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Develop the skills to succeed in the booming animation and visual effects industry; work on live briefs, and hone your art and digital skills with our state-of-the-art kit and facilities to create films that will launch your career.
You’ll originate and develop imaginative stories, master directing and producing techniques, learn the patience of stop motion and the complexity of rigging and modelling. You’ll play in 2D and 3D, in physical clay and the digital world, to produce films that make a mark.
Building your real-world abilities, you’ll learn to think creatively and produce a range of animation and visual effects. We’ll work to industry standards, collaborating in multi-skilled teams and using professional processes to solve complex problems. And by taking a critical look at your work and working methods, you’ll build the independent judgment skills crucial to your career.
Working as an individual and in teams, you'll develop your core animation skills in 2D, CG and stop-motion. Learning through practical workshops, lectures and tutorials, your first year expands your understanding of storytelling, animation history, film language and sound. You’ll also study life drawing, sound development, timing, character production management and acting, and performance and production management.
The Forge – learning the principles of movement, drawing & performance
The Foundry – creating your first group film
Mainframe 1 – developing your CG skills
Mainframe 2 – refining your CG skills
Animation Perspectives – an introduction to history and theory
Year two is designed to put your work on the international stage. This is where you’ll specialise as an animator or visual effects artist, honing your skills and aligning them to your specialism. Working in teams, you’ll learn how to collaborate with students on other courses, and how to succeed at festivals by making films for the public. Your second year also gives you the opportunity to study abroad with one of our international partners.
Reboot 1 – focusing your CG skills
Reboot 2 – mastering your CG skills
Research & Proposals – define and articulate your area of research
Short Film 1 – team-based animation production
VFX Widescreen – team-based VFX production
Short Film 2 – team-based animation production
VFX Resolution – team-based VFX production
Working in your chosen specialist role, you'll complete a major team-based animation or visual effects practice project spanning the whole year. Working with an industry mentor, you’ll continue to collaborate with specialists from other subject areas, including film, television, music and acting. You’ll also support your practice project and prepare for the industry with an extended research project, and by refining your portfolio, showreel and web presence - fully priming you for a successful career.
Extended Research – focusing your area of research
Professional Outlook – preparation for employment
Animation Pre-Production – team-based animation pre-production
VFX Pre-Production – team-based VFX pre-production
Animation Production – team-based animation production
VFX Production – team-based VFX production
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
Peer group assessment in your first year.
Assignments including practical work, presentations, essays, written or verbal reports and a major research project.
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Penryn Campus|
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
- Year 2
- Year 3
If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at www.falmouth.ac.uk
|UCAS Tariff||104 - 120 points||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications, such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma, or current, relevant experience. Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, is a minimum language requirement for all applicants. Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed on your chosen course. Please contact the Applicant Services team for advice if you are predicted UCAS points below this range, or if you have questions about the qualifications or experience you have.|
|A level||We welcome A Levels in a wide range of subjects, especially in those relevant to the course for which you apply.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|Access to HE Diploma||60 credits (with a minimum of 45 credits achieved at level 3) in a relevant subject.|
|Scottish Higher||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|AS||We may consider a standalone AS in a relevant subject, if it is taken along with other A Levels and if an A Level has not been taken in the same subject. However, you will not be disadvantaged if you do not have a standalone AS subject as we will not ordinarily use them in our offers.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|Extended Project||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||24 points|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points, when combined with a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from the Supporting Qualifications|
If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility.
If you are an International applicant and require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements, or have a recognised language test approved and vouched for by the University. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/.
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||Level B2||A minimum on the Cambridge English scale of 169 is required|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||An (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening|
|PTE Academic||55.0||A minimum score in the Pearson Academic Test of English of 55 overall is required, with a minimum of 51 in all four components.|
|Trinity ISE||A minimum of Trinity ISE II with Distinction in all four components is required.|
If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
English language support at Falmouth
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|EU||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|International||£16,000 *||Year 1|
|England||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£9,250 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.