Animation Design is a challenging and exciting course offering real-world production experience and professional practice as you develop your skills in 3D character animation, 2D animation, drawing, concept art, compositing and VFX.
One of only six animation courses in the UK with close links to the largest VFX company in Europe.
Our graduates work for companies including the BBC, Double Negative, Ubisoft International Shanghai, Jagex, MPC, The Mill, Blue Zoo, RJDM Animations and Ragdoll Productions.
Work on live client briefs and national and international competitions and build a professional showreel of your work.
Focusing on developing your artistic talents, the course will enable you to bring your ideas and imagination to life. It has been designed with input from industry to provide you with the knowledge and a broad range of skills for those seeking a career in animation.
You will develop a broad range of creative and technical skills that can lead to exciting job opportunities in the animation, gaming, film and VFX industries.
Throughout the course there are opportunities to gain industry experience and understand professional practice. You will have the chance to network and visit studios and work on live project briefs set by industry within a studio environment.
UCAS course code: W615
Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time
Institution code: D26
Entry requirements for 2014
A good portfolio and normally:
If you are unsure about the amount of UCAS points your qualifications may attract you can use our UCAS Tariff Chart|.
We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.
If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition|, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.
Our vibrant studio culture encourages you to achieve your full potential. Teaching is delivered primarily through lectures and practical sessions, with access to keynote lectures and support from industry mentors. Practical classes provide hands-on experience of creating animation and manipulating VFX tools. Extensive use is made of web based tools - including Facebook |- to support an enthusiastic course community. Tutorials are used to provide feedback and a framework for ensuring you see improvements in your work. Additional learning materials are also offered online.
Assessments include regular presentations of artwork and reports for peer, tutor and industry critique. You will produce your own showreel of professional standard work, guided by experts from the animation industry and the teaching team. We work closely with leading companies such as CITV, Double Negative| and RJDM Studios. Industry representatives make regular visits to give presentations and review showreels.
There are opportunities to gain industry experience and understand professional practice by undertaking placements, which have previously been offered by companies including RJDM Animations and CITV. There are also opportunities to network and visit studios, and work on live project briefs set by industry within a studio environment.
Our graduates are working as animators, producers, high-flying VFX technical directors, lead technical runners, compositors, modellers and designers working on TV series and films. They are working with international companies like Double Negative, Ubisoft (Shanghai), Jagex, MPC, The Mill, Blue Zoo, Character Shop, RJDM Animations and Ragdoll Productions and have worked on major films including ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Total Recall’.
For more information please take a look at our Fees and Funding| section.
Scholarships and bursaries are available to home undergraduate students studying on a full time basis. To see if you are eligible, take a look at the Fees and Funding| section of the website.
Practical sessions are conducted by an Autodesk-certified Maya professional. We have excellent specialist facilities including animation, recording and sound studios, editing suites and dedicated graphics studios, computer suites for lectures and practical workshops, screening rooms for viewing dailies and presentations, VFX greenscreen, exposure to latest software and motion capture facilities to ensure you achieve the high level of professional skills required by industry.
Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website|. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website| or via the contact details below.
Customer Service Unit
PO Box 28
T: 0871 468 0 468
International students can apply directly to the university through our online applications portal|.
For further information and admissions advice
Study enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70
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“The course regularly receives visits from industry that wow us with what they have done. It was amazing to have the chance to ask questions to people who have worked on films and projects like Gollum, The Dark Knight and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”
Jessica Lohse, BA (Hons) Animation
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