Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Teesside University

Computer Character Animation

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Course summary

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Summary: If you have a passion for designing and animating computer characters seen in film, advertising or games then this is the course for you. Character animation involves creating the illusion of thought and emotion through a character’s physical actions. Without this the humour, eccentricity, energy, sadness or fear in a character wouldn’t be communicated. Course details: We place great importance on your drawing skills, observation and the principles of animation. You are also taught acting theory and body language as applied to animated characters. We develop your creative talent so you can also design, model and rig your own characters prior to making them move. You learn using traditional character animation techniques as well as the latest state-of-the-art production tools. Disciplines covered in the course include: drawing and concept art, 2D and 3D character animation, character design and modelling, acting for animation, script writing and storytelling and professional portfolio development. After the course: You are ideally suited to a career in the animation, visual effects or games industry. Graduates from our computer animation degrees have gone on to enjoy careers with a wide range of companies including Double Negative, Moving Picture Company, Glassworks, Cinesite, Passion Pictures, DreamWorks, Pixar and Framestore.

Course details

Assessment method

Each module is taught through a series of lectures and tutorials. Lectures provide you with specific theoretical information related to the subject, while tutorials focus on developing skills and working on assessments. Tutorials are also used for feedback and advice from tutors. Further support is offered online in the form of extra learning material where necessary. You have the opportunity to attend keynote lectures from industry speakers. There are feedback sessions where you can meet with students from all years and demonstrate work-in-progress. In your final year, you work in teams to create and market a short animated film. These films are submitted to international film festivals and many have achieved award-winning success. Assessment for most modules is in the form of practical projects, which you work on throughout the year. You develop a portfolio of design, character animation, modelling and visual effects. In the final year you specialise in your chosen field through the production of two key pieces of work. The final year project allows you to create your own brief based on your skills and interests. In the Group Animation module you work with other students to develop essential team working skills to prepare you for employment.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants will normally be asked to submit a portfolio which should demonstrate basic skills in drawing and visual invention. Portfolios may be submitted by email or brought to an applicant experience day.

Additional entry requirements


Portfolios are accepted by email or may be brought to an applicant experience day. Applicants offered a place are invited to an applicant experience day to meet teaching staff, take a facilities tour, learn more about the course, and experience being a university student at an interactive workshop.

Unistats information

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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
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Find out more about fees and funding if you are from the UK/EU here: tees.ac.uk/fees, or if you are an international student here: tees.ac.uk/international/fees. If you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man contact your education office: gov.uk/student-finance.
Computer Character Animation at Teesside University, Middlesbrough - UCAS