Leeds Arts University has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
Our BA (Hons) Animation is a focussed course aimed at students interested in becoming a professional animator who can work across animated film, TV and related industries. You will work alongside other committed students who are collectively interested in animation production. On this intensive course students will learn practical and technical skills across a range of traditional and digital animation practice. This is developed through practical investigation of the animation production cycle including narrative production, worldbuilding, character development, storyboarding, background/layout and animation. A rigorous introduction will help you to understand how to work across traditional and digital media including 2D, 3D CG and stop motion animation, helping you to develop a focused skillset to prepare you for the animation industry or postgraduate study. We encourage collaboration both at course level and across the University, including live briefs and international competitions, helping you to focus on developing your specialist practice within animation. Opportunities for work experience, studio visits and attending festivals are supported. The course also has visiting professionals who give insight into career development and industry practices. Previous visiting professionals have included animators, scriptwriters, producers and directors from companies such as CBBC, Aardman Animation, Mackinnon and Saunders, Cartoon Network and Golden Wolf. Through these you’ll learn to generate your own networking, collaboration and career opportunities, and how to find work and clients when you graduate.
Year One — You’ll develop an understanding of the principles of animation and explore the pipelines involved in animation from the beginning to the end of the production process. This will include, narrative development, character design, background, layout and animation practice across different media. You will be introduced to animation software and have inductions into specialist 3D modelmaking workshops. You’ll consider the practical, conceptual and theoretical concerns of animation and develop an awareness of the opportunities and pathways open to you as an animator. Year Two — You’ll identify and develop your own specialist practice through briefs and self-identified projects. As you progress through the year you will focus your energies on pre-production, animation or post-production techniques in 2D, 3D digital or 3D stop frame animation. Competitions, live briefs and collaboration on industrially relevant projects will help you to learn essential communication, professional and entrepreneurial skills. Year Three — You’ll focus on your own creative ambitions and develop a strategy for becoming a professional animator. You’ll negotiate your own project work and take part in competitions, collaborate with others, attend conferences and meet visiting professionals. The focus of year three is on building a portfolio which reflects your individual specialist practice and demonstrates the skills that you have to offer.
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:
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Our undergraduate minimum requirements are: • 112 UCAS points from any combination of A Levels/ Extended Diploma/ Foundation Diploma. One qualification should be in a relevant subject. • BBC from 3 A Levels. • A minimum of Distinction and 2 Merits (DMM) from an Extended Diploma or a Merit from a UAL Extended Diploma. • 112 UCAS points from a recognised Access to Higher Education course specialising in art and design with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3. • All home applicants aged under 21 must have GCSE English at grade C/grade 4 or above, or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. EU applicants must have a recognised equivalent, and international students must have a minimum IELTS overall score of 5.5, with no individual component below 5.5. English You’ll need to have passed GCSE English Language or English Literature at grade C/grade 4 or above, or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. For mature students, an Access to Higher Education qualification in art and design will also be acceptable to demonstrate English language ability. For mature students who are unable to provide formal evidence of an appropriate standard of English, the University may request completion of its own English proficiency test. Foundation Diploma If you’re studying an accredited Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, you’ll need a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points. This is collated from the Foundation Diploma plus your A level or Extended Diploma results. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 or above in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above), or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. Extended Diploma You’ll need a minimum of 1 Distinction and 2 Merits (DMM) from an Extended Diploma in a relevant subject or an overall Merit from a UAL Extended Diploma. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above), or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. A-levels You’ll need 112 tariff points from your A level studies, typical grades required are BBC. One qualification should be in an art and design or related subject. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above), or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. Access to Higher Education You’ll need to have passed a recognised Access to Higher Education course specialising in art and design with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3. A combination of pass, merit and distinction to total 112 tariff points. Scottish Higher Leeds Arts University welcomes applicants with the BTEC/Scottish Higher National Certificate (HNC). Please contact the university to confirm the specific entry requirements for your chosen course.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.