Kingston University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Illustration Animation

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Course summary

Reasons to choose Kingston – Kingston is ranked No.1 in the UK for design and crafts (Guardian University League tables 2021), which covers illustration and animation. – 90 per cent of students from this course were in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2018/19). – This course produces top graduates who go on to work at the best creative agencies and companies globally, such as Cartoon Network, Nexus, Netflix, Nickelodeon, Blink, Moth Studio and Google. About this course This course combines illustration and animation, leading to wide ranging opportunities and a cross- pollination of ideas and skills. You’ll be taught critical thinking, drawing, animation, digital crafts, storytelling methods and presentation techniques. The course encourages you to learn through making. You’ll have access to all our newly refurbished, industry-standard workshops, enabling you to test and prototype in many combinations. Group and individual assignments will develop your skills in all forms of applied image making. You’ll learn to create and apply content to images to reach diverse audiences. Live projects will develop your understanding of real-world situations. Staff practitioners and alumni networks offer insight and contacts with international creative practice, including optional study visits and placements.

Course details


Examples of modules: Please note that is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Year 1:

  • Introductory Principles
  • Working Methods
  • Research Recording and Presentation
  • Image & Text - Communication Design History for Illustration and Animation
Year 2:
  • Process and Purpose
  • Illustration Studio OR Animation Studio
  • Context and Presentation
  • Critical Issues in Illustration and Animation: Research and Practice
Year 3:
  • Practice and Realisation
  • Professional Practice and Presentation
- Dissertation: Research and Reflection

Assessment method

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation).

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £9250* Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change as we are awaiting the Office For Student Guidance on Fee levels for 2021 and beyond. For international fees, please visit: Please visit the provider course webpage for further information regarding additional course costs
Illustration Animation at Kingston University - UCAS