Animation at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

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Course summary

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  • Work across a variety of forms including 2D drawn and digital-based animation, stop motion and 3D CGI animation.
  • Specialise in your preferred animation discipline for your major project film.
  • Produce a portfolio of project work to showcase your skills to potential employers.
  • Learn a broad range of techniques and theoretical knowledge underpinning the form, including storyboarding, life drawing and concept art with this practical animation course. You graduate with the experience to enter the animation industry, or in a wide range of other creative sectors.
How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. At every level of the course, you will have the opportunity to engage with live projects set by Animation studios in collaboration with professionals. You can apply to access placements, volunteering opportunities, workshops on professional skills, internships, and work experience engaging with the employability team. Our lecturers are passionate about what they do and are involved in current research and personal practice. This means you may have the opportunity to engage with, and apply, research-based knowledge to real-world projects, making you stand out to employers. Some of the course briefs are designed and delivered in collaboration with industry. We provide relevant learning opportunities for students to thrive in creative industries. Throughout the course you will experience a range of teaching methods, from specialist workshops in bespoke studios, to lectures and seminars, individual tutorials, and group work. You will be able to develop your own area of interest and specialise in your preferred animation discipline for your major project piece (including 2D drawn, stop motion or 3D CGI animation). You learn through:
  • coursework
  • portfolios
  • projects
  • written reports
  • peer critique groups
Applied learning You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. Live projects You will work on industry briefs in collaboration with Animation Studios and learn to respond to clients’ feedback. Field trips We tend to engage yearly with the Manchester Animation Festival providing individual tickets to all students at no additional cost. We also provide other opportunities to engage with other film festivals such as Aesthetica in York as well as the Children’s Media Conference, and Doc Fest. *Networking opportunities *We arrange animation seminars and guest lectures by industry experts. Our industry links include Double Negative, Frame Store, MacKinnon and Saunders, Cartoon Saloon, Finger Industries, Flickermill, Grizzle, Jellyfish Animation, and Kerrupt Animation. Competitions In your third year you will have the opportunity to submit your work for the Nick Park Award, an annual competition exclusive to Sheffield Hallam students which is judged by the team at Aardman Animation. You may also have the chance to enter other prestigious competitions, such as the annual Royal Television Society Yorkshire Student Television awards, where our students have won multiple prizes.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. Important notice: The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules 2D Animation Foundation Animation Analysis Cgi Animation Foundation Creative Challenges Drawing For Animation Stop Motion Animation Foundation Year 2 Compulsory modules Level 5 Live Industry Project Showreel Project Visual Storytelling Year 3 Optional modules Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules Dissertation Major Animation Project Elective modules Life Drawing Professional Design Project Sound Design And Sonic Arts Practice Visual Effects Project

Assessment method

Coursework, Practical

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

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

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Additional entry requirements


If your application is successful, you will be invited to submit a portfolio of work to demonstrate your ability.


Please note that this information is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language you, will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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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
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Animation at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS