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Course summary

Do you have a favourite character from an animated film? Whether it’s Buzz Lightyear, Mirabel from Encanto, Jack Skellington or a Disney princess, have you ever wondered what turns them into such likeable (or loathe-able) characters? And who are the people creating such memorable and believable performances? Well, there is actually a job out there for these people: Character Animators, and when you study with us, you can become one, too. Our Animation course is an industry facing programme of study focused on the development of Character Animation skills and is supported by core competencies & collaborative skills - in-line with current Animation industry needs & expectations. You will build and develop a professional showreel and body of work through a ‘Personalised Curriculum’ – one in which you are a collaborator in a student-tailored programme of study that is mapped to your career aspirations & goals. Your first year of study is shared across all specialism skill-sets - focussing on the principles of Animation, Story Art, Asset creation, drawing and design for animation. As you progress through the second and third years of the course you will select the appropriate option modules allowing you to focus on specialist digital skills development – following your specialism pathway in advanced Animation methods for Character & Animated performance. Specialism routes include:

  • 3D Digital
  • 2D Digital
  • Computer Games Animation
  • Stop Motion


Year 1 (Core) Animation in Context: The Timeline; Story Art Portfolio; Principles Portfolio; Character Animation Portfolio 1; Anatomy of Animation 1 and Drawing for Animation (Human). Year 2 (Core) Animation in Context: The Screenings; Drawing for Animation 2 (Animal); Professional Portfolio 1*; Anatomy of Animation 2*; Character Animation Portfolio 2* and Collaborative Production Project* Year 3 (Core) Animation in Context: Research project; Drawing for Animation 3 (Imaginative Realism); InCube8*; Pitch, Present, Collaborate* and Professional Portfolio 2*. *Indicates Pathway Specialism option

How to apply

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Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.

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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
EU £16750 Year 1
International £16750 Year 1

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Animation at Staffordshire University - UCAS