University for the Creative Arts has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
With alumni including Oscar and BAFTA winners, and creators of beloved animations such as Peppa Pig, Fantastic Mr Fox, Compare the Market’s ‘Meerkats’ campaign and Hey Duggee, our BA (Hons) Animation degree is one of the best-known and highly-regarded filmmaking courses of its kind in the world.
Whether you want to make animated films using CGI software, the latest 2D drawing processes or produce stop-motion films, you’ll be encouraged to follow your passions as you discover and develop your own creative approach to animation and personal style.
Throughout this animation course, you’ll have the freedom to discover and develop your personal style while being guided by a team of highly experienced and well-connected industry professionals.
Animation is one of the most significant and rapidly expanding media fields. An enormous range of career opportunities exist in animation, from the traditional techniques of animation storytelling to drawn, model and CGI animation.
Established in 1972 by Academy Award winner Bob Godfrey as the UK’s first course to take an academic approach to animation, we pride ourselves on giving our students a comprehensive understanding of frame-by-frame image manipulation using the growing range of creative techniques.
As a long-established degree course, you can benefit from our extensive network of industry connections and exciting work placement opportunities, including Agile Films, Aardman Animation, Cinesite, Nexus, Passion Pictures and Blackdog Film.
You’ll develop a deeper understanding of narrative, character development, movement, sound, and the full range of expressive and personal filmmaking techniques contemporary animation now uses.
Similar courses that we offer:
Animation (4 Year) - UCA Farnham
Computer Animation Arts - UCA Rochester
Illustration & Animation - UCA Canterbury
In Year 1 you'll learn the fundamental principles and techniques of animation and the exploration of drawing for the expression of ideas. You’ll gain a practical understanding of computer animation, examining the various methodologies in creating digital content for animation. You'll also study movement and acting as a means of communicating character, mood and emotion, and undertake life-drawing sessions. This year will introduce you to key concepts and critical debates in media, visual and cultural theory. In Year 2 you’ll produce a professionally finished film, and study the concepts and advanced digital techniques relating to computer animation. You'll also explore the historical development of animation through its systems, institutions and practices, and the work of key practitioners. In Year 3 you'll produce your final animated film and undertake a dissertation related to your chosen area of practice.
How to apply
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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
The majority of our courses require a portfolio and we consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades.
This means that whilst we have a standard entry criteria of 112 UCAS tariff points (64 UCAS points for 4 year courses) and a minimum of four GCSE passes (or equivalent) at grade A*-C and/or 4-9 including English, this should be used as a guide to what we accept.
The average tariff that our students achieve is significantly higher than this standard entry criteria but we also occasionally make offers which are lower to students with a strong portfolio, and those who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results.
We welcome applicants who are currently studying or have completed A-Levels, Extended Diplomas (BTEC and UAL), Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Access to Higher Education, Scottish Highers, and IB Diploma. We will consider other Level 3 qualifications on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of Level 3 qualifications.
You can also check how many tariff points you have achieved using the UCAS Tariff calculator: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this coursehttps://www.uca.ac.uk
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||Listening 5.5, Reading 5.5, Speaking 5.5, Writing 5.5|
We require evidence of your English language ability to meet the requirements for your course. If you're a Home student and studied in the UK, we require GCSE English at a minimum grade C/4 (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2). If you’re an EU student and studied a European qualification, we may accept the English Language score from your main qualification - please review your country from the list on our website to see whether we will accept it: https://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/equivalent-qualifications/ If your qualification is not on this list, we accept the following English language qualifications: IELTS (overall score 6.0), TOEFL ibt (overall score 88), PEARSON PTE Academic (overall 55), Cambridge Proficiency Exam (overall score 169), Cambridge Advanced Exam (overall score 169). If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you will need to take an IELTS test, and achieve an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 for each element (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing).
For more information on English Language Requirements, please visit our website:
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|