BA (Hons) Animation — Overview
Are you interested in bringing your character designs and illustrative concepts to life? Are you inspired by Studio Ghibli, Aardman, Laika, Disney and Pixar, or independent film, games or children’s series animation?
If so, then our BA (Hons) Animation programme offers you a unique way into exploring a whole range of production methods, and developing this 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.
It attracts passionate and ambitious students, who get the opportunity to build a professional CV, portfolio and showreel during their time at the college, in preparation for entry as a specialist into the animation, games or visual effects industries.
Over the three-year programme you’ll have the opportunity to explore traditional, experimental and computer animation, and work on a wide range of exciting design briefs, including live client projects and national competitions.
Central to our ethos is the application of animation principles throughout each production, building your understanding of performance and character timing.
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 energetic industry.
Our programme allows you to explore all types of animation techniques, through a series of structured modules. You will become a proficient and industry-ready animator, with a thorough grounding in the 12 Principles of Animation as set out by Disney, 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 is more focused, with an emphasis on production team working, as you share skills with others while you develop your own specialism.
You will be supported in progressing your animation career path through professional development modules.
What will I achieve?
In your final year, you’ll put your own stamp on a dynamic and professional showreel, which will demonstrate your production skills to the industry and associated sectors that use animation as a creative medium.
You will have focused lectures on marketing and distributing your work either to the independent film sector or to the commercial end of the animation and games industries.
Globally the animation industry is worth $222 billion, and includes film, children’s television, games, online content, VFX, motion graphics, VR and advertising.
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.
- 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.
Have a question for our team? Email: ANIMATION@pca.ac.uk