Sheffield Hallam University

Animation with Foundation Year Sheffield Hallam University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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•Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
•Work across a variety of forms including 2D drawn and digital-based animation, stop motion and 3D CGI animation.
•Specialise in your preferred animation discipline for your major project film.
•Produce a portfolio of project work to showcase your skills to potential employers.

Learn a broad range of techniques and theoretical knowledge underpinning the form, including storyboarding, life drawing and concept art with this practical animation course. You graduate with the experience necessary to work in the animation industry, or in a wide range of other sectors that require creative professionals with animation skills.

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Animation course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other media arts and communication foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

Throughout the course you will experience a range of teaching methods, from specialist workshops and media labs to lectures and seminars, individual tutorials and group work. You will be able to develop your own area of interest and specialise in your preferred discipline for your major project film (including 2D drawn, stop motion or 3D CGI animation).

You learn through
•written reports
•peer critique groups

In the foundation year, you’ll study wide-ranging media arts and communication topics, while also focussing on your particular subject area and completing assignments in that field. You’ll grow as a creative, and begin developing a professional portfolio. You’ll also become familiar with Hallam’s exceptional facilities and staff, so you’re fully prepared for undergraduate study.

Course details


The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Module: 2D Animation Foundation Credits: 20.00
Module: Animation Analysis Credits: 20.00
Module: Cgi Animation Foundation Credits: 20.00
Module: Drawing For Animation Credits: 20.00
Module: Practice Skills Credits: 20.00
Module: Stop Motion Animation Foundation Credits: 20.00

Module: 2D Animation Project Credits: 20.00
Module: 3D Animation Project Credits: 20.00
Module: Level 5 Integrated Project Credits: 20.00
Module: Stop Motion Animation Project Credits: 20.00
Module: Visual Storytelling Credits: 20.00

Module: App Design And Development Credits: 20.00
Module: Creative Sound Practice Credits: 20.00
Module: Documentary Production (Photography, Sound And Moving Image) Credits: 20.00
Module: Introduction To Concept Art Credits: 20.00
Module: Screenwriting (Short Form) Credits: 20.00
Module: Storyboarding For Film And Animation Credits: 20.00
Module: Virtual Reality Design Credits: 20.00

Module: Dissertation Credits: 20.00
Module: Distribution Methods And Practices Credits: 20.00
Module: Final Animation Project Credits: 40.00
Module: Pre-Production For Animation Credits: 20.00

Module: Life Drawing Credits: 20.00
Module: Motion Graphics Credits: 20.00
Module: Social Impact Of Digital Media Credits: 20.00
Module: Sound Design And Sonic Arts Practice Credits: 20.00
Module: Visual Effects Project Credits: 20.00

Assessment method

Coursework, practical

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

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 80 points This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

•CDD at A Level.
•MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
•A combination of qualifications, which may include a maximum of one AS level, EPQ and general studies
Access to HE Diploma D: 0 credits
M: 15 credits
P: 0 credits
An Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language at grade C or 4 or Level 2 equivalent

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Additional entry requirements


Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 Score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,650 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

Provider information

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Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
Howard Street
S1 1WB

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