University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Computer Animation (Swansea College of Art) University of Wales Trinity Saint David Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant)


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On our computer animation degree we help students learn the art of animation, to bring life to their characters, to create stories and strong visuals. Applicants at interview look to see what we do best. They bring sheets of ideas and drawings, traditional/digital graphics and comic art. They want to transform these into moving images and films. Since the first graduates (2003), students learn to animate, to make films and/or become fantastic 2D animators - the next best designers, modellers or conceptual artists. We continue to place graduates in some of the world’s best VFX studios, animation companies and as animators on games, shorts, internships and more. The openness and range of work/ approach in class is often seen as an attractive quality, giving students an understanding of the many production roles in the animation process. Learn more from visiting our website.

Course details


In the first year students are given enough guidance to learn the relevant software and to begin the process of developing an individual visual style. Students begin with an introduction to a variety of animation terms, methods and principles in drawing, design, modelling and animation. Via traditional and digital techniques the students will learn the foundations and principles of how to animate, plan/design shots and sequences, produce effective pre-production, animatics and pre-visualisations. The second and third years broaden the scope of their activities within more storytelling, character animation, visual effects, or new technology. A final year Major Project offers the student the opportunity to develop their specialism to a high level where it can form the centrepiece of a showreel.

The 4th year (MArts) is on offer and can provide the final stage in the process with students encouraged to work directly with industry or to form industry facing groups.

Assessment method

Coursework within the animation content takes the notion that the art and craft of digital communication is all-important, its visual design, storytelling power, etc. Students will learn methods in how to immerse the audience in their very own short films and character animations, to construct their own 2D and 3D sequences, effects and reels. We are keen to stress the importance of developing a strong visual style, to learn how to animate well and to be able to construct scenes and shots and stories.2D traditional. 2D digital. 3D. Stopframe, etc. etc. We also consider the history and development of animation and film and continually reference methods of digital designers and animators, conceptual artists, etc. throughout the course of study.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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

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Course code CAN2
Institution code T80
Campus name Dynevor, Swansea
Campus code V

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 points

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,000 Year 1
EU £9,000 Year 1
International £11,500 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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SA31 3EP

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