Animation at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS

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The UK's animation industry is global success, so there's never been a better time to start your career as an animator. As an ambitious designer and creative thinker, you explore all aspects of 2D and 3D animation on this cutting-edge degree course. We'll equip you with the critical and technical skills required to produce animated works, alongside learning about scriptwriting, character development, storyboarding and cinematography. This course will give you the professional, creative, intellectual and technical skills you’ll need to work successfully within the international animation industry. Learn about animation in a way that reflects current art and industry practice. You’ll explore the different areas of animation through studio practice, academic research, and independent study. By the end of the course you’ll have developed project work and films that build into a professional show reel tailored to your own career aspirations, ready to launch your career . Key features

  • Study the broadest range of disciplines from course staff with expertise in drawing for animation, storyboarding, 2D and 3D character animation, experimental animation, visual development, previs, lookdev, story development, production and direction.
  • Have access to industry-standard equipment and software such as Maya, TVPaint, CelAction2D, ZBrush and Adobe CC.
  • Develop your professional skills through self-initiated work experience placements, industry competitions, collaborations with organisations and guest lectures.
  • Apply to study part of your degree abroad through our European or international exchange programmes.
  • Be selected to showcase your work at international film festivals, such as the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
  • We're ranked 12th best University for Art and Design in the UK. (The Complete University Guide 2021)
  • 95% of BA (Hons) Animation students are satisfied with their course. (National Student Survey 2020).
Assessment Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade. Career Prospects This course will prepare you to work in the digital media field, in areas such as feature film animation, VFX, children’s television, heritage interpretation, advertising, and games production. You’ll also develop transferable skills for alternative careers in media, freelance design, illustration, motion graphics, teaching and academia. Facilities We’re committed to helping you explore, expand and refine your craft, as you discover new creative horizons with some truly great tools, equipment and workspaces. Visit our facilities hub at to find out more. We are also proud to be launching the new Design & Digital Arts building to prepare our graduates for success in professional, technical and commercial careers in the growing cultural and creative industries. This landmark building will place Nottingham as a UK hub for film, television, animation, UX design, games design, graphic design and more. Facilities include: Collaborative studio spaces for each discipline Digital Innovation Lab and VR/Mixed Reality Studio Exhibition spaces TV and Film Studio Black Box studio Film Production editing suites Screen printing room Sound studios Stop Motion Studio Café Our students’ work – ‘We Are Creatives’ Explore our online showcase ‘We Are Creatives’ - celebrating the work of the School of Art & Design students. You will find a sneak peak of some of our students work and gain a real insight into what it’s like to be part of the NTU creative community at


Year One

  • Animation Principles (100 credit points)
  • Animation Studies I (20 credit points)
Year Two
  • Animation Studio (60 credit points)
  • Animation Studies II (20 credit points)
  • Co Lab: Research, Exploration and Risk-taking (20 credit points)
  • Optional module: You will also choose one optional 20-credit module from:
3D Materials and Exploration Storyboarding: Visualising the story, enhancing the narrative Character Ideation Experimental Animation Telling Stories Model Making: Object and Narrative Motion Graphics Final year
  • Animation Specialist Project (100 credit points)
- Animation Studies III (20 credit points)

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other, and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here, but may have faced barriers that can make it more difficult to access university. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

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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
EU £17900 Year 1
International £17900 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.
Animation at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS