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Course summary

If you’re looking to study a computer games or digital arts degree, but don’t have the relevant qualifications or experience, this foundation year will help you develop the core skills and knowledge to progress onto one of our related industry-focused undergraduate degrees. You’ll cover key subject areas including digital art design and the digital art industries, and work with your peers on group based projects to develop your teamwork and communication skills. You’ll also be supported to develop key transferable skills in preparation for your degree level studies including working independently, critical thinking skills, and taking responsibility for your own work and practice. To aid study, you’ll have full access to Solent’s industry-standard facilities, including specialist labs, high-end dual screen computers equipped with industry software such as Autodesk, Adobe and Pixologic, and graphics tablets. You’ll also have access to a motion capture studio and lounge equipped with consoles and a life drawing studio. You will be taught by passionate staff who are experts in their fields, with a wealth of real-world experience and knowledge. Learn from staff who are experts in their field and who have vast industry experience. What does this course lead to? This foundation year will help you build the relevant skills and knowledge to enter onto one of our related degree programmes. This can lead to a career in the multi-billion pound games industry in areas such as video game studios and art production, to film and animation studios. Who is this course for? Solent’s Foundation Year in Digital Arts is intended for students without the required UCAS points for direct entry. This could be mature students returning to education, students without the required qualifications, or students looking to change career path after completing further education qualifications.


FOUNDATION MODULES Digital Art Design Digital Art Industries Digital Art Projects Digital Art Discovery Digital Art Final Project Digital Art Portfolio If you successfully pass the foundation year, you will automatically progress onto the 3 year BA (Hons) Animation degree. Please note that some of the modules below may change. YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Animation Principles Introduction to 3D Observation Animation Practice 3D Animation Animation History YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Production Pitch Production Design Animation Production Cinematography for Animations Freelance Animation YEAR 2 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Animation Techniques Stop Motion Techniques YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Animation Final Major Project Proposal Animation Final Major Project Pre-Production Animation Marketing Animation Final Major Project Animation Final Major Project - Behind the Scenes

Assessment method

All modules are assessed by coursework as this is most appropriate for pedagogical approach, learning outcomes, skills required and design studio practice.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

IELTS minimum score of 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component of reading, writing, speaking and listening. TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 71 overall with a minimum of 19 in each component of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four components

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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
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £13020 Year 1
International £13020 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that this is the cost for the foundation year of your 4 year degree.

Sponsorship information

Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit

Animation with Digital Arts Foundation Year at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS