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Course summary

Overview Visual communication and entertainment have become a dominant force in the last 20 years, with animation at their core. Animators are in demand across a range of creative industries including television, film, web, computer games, education, and marketing. With our Animation degree course, you'll gain the sought-after technical skills, artistic insight, and platform diversity to apply your talent to any form of visual arts, media, or communication. You'll develop advanced abilities in character animation, visual storytelling, compositing and editing, and learn from active industry professionals who’ve directed animations for Disney, Warner Bros., and Cartoon Network, and produced special effects for prominent film franchises like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Chronicles of Narnia. At the end of the course, you’ll be primed for a successful career in 2D or 3D animation across multiple industries. Course highlights

  • Practise the techniques that animators use in the film industry, such as the performance capture process used in the film Avatar
  • Learn industry-standard software and production methods and use professional animation equipment including Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk Maya, TV Paint, and Wacom Cintiq digital drawing displays
  • Meet prospective employers and industry contacts by showcasing your work at our student screening in London
  • Gain valuable industry experience and knowledge by taking an optional placement year – either with a company or as self-employed
  • Demonstrate your technical proficiency to industry peers by earning Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) accreditation
  • Impress the public and potential employers by showcasing your final-year work at our annual Graduate Shows
  • Put your artistry and skills to prize-winning test by taking part in our annual University GameJam
Accreditation This Animation degree course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Services), a group of industry professionals and employers. The JAMES accreditation lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the animation industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs. JAMES reviews our accreditation every 3 years to make sure the Animation course content remains up-to-date with industry trends and developments. So you’ll always be learning skills relevant to your career. Careers and opportunities The UK’s animation industry creates pioneering content and visual effects worldwide for commercials, websites, games, and interactive technologies. Animations for events, concerts, theatre performances, and theme parks are also on the rise (Animation UK). With the rapid development of future technologies such as virtual, mixed, and augmented reality, animation continues to be a growing sector of the global media and entertainment market. Upon completing our Animation degree course, you can be part of this vital industry that transcends all sectors. Graduate roles Our graduates have worked in a wide range of artistic roles, including:
  • animators
  • concept artists
  • directors
  • compositors
  • creative directors
  • art directors
  • modellers
  • user interface (UI) designers
  • post-production technical directors
Graduate destinations Our graduates have worked at renowned companies such as:
  • Climax
  • Framestore
  • The Mill
  • Sony Pictures Animation
  • Kuju Games
  • Centroid 3d in Pinewood Studios
  • Cartoon Network
Graduate productions Some of our alumni have worked on high-profile feature films and cartoons, including:
  • Avatar
  • Life of Pi
  • Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland
  • The Amazing World of Gumball
After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Introduction to 2D Animation
  • Introduction to 3D Animation
  • Introduction to Visual Research for Animation
  • Modelling for Animation & Vfx
  • Narrative
  • Signs and Meaning in Animation
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Animation Group Project: Introduction
  • Animation Group Project: Production
  • Experimental Animation
  • History and Theory of Animation
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Creative Technologies Study Exchange
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Intermediate 2D Animation
  • Intermediate 3D Animation
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Professional Experience
  • Real-Time Animation and Vfx Project
  • Sound and Visualisation
  • Student Enterprise
  • Visual Effects
Placement year (optional): On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Employment Preparation
  • Major Project: Part 1
  • Major Project: Part 2
  • Written Project
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Advanced 2D Animation
  • Advanced 3D Animation
  • Advanced Pre-Production Methods
  • Advanced Visual Effects
  • Intermediate Visual Effects
  • Motion Capture Applications
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through animation design projects, a showreel and portfolio, written coursework (one module per year) and a dissertation. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows: [Year 1 students]: 100% by coursework; [Year 2 students]: 17% by practical exams and 83% by coursework; [Year 3 students]: 17% by practical exams and 83% by coursework.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Joint Audio Media Education Services

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

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Entry requirements

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All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of work.


All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of work.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
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
International £18800 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 | EU – £925 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,000. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Animation at University of Portsmouth - UCAS