Falmouth University

Animation and Visual Effects Falmouth University Degree level: Undergraduate

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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.

Course details

Modules

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.

Year one
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.

Modules
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
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.

Modules
Reboot 1 – focusing your CG skills
Reboot 2 – mastering your CG skills
Research & Proposals – define and articulate your area of research

Optional modules
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

Year three
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.

Modules
Extended Research – focusing your area of research
Professional Outlook – preparation for employment

Optional modules
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.

Assessment method

Peer group assessment in your first year.
Continuous assessment.
Assignments including practical work, presentations, essays, written or verbal reports and a major research project.


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 WG64
Institution code F33
Campus name Penryn Campus
Campus code P

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

International applicants

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


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
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

Interview

Portfolio


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
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

https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/international/english-language-support


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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.

Additional fee information

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

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Falmouth University
Woodlane
Falmouth
TR11 4RH


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