Animation (with Foundation Year) at University of East London - UCAS

Course summary

Study animation at UEL and learn from award winning specialist tutors and animators working in industry. On our student centred course, you learn your craft in practical teaching sessions, learning to use both core artistic skills and state of the art technology to tell your own stories. You are encouraged to develop originality, beginning with the traditional foundations of animation and ending with a fully realised graduation film. Tutors working in industry help you to prepare for your creative working life after graduation, so that your three years with us is the beginning of a life-long career doing something you love. You can also take this course with a foundation year (FY), which means you it will take you four years to complete the course full-time, and eight years to complete the course part-time.


Foundation Year: Professional Life (Mental Wealth), Art & Design Workshops, Processes and Skills (Core), Art & Design Studio Practice and Portfolio (Core), Art & Design Specialist Workshops, Processes and Skills (Core), Art & Design Specialist Studio Practice and Portfolio (Core), Art & Design Contextual Studies (Core) Year 1: Story and Editing (Core), Character Design and Sound Design (Core), Animation Principles 1 (Core), Animation Principles 2 (Core), Professional Practice 1 (Core), Mental Wealth: Agency 1 (Core) Year 2: Animated Documentary Pre-production (Core), Animated Documentary Production (Core), ​​​​​​​Animated Fillers/Stings Pre-production (Core), ​​​​​​​Animated Fillers/Stings Production (Core), Professional Practice 2 (Core), Mental Wealth: Professional life: Agency 2 (Core) Year 3: Final Major Project (FMP)- Pre-production (Core), Final Major Project (FMP)- Production 1 (Core), Final Major Project (FMP)- Production 2 (Core), Final Major Project (FMP)- Post-Production (Core), Professional Practice 3 (Core), Mental Wealth: Professional Life: Agency 3 - Freelancing at UEL Creatives (Core) For more information about individual modules, please visit our course pages via the link below.

Assessment method

Coursework will focus on practical outcomes from projects and exercises, e.g. films, clips, pre-production artefacts, occasional individual or group-based presentations and research-based assignments. We do not have timed practicals or exams. The approximate percentages for this course are: 100% coursework 0% practical 0% exams Feedback is a feature of most teaching sessions and you'll receive written or verbal feedback, outlining your strengths and how you can improve. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

For detailed information on entry requirements for our courses, please see the individual course pages. We consider a range of UK and worldwide qualifications at the appropriate level and also take relevant work experience into account when considering an application. Many courses have a Foundation Year option for those students whose qualifications do not meet the BA or BSc entry requirements. Applicants should have, or be working towards, grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent Level 2 qualification such as Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics or Key Skills Level 2 in Application of Number and Communication) Entry requirements are intended only as a guide for applicants. They are not a guarantee of an offer, nor of the conditions that may apply. When making a decision on your academic suitability, we will make an assessment of you as an individual and will use information other than qualifications; which may include predicted grades, performance at Level 2, relevant work experience, previous study at degree level, personal statement, references and any portfolio, written test or interview, to make our decision. If you have any questions, please contact a member of our Applicant Relations Team from Monday to Friday (9am–5pm) on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or

Additional entry requirements


Applicants are required to attend an interview for discussion of their portfolio of work.


Your portfolio should contain between three and five projects that you have undertaken in the areas of drawing, print, graphic art or illustration. It should be between ten and fifteen sheets in length and should not exceed A1 in size. The portfolio should show evidence of observational drawing, the development of an idea through to a completed illustration, and techniques and processes that you have worked with. We are particularly interested in seeing your sketchbooks / journals to see how you develop your ideas. At interview you should be prepared to discuss your work, ideas and ambitions. You should also be able to discuss graphic artists, illustrators or animators who influence you.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14580 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 £14580 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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Animation (with Foundation Year) at University of East London - UCAS