Explore animation in all its forms, led by industry-oriented tutors in a state-of-the-art design facility. Acquire a wide range of techniques and technical skills to express your ideas and realise your ambitions. Gain experience in various kinds of animation, from moving image and sound to experimental and interactive approaches. Specialise in a specific area of focus and create a final project that supports your future career ambitions. The possibilities for animation have exploded in recent years and this course provides you with the skills to work across a range of existing and emerging sectors such as games development, visual effects (VFX) and film and media production. You’ll start with the fundamentals of animation, then go on to explore various approaches in animation and learn to use a range of different platforms and technologies. You'll learn how to tell stories through animation, and have the opportunity to work on real client-led projects and factual/documentary briefs. Over the three years, you’ll develop the advanced skills you need to become an exciting animator with a unique voice. BA Animation is located in our recently redeveloped, state-of-the-art Locksbrook Campus. The Foundation Year Develop your ideas, skills and confidence during this Foundation course, in readiness for your chosen degree course. Begin with a fast-paced introduction to experimentation and play as forms of investigation through active drawing, observation, making and recording. You'll continue your enquiries into materials, processes and concepts, and select media, materials and technologies to create personal solutions in response to course briefs. Finally, you'll specialise in your chosen discipline. You'll prepare and define objectives for a major personal project, assess your own work in relation to that of others, visually investigate and improve your preliminary ideas, and successfully oversee your major personal project from beginning to end.
The integrated foundation is an opportunity to develop your ideas, skills and confidence. You will begin with a fast-paced introduction to experimentation and play as forms of investigation through active drawing, observation, making and recording. You'll continue your enquiries into materials, processes and concepts, and select media, materials and technologies to create personal solutions in response to course briefs. Finally, you'll specialise in your chosen discipline. You'll prepare and define objectives for a major personal project, assess your own work in relation to that of others, visually investigate and improve your preliminary ideas, and successfully oversee your major personal project from beginning to end. In the second year (first year of the BA Hons), you'll be introduced to visual research methods and animation principles, including image making, stop frame and drawing, and experiment with mark making and intuitive approaches to movement. You'll work with non-narrative and more formal approaches, incorporating storyboarding and film direction/staging/structuring considerations, followed by digital methods of visualisation. You'll also be introduced to 2D and 3D digital approaches to movement and character design, and you’ll explore the use of sound and the relationship between sound and image. Year three - In the second year of the BA, you’ll continue to expand your technical and digital skills, and your conceptual knowledge and skills in all aspects of animation. You’ll develop narrative and non-narrative ideas as you work, focusing your interests in an animation documentary/short film. Final Year - We’ll help you as you use your own creativity, knowledge and practical skills to successfully realise collaborative and interdisciplinary animation projects. You’ll work to a client-led brief, consolidating your experiences, expertise and professional practice into a major project and showreel.
The animation course is entirely assessed by project and coursework such as animation tasks, short films, interactive stories and web apps. Project work is supported by contextual essays, reflective commentaries, sketchbooks, reports, pitches, presentations, debates and b/vlogs. In a ‘workshop’ setting with tutors and your fellow designers, you'll learn to see your work objectively and to think clearly about the different strategies you might adopt. You'll learn from each other’s mistakes and successes, as well as your own. You'll be urged to take risks and experiment to find your own unique point of view.
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Applicants will be invited to bring a portfolio of creative work to interview, demonstrating their experience and interests. More details will be supplied to applicants upon invitation to interview.
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|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|