University of Huddersfield

Degree level: Undergraduate

Graphic Design and Animation

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Course summary

In this digital age, Animation and Graphic Design go hand in hand. From film and advertising to websites and social media, these disciplines co-exist across different media channels including digital, print and moving image. On this course you will:

  • Explore a range of processes including: film editing, photography, 3D modelling, motion graphics, creative coding, typography, branding and user-experience design.
  • Be part of our unique studio culture that encourages you to collaborate with students from other disciplines including artists, photographers and designers across the school; we call this transdisciplinary teaching.
  • Experiment to see what’s possible, so we encourage you to try new things and take risks. You’ll also use industry standard software and build your knowledge of professional design processes, including an opportunity to attain Adobe Accreditation.
Our approach closely aligns itself with creative industry practices, it also encourages innovation through collaboration, which will enhance your prospects when applying for an optional industry placement. The ambitions and ethos of this course are championed by our students, staff, graduates and industry partners. It’s vital that you understand how Graphic Design, both static and animated, works in the wider world, so we work with a range of communication theories and diverse guest speakers, giving you the chance to understand the factors shaping the future of Graphic Design. My time at the University of Huddersfield has been amazing, with my final year being such a great experience. The support from tutors as well as the facilities on campus have allowed me to develop and refine my final major project into the best piece I have created so far. ~ Angela Jones, Graphic Design and Animation BA(Hons), 2019 graduate. Professional links and accreditation: During this course you can benefit from the opportunity to gain the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) ( accreditation in addition to your degree, at no extra cost. This is a globally recognised accreditation awarded by one of the leading software package providers to the creative industries, so could be valuable in your professional career. This accreditation is attractive to a number of employers and so it could give you a competitive edge in the job market. To be awarded the ACA accreditation, you’ll need to pass an online test. Additional Costs: You will need to cover the cost of printing your work during the course. You’ll also need to supply your own materials, which may include sketchbooks, pens, specialist papers, sculpting materials and specialist tools. The approximate cost of these items in recent years has been £100 in the first year, £200 in the second year and £200 to £500 in the final year. We also recommend that you purchase a hard-drive in order to back up your work throughout the course.

Course details


Year 1 Core modules: Foundation Studio Practice Process and Production 1 Theory as Practice 1 Year 2 Core modules: Intermediate Studio Practice Process and Production 2 Theory as Practice 2 Year 3 - optional placement year Final Year Core modules: Advanced Studio Practice Research and Development Theory as Practice 3

Assessment method

Assessment includes portfolio exhibition, reports, essays, presentations and case study analysis. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

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

Pass in Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design combined with A Level or BTEC qualifications, to total an equivalent of 120 UCAS tariff points. As a centre of creative excellence, we look forward to hearing about your own creative experiments and ambitions through a discussion of your portfolio at interview. Read our guidance on developing your portfolio and what to expect from your interview -!/?modal=art If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages - Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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Additional entry requirements



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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £15000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance - If you are an EU or International student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available - Please email the Student Finance Office ([email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

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