BA (Hons) Animation — Overview
Are you interested in bringing your character designs and illustrative concepts to life?
Our BA (Hons) Animation programme offers you a unique way to explore a whole range of production methods, and develop your passion into a career.
Globally the animation industry is estimated to be worth $222 billion, and includes film, children’s television, games, online content, VFX, motion graphics, VR and advertising.
We will help you to enter this market as a specialist in a production team. Our Animation programme will prepare you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need for a role in the animation industry.
We attract passionate and ambitious students, and provide the opportunity to build a professional CV, portfolio and showreel during the programme – preparing you for entry in your specialist area of animation, games or visual effects upon graduation.
Over the three-year programme you’ll have opportunities to explore traditional, experimental and computer animation, and work on a wide range of exciting design briefs – including live client projects and national competitions.
You’ll be taught in our purpose-built studios by a dedicated team of expert staff members, and supported by visiting professional animators, who’ll build your skills, confidence and awareness of what is required in this dynamic industry. Our programme allows you to explore all types of animation techniques, through a series of structured modules.
What will I achieve?
You will become a proficient and industry-ready animator, with a thorough grounding in current technologies and established methods, such as Disney’s Twelve Basic Principles of Animation, and able to tackle both in-house modules and external client project briefs.
Your showreel, developed through college projects and in collaboration with clients, will demonstrate the extent of what you can do.
Having learnt how to use tools and techniques for short animated performances, demonstrating your control of gesture-based articulation and emotional resonance, your career will be ready to take off.
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 will have an emphasis on production team working, as you share skills with others while you develop your own specialism. Professional development modules will enable you to progress your animation career path.
In your final year you will create a professional showreel, which will demonstrate your production skills to the industry and associated sectors that use animation as a creative medium. Focused lectures on marketing and distributing your work to the independent and commercial animation and games industries will help you to refine the direction of your work.
Thinking & making
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.
We provide a dynamic, stimulating learning environment from which to test new models of practice, while investing in the rich relationship between practice and theory - based on the potential in material and visual exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of histories and contemporary contexts.
Opportunities for studying abroad are available at our partner institutions, click here for more.
BA (Hons) Animation — Highlights:
- Develop your own artistic signature whilst ensuring you’re up-to-date with industry-relevant skills, through our emphasis on art and craft disciplines alongside digital skillsets.
- Take part in Erasmus and spend a semester of study with one of our partner institutions in Europe and North America.
- Learn how to make a character perform in a way which makes the audience buy into what’s happening on screen – the pinnacle of animation practice is generating appeal in a production.
- Gain valuable industry connections through our strong presence at key global events and animation symposia.
- Use dedicated studios with all the necessary tools to make short to feature-quality animation.
BA (Hons) Animation is validated by The Open University.