Computer Animation Arts

University for the Creative Arts

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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With a focus on art and design, BA (Hons) Computer Animation Arts will allow you to bring characters and worlds to life and explore your imagination through digital animation. Emphasis is on production design and you’ll graduate as a skilled artist in both design for animation and CG production, a proficient user of industry relevant programs and software as well as traditional drawing skills. We’ll train you to become proficient in programs such as Autodesk Maya and the Adobe Creative Suite, helping you develop a well-rounded skillset highly sought after by employers in the animation industry and associated creative sectors. Driven by the world’s seemingly limitless demands for creative and original CG content, this course is accredited by Creative Skillset, giving you an outstanding launchpad for an exciting career in this rapidly evolving industry. In your final year, you’ll be able to focus on a specific specialist pathway, such as ​character and environment design and animation, or work toward developing and directing your own animated short using all the tools you’ve learned and skills you’ve honed in the previous two years. Drawing, both digital and analogue, is fundamental to this course, with weekly life-drawing classes and drawing-based pre-production a pre-requisite of all projects in every year. In addition to weekly taught classes, student software training is supported by a course website containing over 200 bespoke online video tutorials, available 24/7 and updated constantly to reflect industry practices and changes in professional software packages. You’ll have open access to ​more than 50 industry-standard computers (both PC & Mac platforms) containing professional software, including Autodesk Maya, Mudbox, and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, Animate, Audition, and Illustrator). Graduates of Computer Animation Arts leave UCA equipped with an array of transferable skills, helping them to secure careers with big industry names such as Industrial Light and Magic, Double Negative, Framestore, Glassworks, and Blue Zoo. Similar courses we offer: Animation (3 year) - UCA Farnham Animation (4 year) - UCA Farnham Illustration & Animation - UCA Canterbury

Course details

Modules

In Year 1 you'll explore drawing, animation and character, and learning how to use Autodesk Maya and supporting software. You'll investigate ways in which space can be represented dynamically through the development and production of original concept art and an original digital set. You'll also develop a complete computer generated animation and explore how we receive information about the world in which we live. In Year 2 the focus is on finding your own specialist way of working and you’ll be encouraged and supported to start working more independently. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad.. In Year 3 you’ll execute a creatively and technically sophisticated project. We'll require you to demonstrate innovative and sophisticated approaches to CGI and animation, supported by an advanced creative methodology.You'll also undertake a dissertation.


How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW281
Institution code C93
Campus nameRochester
Campus codeR

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information

The majority of our courses require a portfolio and we consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades. This means that whilst we have a standard entry criteria of 112 UCAS tariff points (64 UCAS points for 4 year courses) and a minimum of four GCSE passes (or equivalent) at grade A*-C and/or 4-9 including English, this should be used as a guide to what we accept. The average tariff that our students achieve is significantly higher than this standard entry criteria but we also occasionally make offers which are lower to students with a strong portfolio, and those who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We welcome applicants who are currently studying or have completed A-Levels, Extended Diplomas (BTEC and UAL), Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Access to Higher Education, Scottish Highers, and IB Diploma. We will consider other Level 3 qualifications on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of Level 3 qualifications. You can also check how many tariff points you have achieved using the UCAS Tariff calculator: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.uca.ac.uk


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Listening 5.5, Reading 5.5, Speaking 5.5, Writing 5.5

We require evidence of your English language ability to meet the requirements for your course. If you're a Home student and studied in the UK, we require GCSE English at a minimum grade C/4 (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2). If you’re an EU student and studied a European qualification, we may accept the English Language score from your main qualification - please review your country from the list on our website to see whether we will accept it: https://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/equivalent-qualifications/ If your qualification is not on this list, we accept the following English language qualifications: IELTS (overall score 6.0), TOEFL ibt (overall score 88), PEARSON PTE Academic (overall 55), Cambridge Proficiency Exam (overall score 169), Cambridge Advanced Exam (overall score 169). If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you will need to take an IELTS test, and achieve an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 for each element (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing).

For more information on English Language Requirements, please visit our website:

https://www.uca.ac.uk/International-study/language-requirements-support/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £16250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note the International Fee will reduce to £15,600 if paid in one instalment prior to enrolment.
Computer Animation Arts at University for the Creative Arts - UCAS