Solent University (Southampton) has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
If you didn’t get the UCAS points to enrol on a computer gaming or digital arts degree, or if you’re returning to education or looking for a career change, this foundation year will help you develop the core skills and knowledge to be able to progress on to one of our undergraduate degrees in digital arts or computer gaming.
Southampton Solent’s digital arts foundation year covers key subjects such as animation, game development and modelling, and will help equip you with the knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions about your future direction.
The learning path is designed to seamlessly integrate with our related degree courses and offers flexible learning experiences in the field of digital media. Successful completion of the programme will grant direct access on to one of our related industry-focused undergraduate degrees.
You will be taught by passionate staff who are experts in their fields, with a wealth of real-world experience and knowledge. During your studies you’ll be supported in developing your game production, business and entrepreneurial skills, as well as working with coders and artists in the Video Games Academy.
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 life drawing studio. Successful completion of the Digital Arts foundation year will provide a pathway to the Digital Animation Degree. Southampton Solent University’s cutting-edge digital animation programme focuses on digital character creation, from original concept right through to rigging, animation, composition and final performance. The curriculum is structured to help equip you with both the broad base of knowledge and the specialised expertise you’ll need to get your career off to the right start.
To ensure that graduates are fully prepared for life after university, the course includes modules specifically designed to help them better fit into modern creative workplaces. The ‘industry practise’ module teaches a range of transferable project management and presentation skills, while the optional freelance animation module helps students develop an understanding of basic business practises and theories.
Students will bring their concepts to life using our industry-standard animation facilities - learning the full production process from first draft storyboarding to advanced filmmaking techniques.
This three year programme also gives students the time and support necessary to create a varied professional portfolio that’s perfectly suited to securing paid positions after graduation.
Our in-house creative agency provides students with additional opportunities to pitch for paid work with commercial clients – past Solent Creative clients include Bear Grylls, Southampton Airport and Southampton City Council.
Following successfully completing the foundation year you will study:Year oneCore unitsPrinciples of AnimationResearch from ObservationApplied ObservationIntroduction to 3DDigital PipelineContexts of PracticeOptionsPerformance AnimationGame ProductionPlease note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.Year twoCore unitsCharacter DesignCharacter RiggingConcept ArtAnimation TheoryOptionsIndustry Placement
Character AnimationDigital CompositingFreelance AnimationLogged studio hoursFreelancing at Solent CreativesLanguagesPlease note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.Year threeCore unitsFinal Major Project ProposalPre-ProductionProject (Digital Animation)Industry PracticeOptionsAnimation PresentationDissertationPlease note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
How to apply
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!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.
|UCAS Tariff||48 points||
From A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent.
An `optional’ online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.
|A level||DD||From a minimum of two completed A levels.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||PPP|
|AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh)||D|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh)||PPP|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh)||MM|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)||MP|
|AS||In combination with other qualifications.|
|Extended Project||In combination with other qualifications.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||In combination with other qualifications.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||MP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||PPP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma||MM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||MM|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MP|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||D|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||M|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||A|
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.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
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