Animation Production Arts University Bournemouth

Undergraduate

Animation is everywhere: from the classic Disney fairy tale to the quirky Aardman comedy and the dynamic Pixar blockbuster.
BA (Hons) Animation Production provides you with the opportunity to excel as a creative and critical practitioner in the exciting field of Animation Production. Animation starts right here with traditional 2D animation drawing, where fundamental skills of drawing and painting underpin the development of animation production in all its forms: hand-drawn, stop-motion and CGI.

What you will study
A series of workshops, seminars and lectures will introduce you to the fundamental principles of animation. Knowledge of traditional animation techniques and contemporary software is complemented by the rigorous development of ability in observational drawing. Team-based projects will help you to develop knowledge of your specialist role within an animation production team, with workshops to help develop an understanding of storyboarding, concept design, advanced animation and fundamentals of post-production. We equip you with specialist technical skills – for example, in CG and stop motion – and offer opportunities for you to develop your practice in a range of contexts – on industry placements, exchanges with other universities, or working in the demanding studio environment at AUB.

The course also connects the practice of animation to its critical and theoretical contexts. By contextualising animation through theoretical debate, we enable you to understand the conceptual foundations underpinning your own work. We emphasise the importance of independent study, research and analysis to extend your creative abilities and inform critical reflection upon your work and that of others.

We believe that in order to succeed in the competitive world of animation production you require a high level of production skills and practical knowledge, a strong sense of professional responsibility and a keen eye for the critical and theoretical contexts in which you will work. To this end, we develop highly skilled and socially aware practitioners who are able to respond to the changing nature of the industry at local, national and international levels.

Approximately 65% of your time will be contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based.

You can choose to complete your degree in one of the following named awards:

  • BA (Hons) Animation Production (2D Animation)

  • BA (Hons) Animation Production (CG Animation)

  • BA (Hons) Animation Production (Stop Motion Animation)

  • BA (Hons) Animation Production (Visual Development for Animation)

By the end of the course you will be able to...

  • Confidently articulate your understanding of animation as a collaborative production process

  • Demonstrate your specialist skills within a production-based context to enhance your career opportunities and for post-graduate study

  • Confidently articulate your knowledge and critical understanding of the relationship between the practice, theory and history of animation

  • Apply research skills and express your analytical, intellectual and aesthetic awareness

  • Demonstrate your professional competence and understanding, and evidence management abilities within a team framework

  • Demonstrate the ability to critically self-evaluate progress and performance; demonstrate self-directed learning for independent study and development

  • Demonstrate the ability to be a highly skilled and socially aware practitioner who is able to respond to the changing nature of the industry at local, national and international levels

Studios and resources
At AUB, our Animation studios mirror industry, with lots of students working together in a high energy environment. Each student benefits from an individual workstation and light box and the course has its own computer suite with specialist software.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site - Arts University Bournemouth

  • Start date

    17 September 2018

  • Duration

    3 years


Course details

Assessment method

Coursework and practical work


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 code W615
Institution code A66
Campus name Main Site - Arts University Bournemouth
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 points This must include at least one Level 3 qualification in a relevant creative subject.
A level BBB This must include at least one A Level in a relevant creative subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM This must be in a relevant creative subject.
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE course - 60 credits, including 45 at Level 3.
Scottish Higher CCCCC This must include at least one Scottish Higher in a relevant creative subject. We also accept Scottish Advanced Higher's.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points International Baccalaureate English Language B or English Language and Literature A at Higher Level grade 4 or Standard Level grade 5 is acceptable to meet English language requirements.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM This must be in a relevant creative subject.

We welcome applicants who are currently studying or who have gained a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and this qualification meets our level three entry requirements. This is a recommended qualification for many of our courses but it is not a compulsory qualification.

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 qualifications are considered on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of level 3 qualifications. Please check your qualifications using UCAS Tariff calculator and remember we are looking for the equivalent of 3 A levels if you are combining Level 3 qualifications.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://aub.ac.uk/plan-visit-apply/apply-now/entry-requirements/undergraduate-courses/

Additional entry requirements

Interview

We invite as many applicants to attend an interview as possible and will hold the majority of interviews January – March. If you have been selected for interview we will email you and details will be sent via AUB’s application portal, MyApplication. Admissions will send you full details of the date and time of the interview, plus what to bring and how to get to AUB. For most courses, unless specified, you will be required to bring a portfolio of work as part of your interview and you will need to follow the portfolio guidance for the course. AUB is flexible, so if you cannot attend your allocated interview date you can request it is rescheduled.

We invite a small group to each interview slot and you will be taken to the relevant course area. Normally this will begin with a brief talk about the course and then the academic staff will look at your portfolio. This might be a group session where you are all asked to contribute and talk about your work. Or you may be seen on a one-to-one basis to discuss your work. Interviews are your opportunity to demonstrate to us your self-motivation and commitment to your area of study. Be ready to talk about your influences, who inspires you and why (think about your cultural interests such as gallery visits, exhibitions, cinema, theatre or literature). It’s important that you contextualise your work. We also expect you to have an awareness of contemporary practice in your chosen subject area. Interviews are also your opportunity to ask any questions you have about the course.

Portfolio

As a specialist art and design institution, the portfolio forms a big part of our admissions process. Each course has different guidelines for what the course team expects to see in your portfolio and you can find these on our website. It is important to read the portfolio guidelines and select pieces for your portfolio accordingly so you bring with you a good range of work which meets the course team’s expectations.

Portfolios should contain a variety of different work, showcasing your creative ability and capacity to work in different media. Include sketchbooks and idea journals as well as examples of ‘work in progress’ to show the development and journey of a project. We recognise that everyone has different skills, portfolios and experiences, so what we look for is potential through a broad range of work that expresses the scope of your creative experiences and shows evidence of enquiry and experimentation.

If you are outside the UK or can’t attend an interview Admissions will ask you to submit a link to an electronic portfolio and full details of how to submit this will be sent to you by Admissions.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced C Overall score of 180
Cambridge English Proficiency C Overall score of 200
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
PTE Academic 54.0 A minimum of 51 in each component

AUB can also accept International Baccalaureate English Language B or English Language and Literature A at Higher Level grade 4 or Standard Level grade 5. We may also accept TOEFL iBT scores of 80 or above for entry to degree courses; however we would prefer one of the above qualifications. TOEFL is a test of American English and is not classified as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for Tier 4 Visa applicants. IELTS, Pearson and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the start of the course to be valid.

English language requirements

https://aub.ac.uk/plan-visit-apply/apply-now/entry-requirements/undergraduate-courses/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £16,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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