Wirral Metropolitan College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Chester

Illustration with Animation

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Course summary

This is a broad based Illustration with Animation course which allows students to specialise in either illustration or animation at Level 5 and 6 of the course. The course will enable you to develop your practical and intellectual skills and the history and theory of art will be a part of your course. The course is validated by the University of Chester. The course offers an intensive period of study that proceeds from relatively directed creative projects to greater independent learning including self-directed and live projects. This takes place within design studios equipped with Apple Mac suites using industry standard software and through a variety of practical workshops in real media techniques. All directly aimed at informing and developing your own practise within illustration and animation. The course involves a series of lectures, seminars, regular one to one tutorial sessions, briefings, reviews and critiques which are delivered by a team of creative academic staff who have direct and current experience in the illustration and animation industries. Critical, historical and theoretical studies permeate the course and written work is presented in the form of a series of essays or assignments. Graduates should be equipped to apply for freelance work and employment as an illustrator / animator. Graduates may also wish to seek further study at MA level within a related discipline & PGCE teaching qualifications. For further information you can access our website https://www.wmc.ac.uk/courses/art-design-creative-media/ba-hons-illustration-with-animation-a026

Course details


The course is divided into sections that enable you to gain credit towards your final qualification. Each level accounts for 120 credits and you need 360 credits to achieve a BA (Hons) degree, validated by the University of Chester. Timetables of study and assessment calendars can be found in the course handbooks, which are distributed to students following enrolment. Level 4 takes you through an induction programme where you will be introduced to the range of available facilities. Emphasis is placed firstly on the acquisition of a visual vocabulary and exploration of creative methods in approaching image-making through a series of briefs. Through specialist guidance you will be required to develop and sustain your own professional approach to research and image-making. Level 5 continues your personal development through experience in illustration and animation practice. Emphasis is increasingly placed on your growing sense of awareness within your craft. The course at this level allows you to develop your work, specialising within the area of either illustration or animation. During Level 5, in consultation with staff, students are expected to take part in live projects and enter national competitions relating to their specialism. As well as the building up of awareness through self-evaluation. Level 6 is designed initially to consolidate and intensify personal directions of study. You are expected to demonstrate a higher level of creative independence by working on self-directed and live projects that relate to your chosen field. The Level concludes with a Private View and Public Degree Exhibition which will demonstrate a level of study and research skills capable of sustaining your own practice on completion of the course. The degree show includes the production of a catalogue. The cost of this is shared within the graduating group (through contributions and fundraising approx. £50).

Assessment method

You will be assessed throughout the course via a portfolio of your work, along with written work surrounding critical, historical and theoretical studies in the form of essays and assignments.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW2W6
Institution code W73
Campus nameTwelve Quays Campus
Campus code1

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Wirral Met College does not currently hold a Tier 4 licence to sponsor applicants who need a student visa to allow them to study in the UK, we are therefore only able to proceed with applications from those with current status which allows study.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 points 3 A levels including 2 Cs plus an A or B in an Arts subject.

Applicants should normally have 5 GCSEs (A-C or grade 4 or above) and have satisfactorily completed either a foundation course, a BTEC National Diploma or Certificate in an appropriate Art and Design subject or other evidence of potential to study at degree level. Applications are welcome from students who may lack qualifications but can demonstrate their suitability to study at this level. All applicants invited for interview must produce a portfolio of work. The ability to develop communication skills, English, maths, action planning and use of information technology to levels appropriate to study illustration and animation.

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7790 Year 1
Channel Islands £7790 Year 1
England £7790 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7790 Year 1
Scotland £7790 Year 1
Wales £7790 Year 1

Additional fee information

International HE fees - Wirral Met College does not currently hold a Tier 4 licence to sponsor applicants who need a student visa to allow them to study in the UK. We are therefore only able to proceed with applications from those with current status which allows study.
Illustration with Animation at Wirral Metropolitan College - UCAS