Ravensbourne University London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Ravensbourne


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Course summary

Animation is communication through movement and narrative and this degree will help you to build your practice and apply your animation skills to a broad range of careers. During the course students will acquire the technical skills and insight to succeed in a career in 2D and 3D animation. It will encourage students to think on their feet and respond to live and self-initiated briefs. Students on the course have access to industry-standard software and will produce an assessed portfolio of work. This course encourages you to think on your feet and respond to live and self-initiated briefs to solve creative problems. Our students are adaptive thinkers who understand how animation can collaborate with other disciplines to form engaging ideas and stories. We use a mix of practice and theory-based learning, including, seminars, workshops, industry masterclasses, individual tutorials and self-directed study. You will explore the medium using industry standard software and will produce an assessed portfolio of creative and professional work Students are introduced to a range of animation practices. These range from conceptualisation, digital development skills and asset creation to character animation techniques, scripting, storytelling techniques and life drawing. It also includes physical prototyping, communication and presentation, research and idea development. Key study topics include:

  • Contemporary culture
  • Animation fundamentals
  • Modelling to camera
  • Human and creature mechanic
  • Visual narrative
  • Big ideas and philosophies
  • Character modelling and rigging
  • Animation industry

Course details


Level 4 Themes in Contemporary Culture Animation Fundamentals Modelling to Camera Human and Creature Mechanic Visual Narrative Level 5 Big Ideas and Philosophies Character Modelling and Rigging Animation Performance The Animation Industry Elective: Character Development Elective: Animated Characters Cross-Institution Elective Level 6 Dissertation Portfolio Final Major Project

Assessment method

Students will have 2 main assessment points each term, on each level. Formative Assessment. To take place half way in to the academic term. This is a key stage for each student to know how they are progressing with their work. This usually entails a one to one tutorial between tutor and student, to discuss the work achieved so far and to make sure the student understands what is required from them to complete the unit successfully. Summative Assessment. This is the final grading of the final submission handed in by the student. The work is marked by the tutor/s alone and the feedback is compiled and graded within three weeks of submission and returned to the student. The above assessments can be conducted in a number of formats.

  • One to one, in which feedback can be voice recorded and uploaded for the student.
  • Students can take notes, or ask other students to attend and offer peer to peer feedback.
  • Students may present in groups to the cohort, or directly to industry in a classroom setting, depending if the unit is a group project or not.
Other assessment methods may include:-
  • Personal tutorials conducted at each level.
  • Evaluating research and project development through online resources and tutorials, especially in Level 6 when students are more independent and the work is specific to individuals.
  • Students have also had to pitch their ideas to industry both remotely and on site.
- Students also have the opportunities to discuss and share their work and feedback, in review sessions after they have received their feedback back to the entire cohort.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Students will also be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C/4 or above) or equivalent (including English) .

Additional entry requirements


Please see our website for advice on how to prepare your portfolio and sketchbook or showreel : - https://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/your-interview-and-portfolio/


You will be invited to a friendly online interview which you must pass in order to successfully gain entry to this programme.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5IELTS 5.5 overall with 5.5 in each subtest.
TOEFL (iBT)72TOEFL IBT with 72 points overall including minimum Reading 18, Listening 17, Speaking 20, Writing 17
PTE Academic42PTE Academic or SELT: 42 overall with minimum 42 in each subtest.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College London - B2 SELT ISE II. Pass Overall with Pass in each component.

Please view our website for full English Language requirements and options. If you have any questions please email [email protected]

Ravensbourne English Language Requirements


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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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £16500 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

*All fees shown are correct for 2021/22 academic year and are subject to change.
Animation at Ravensbourne University London - UCAS