Barking and Dagenham College

Animation Foundation Degree (FdA) Barking and Dagenham College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of East London


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Course summary

Barking & Dagenham College offers an established first-class undergraduate and postgraduate experience with a vocational emphasis that will equip you with the skills and expertise you need to achieve your career goals. Our commitment to personalised support also helps to keep you focused on your goals and motivated to achieve.

The spirit of business innovation in London is moving ever eastwards, and with it comes a wealth of opportunity. Barking & Dagenham College is on the doorstep of central London, offering you an educational experience that will deliver the skills you need to take advantage of these opportunities.

This two-year full-time foundation degree in Animation develops your skills and uses professional engagement to build your knowledge and industry links. During your studies, you will have access to the design studios and industry-standard software at Barking & Dagenham College. You will also benefit from access to the state-of-the-art libraries and other learning resources of our course partner, the University of East London (UEL).

Throughout your studies, you will develop your academic skills through critical analysis of animated films. And with Central London just 15 miles away, you will have the chance to develop industry links with the UK’s leading animation and media companies, with regular visits to businesses, screenings and festivals. While there are some group projects, most assignments require individual responses. You will also get the chance to develop independent projects and work on live client briefs.

Course details


This is a two year programme with each year divided into two semesters. You will be required to study for a minimum of 35 hours per week – this will be made up of a mixture of lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and independent study, research and project work. The programme includes two modules from the UEL Skills Curriculum – Skills for Academic Learning, and Employability Skills. These modules will provide important transferable skills that are relevant to all employment sectors. You will study: - Traditional creative skills: drawing, character design, concept origination, stop motion. - Digital applications: Adobe Animate, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, Maya. - Specialist areas: 2D animation, 3D modelling and animation, games design, digital compositing, special effects.

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

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Course code CA09
Institution code B11
Campus name Rush Green Campus
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points UCAS Tariff 48 Points (a portfolio of creative work).
A Level EEE or DD
Maths and English Level 2 Functional Skills or Grade 4 and above.
Pearson BTEC Level 3
National Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF) PPP
National Diploma (QCF) MP
Subsidiary Diploma (RQF) D
(Or any other combination of level 3 qualifications to achieve 48 points).
Access to HE Diploma Overall pass in a relevant subject

Applicants should normally be at least 18 years of age at the start of the programme. Applications are welcomed from candidates with a subject specific Level 3 course such as a National Diploma / Extended Diploma, A Level, Access to Higher Education Course, or a work-based course, such as NVQ 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship with a minimum of 48 UCAS points achieved.
Mature students may present a more varied entry profile of achievement that may include relevant work experience and a range of qualifications that may include professional qualifications.
When making a decision on your academic suitability, we will make an assessment of you as an individual and will make use of information other than just academic qualifications; which may include previous academic performance, relevant work experience, personal statement, references, and any portfolio, written or mathematics test or interview, to make our decision.
A level DD A Level EEE or DD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 5.5 Students are expected to be able to demonstrate English language comprehension at a level equivalent to International English Language Test System (IELTS) 5.5, with no less than 5.0 in any skill.

Our main focus is on your creative work. You can still apply even if you don't have 160 UCAS points but do have a strong portfolio of work to show us. We also welcome applications from mature students with relevant experience.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £5,000 Year 1
England £5,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5,000 Year 1
Scotland £5,000 Year 1
Wales £5,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Barking and Dagenham College
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