporary Issues in Animation (20 credits): In this module you will explore the issues and debates that surround your personal animation practice. Personal Project (20 credits): This module provides the opportunity for you to develop and produce a creative animation project. Hybrid Techniques (20 credits): In this module you will experiment combining a range of analogue, digital and VFX which is increasingly used in contemporary animation.

Assessment method

Assessments will be carried out through: Practical performed assessments Workshop learning Student and tutor-led sessions Personal and professional action planning, with a focus on tutor and peer-led reflective feedback

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We accept International applications subject to our sponsor licence application being approved.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. University Centre Leeds welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application. *21 years and over at the start of the course The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)

Additional entry requirements


A successful interview and portfolio review will be required.


A successful interview and portfolio review will be required.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8745 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8745 Year 1
Scotland £8745 Year 1
Wales £8745 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8745 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year. Additional costs may include: - Materials for specific projects - Optional trips or excursions including work experience opportunities

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Animation at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS