On our much-admired Animation and Illustration course we’ll give you both the guidance and the independence you need to express your artistic vision with confidence and quality. We combine the best of digital with the best of handmade animation, ensuring that you’ll leave the course with an excellent portfolio that demonstrates the widest range of skills. Your portfolio will feature your own animated short film, your responses to commercial briefs, character and concept designs, storyboards and illustration work. Each year, you’ll learn skills that build on your previous learning, with a course structure that encourages your artistic independence while covering the broadest range of animation techniques. You’ll develop a visual language through illustration workshops and apply this to your animation work, finding your own balance between the two complementary disciplines. Everything will be geared for you to produce the quality and originality of work to mark you out in a crowded and vibrant industry. If you would benefit from an extra year of study or if you don’t have the entry requirements for the BA course, you can study this course as an ‘extended’, four-year programme. In your first year, you’ll take a foundation year that prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree.
Foundation: Art & Design Studio (core) Art & Design Workshop (core) Contextual Studies (core) Year 1: Animation and Illustration Studio Practice 1 (core) Animation and Illustration Workshop Practice (core) Contextual studies 1: Visual Culture (core) Year 2: Animation and Illustration Studio Practice 2 (core) Professional Practice 1 (core) Contextual studies 2: Approaches to Visual Culture Year 3: Animation and Illustration Studio Practice 3 (core) Professional Practice 2 (core) Contextual studies 3: Themes in Contemporary Theory and Practice (option) Art & Design Dissertation (option)
You’ll have continuous group crits, one-to-one tutorials and feedback that will help you to reflect and improve. There’ll also be a mid-year review, giving you a predicted grade. At the end of each year you’ll hand in your finished pieces and a research folder showing drawings, notes and other supporting work for grading and feedback.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
For detailed information on entry requirements for our courses, please see the individual course pages. We consider a range of UK and worldwide qualifications at the appropriate level and also take relevant work experience into account when considering an application. Many courses have a Foundation Year option for those students whose qualifications do not meet the BA or BSc entry requirements. Applicants should have, or be working towards, grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent Level 2 qualification such as Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics or Key Skills Level 2 in Application of Number and Communication) Entry requirements are intended only as a guide for applicants. They are not a guarantee of an offer, nor of the conditions that may apply. When making a decision on your academic suitability, we will make an assessment of you as an individual and will use information other than qualifications; which may include predicted grades, performance at Level 2, relevant work experience, previous study at degree level, personal statement, references and any portfolio, written test or interview, to make our decision. If you have any questions, please contact a member of our Applicant Relations Team from Monday to Friday (9am–5pm) on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email [email protected]
Additional entry requirements
Applicants are required to attend an interview for discussion of their portfolio of work.
Your portfolio should contain between three and five projects that you have undertaken in the areas of drawing, print, graphic art or illustration. It should be between ten and fifteen sheets in length and should not exceed A1 in size. The portfolio should show evidence of observational drawing, the development of an idea through to a completed illustration, and techniques and processes that you have worked with. We are particularly interested in seeing your sketchbooks / journals to see how you develop your ideas. At interview you should be prepared to discuss your work, ideas and ambitions. You should also be able to discuss graphic artists, illustrators or animators who influence you.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|