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Course summary

This BA (Hons) Animation degree has been designed with organisations including Arcus Studios, Novak and Three Motion to meet the growing need for skilled animators in the sector. If you are passionate about digital and traditional animation, enjoy working with technology and are a natural problem solver, this is the degree for you. You will explore a broad range of animation techniques and processes to develop your practice and bring your ideas to life. You will learn from tutors with many years’ experience of the animation industry and cover topics such as character design and development, storytelling and principles of design. You will use industry standard software such as Cinema 4D and VR headsets. You will visit national and international festivals as well as installations and exhibitions to enrich your studies. You will be given lots of opportunities to engage with industry professionals to build your portfolio and connections through practice. Once you complete your degree you may decide to continue your studies and progress onto a Masters degree or PGCE, if you would like to go into teaching. You may want to go straight into employment and there are a number of roles you could secure including 3D Modeller, animation director, character designer/animator, effects animator, motion graphics designer, UI/UX designer.


Year One: • Principles of Animation • Idea Generation • Introduction to Visual Communication • Personal Development or Recognition of Prior Learning • Introduction to 3D Animation • Character Design and Animation • Research and Development 1. Year Two: • Digital Storytelling • Experimental Animation • Professional Development • VFX • Research and Development 2. Year Three: • Project Proposal Written • Project Presentation • Animation Production • Commercial Production • Dissertation

Assessment method

Students are taught through: • Studio practice • Seminars • Lectures • Specialist workshops • Guest speakers • Independent research • Critiques • Tutorials. Students are assessed though: • Portfolios • Written assignments • Practical assessments • Presentations.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements



o PDF portfolio with a minimum of 20 images appropriate to the degree/sector (images with a combination of developmental work and sketchbook pages as well as finished pieces)

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000* Year 1
England £9000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000* Year 1
Scotland £9000* Year 1
Wales £9000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
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