Animation and Visual Effects at University of Cumbria - UCAS

Course summary

This visual effects degree is built around core principles of inclusivity, storytelling and studio practice to enable engagement with an exciting, dynamic industry. With a vocational focus, our BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects is centred around developing industry skill set and technique, exploring research-informed creative industry practice, critical thinking, and graduate employability. COURSE OVERVIEW On this course, you will gain practical experience of industrial workflows and methodologies as they relate to animation and visual effects. You will be shown the skills required to undertake self-directed research for the continued development of animation skills and for life-long learning should you choose to pursue postgraduate study after your degree. Designed to build competency in the first level, specialisation in the second, and independence in the third, this animation and visual effects course will enable you to gain a job in animation or progress to further study. The programme ensures you are fully prepared for the rapidly changing social and technological contexts in which you will work. A vital part of this is to equip you to make informed choices in your creative use of digital technology, in your professional practice, eventual careers in animation and VFX, and as lifelong, independent and interdependent learners. ON THIS COURSE YOU WILL

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of current professional production practices and technologies in the animation and visual effects industry, and a critical perspective that puts you in a position to shape the future of the creative industries.
  • Develop nascent interests, technical knowledge and skill set in animation and VFX, to a level that is consistent with a graduate profile of an emerging professional in the creative industries, or that will facilitate postgraduate study.
  • Leave with a portfolio of work from your VFX course, demonstrating technical proficiency, specialism, and skill set in computer animation and visual effects.
  • Have access to workshop and studio spaces for traditional animation production and physical, on-set and location production that require specific resources such as rostra and lighting.
  • Benefit from guest speakers and workshops, which offer added value to your learning experience, where you can share your work with professionals through workshop activities and screenings.
  • Gain experience in live brief and external work – engagement with enhanced professional experiences sometimes external to course and module delivery.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN You'll be encouraged to engage and respond to assessment briefs and other tasks, at every step of your academic journey, both critically and creatively. At Level 4, the focus is on personal development skills, knowledge, and understanding. Level 5 has a focus on professional development skills, building confidence in practice, in line with industry and employer expectations. At Level 6 there is an increasingly tailored and personalised approach to learning, with a focus on employability and enterprise and graduate goals. The course develops high-level, visual effects artists who have analytical, interpretative, written, and oral communication skills, and will embed project-management, research skills, team-working, leadership, and independent working, into a professional portfolio that you will be proud of. Year 1
  • Animation and VFX Piplines
  • Digital Narrative and Concept
  • Virtual Stagecraft
  • Cultural Contexts
  • Collaborative Practice
Year 2
  • Script, Storyboard & Previs
  • Experimental Narrative & Concept
  • Animation and VFX Cinematography
  • Shot to Screen
  • Professional Development
Year 3
  • Research Brief
  • Production Review
  • Professional Studio Project
  • Festivals & Exhibition

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £13250 Year 1
International £13250 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 .

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Animation and Visual Effects at University of Cumbria - UCAS