Plymouth College of Art

Animation Plymouth College of Art Degree level: Undergraduate


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Bring your character designs and illustrative concepts to life, and explore a whole range of production methods, developing your passion into a career. Globally the animation industry is estimated to be worth $259 billion, and includes film, children’s television, games, VFX, motion graphics, VR and advertising.

  • Develop your own artistic signature and industry-relevant skills.

  • Learn how to make a character perform in a way that makes the audience buy into what’s happening on screen.

  • Gain valuable industry connections through our strong presence at key global events.

We attract passionate, ambitious students who explore traditional, experimental and computer animation, and work on a wide range of exciting briefs – including live client projects and competitions.

You will become a proficient, industry-ready animator. You’ll learn how to use tools and
techniques for short animated performances, demonstrating your control of gesture-based articulation and emotional resonance.

You’ll explore all aspects of animation, such as narrative development, storyboarding and character performance. You will learn technical production skills in 2D, CGI and stop-motion using industry-standard equipment and software. You’ll learn to work as part of a production team, sharing skills with others whilst developing your own specialism, as well as learning to market and distribute your work.

We offer regular one-to-one tutorial support, while lectures from visiting experts enable you to make the transition from student to professional. Recent visits include Industrial Light & Magic, BAFTA-winning King Rollo Films and Aardman Animations.

Study with us and you’ll expand your critical approach alongside developing skills in research and analysis. Our academically robust and intellectually stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. Our programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.

Our programme team are professional animators, filmmakers and researchers with excellent industry links, who will assist you in building your own network. Trips to FMX and International Festival of Animated Film give you the chance to engage with leading animation studios, and secure employment and paid commissions. You’ll also have opportunities to get involved in European-funded initiatives, such as the Euranim video mapping project.

Course details


In your first year, you’ll explore all aspects of animation through a range of short projects, covering key production skills such as narrative development, storyboarding and character performance.
You will learn technical production skills in 2D, CGI and stop-motion methods of practice, giving you an opportunity to see which way you would like your own work to develop.
Your second year is more focused, with an emphasis on production team working, as you share skills with others while you develop your own specialism. You will be supported in progressing your animation career path through professional development modules.
In your final year, you’ll put your own stamp on a dynamic and professional showreel, which will demonstrate your production skills to the industry and associated sectors that use animation as a creative medium.
You will have focused lectures on marketing and distributing your work either to the independent film sector or to the commercial end of the animation and games industries.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 - 120 points We accept combinations of qualifications that meet or exceed our tariff requirements, alongside evidence of your creativity

We recognise the value of a variety of qualifications and relevant experience and welcome applications from students who have followed less traditional routes. We are happy to accept combinations of qualifications, and welcome applications from candidates without formal qualifications who can provide evidence of their creativity.

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Additional entry requirements


Your application will tell us about your qualifications and previous experience, but studying the arts is about more than can be captured on forms. We need to find out about your creative potential, your abilities and idiosyncrasies, so we will invite you to talk about your work with a member of our HE academic team. You can tell us about your aspirations, and why you want to study at the college. It is also a good moment to find out what we can offer you.

We encourage you to visit the college, so that you can see our facilities, meet our teaching and technical staff, and discuss any other queries you may have; however we appreciate this may not be possible, and are happy to talk to you via an online platform (such as Google Meet or similar).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Plymouth College of Art
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01752 203434

Fax: 01752 203444