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Course summary

The Computer Animation Arts programme combines traditional and digital animation techniques, and covers all elements of the animation production pipeline. The skills developed on the programme are relevant within many creative industries, including computer games, film and television, visual effects and architectural visualisation. Students are introduced to core concepts of visual storytelling, cinematography, and the key principles of 2D and 3D animation. Traditional drawing skills are taught as a means of developing abilities in visual communication, concept design and storyboarding, all of which are essential to the development of an animated production. Students also learn about the history of animation, giving a context for their work. The production disciplines of 3D modelling, character design and rigging, animation, texturing and lighting are all covered in depth, and the issues involved in developing for specific types of output, such as games, are highlighted. In addition to computer-based methods, students are given the opportunity to use stop motion and other traditional animation techniques. Post-production topics, including rendering, compositing, visual effects, editing, and audio for animation, are also explored. Throughout the degree, students are expected to create practical outputs which comprise a large proportion of their assessed work. These include artwork, 3D models, still renders and animation, thus enabling students to build up a production portfolio. In the Honours year, students undertake substantial individual and group projects intended to form the basis for a showreel which will promote their skills to potential employers. These projects also allow students to specialise in their main area(s) of interest. Graduates are employed by Axis Animation, MPC, Sony Pictures, Rockstar North, Lupus, BBC, STV, Mental Ltd., Tag Games, Codemasters and Firebrand Games. Graduates have also set up their own companies.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
GW48
Institution code:
U40
Campus name:
Paisley Campus
Campus code:
P

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Year 1 entry with SWAP (BBB) Access to STEM.

Minimum Qualification Requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

DUO LINGO In addition ot the above English Language tests, for 2022-23 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

UWS's English language requirements

https://www.uws.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/


Unistats information

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86%
Student satisfaction
65%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
70%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £17250* Year 1
International £17250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.
Computer Animation Arts at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS