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BA (Hons) Animation

Summary 2014/15

  • Explore a broad range of animation media and gain technical skills and a critical design appreciation of animation production processes;
  • Benefit from extensive guest speakers from industry to support your learning;
  • Build a portfolio of production products, undertake a work placement and develop industry contacts.

Animation is about the magic of making things move and telling stories through a rich and diverse visual art form. It is also about developing personal creativity, exploring exciting ways to engage audiences and developing visual communication methods. You will combine creativity and cutting-edge animation practice with the ability to develop and communicate good ideas.

Throughout the programme you will study traditional and contemporary digital animation processes, animation theory, film language and drawing. Essential skills designed to support your creativity will enable you to build an animation portfolio and prepare you for working within an exciting and diverse industry.

Location: Edge Hill University
UCAS: W615/E615
Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
Attendance & Study Mode:
3 years: Full Time
Start Date: September 2014

2014/15 Entry Requirements

280 UCAS Tariff points. To find out how you can achieve this Tariff score, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

Creative Arts subjects are preferred. The production of a creative arts portfolio can be credited with contributing 80 UCAS Tariff points towards the total.

How do I apply?

To apply for this degree through Clearing, please contact our Clearing Helpline by calling 0800 028 66 77 (free from UK landlines) or 0333 202 2201 (included in bundled minutes on UK networks). Alternatively, you can email us at clearing@edgehill.ac.uk.


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Media

Summary 2015/16

  • Explore a broad range of animation media and gain technical skills and a critical design appreciation of animation production processes;
  • Benefit from extensive guest speakers from industry to support your learning;
  • Build a portfolio of production products, undertake a work placement and develop industry contacts.

Animation is about the magic of making things move and telling stories through a rich and diverse visual art form. It is also about developing personal creativity, exploring exciting ways to engage audiences and developing visual communication methods. You will combine creativity and cutting-edge animation practice with the ability to develop and communicate good ideas.

Throughout the programme you will study traditional and contemporary digital animation processes, animation theory, film language and drawing. Essential skills designed to support your creativity will enable you to build an animation portfolio and prepare you for working within an exciting and diverse industry.

Location: Edge Hill University
UCAS: W615/E615
Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
Attendance & Study Mode:
3 years: Full Time
Start Date: September 2015

2015/16 Entry Requirements

280 UCAS Tariff points. To find out how you can achieve this Tariff score, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

Creative Arts subjects are preferred. The production of a creative arts portfolio can be credited with contributing 80 UCAS Tariff points towards the total.

How do I apply?

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.ac.uk.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply to find out more about the application process.


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Details

What will I study?

In Year 1 you'll explore the relationship between animation production and design, gaining a range of creative and practical animation skills. You'll cover scriptwriting, dramatic creation and film structure, learning how to develop ideas from conception to final production. You'll also consider visual culture as an important element within animation.

Year 2 develops your practical skills working on 3D and interactive and character animation. You'll also practice essential animation studio skills such as sound, lighting, post-production and SFX. You'll gain an understanding of media theory and its relevance to animation forms through the study of, and the relationship between, producers and audiences. Year 2 also offers a series of elective modules for developing specialist animation skills and techniques. These include CGI, stop motion and 2D and convergent animation.

Year 3 includes studio practice where you'll appreciate the real-life aspects of running and working in a professional animation studio. Guest speakers will engage you in evaluating the industry and encourage you to think about your future. You will create a substantial animation project demonstrating your ability and undertake an in-depth research project or dissertation in an area that interests you.

How will I study?

This degree adopts a vocational approach and coursework includes practical projects, essays, case studies and individual and group presentations. Tutors provide individual supervision and support and the course is supported by state of the art facilities including Apple Mac studios, television and animation studios and video editing suites.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by an experienced team with a wide range of interests and industry experience. Lecturers are research-active in animation and the media and have experience in using the variety of resources available to you.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be via written and practical assignments, research projects and individual and group presentations.

What are my career prospects?

You will be able to seek a career in animation houses, film studios, television companies and web companies as well as freelance opportunities.

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A Great Study Environment

The Department of Media is based in Creative Edge, a new state-of-the-art £16m building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for creative media students.

Key features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, animation studios, photographic studio, radio studio and multimedia laboratory. Our innovative resources are designed to ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard.

Based in 160 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the Edge Hill University campus is a unique and inspirational place to study. Industry standard resources and cutting edge technology combine to make an interactive and highly advanced teaching and learning environment.

Everything you could want is on one site with 60 acres of sport and leisure facilities, more than 1,900 rooms in halls of residence, and fantastic modern spaces in which you can study and socialise. There is also a University library, providing you with access to thousands of books, journals, online resources and extensive PC and media provision.

You will get all the support you need to succeed, reflected in Edge Hill University being ranked:

  • Top ten for employability (HESA 2014. Employment indicator for comparable English public universities);
  • Top in the North West for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014 and Sunday Times University Guide 2014.

The Department of Media runs its own annual film festival, Tinnes, each year and publishes 'The Deal', a weekly entertainment guide produced by Media students. Edge Hill also has its own student film review magazine, Iris, waiting for your contributions.

A range of exciting extracurricular activities have been developed by the Department of Media to underpin the knowledge and learning on programmes. These include international study trips, festivals and visits to venues such as Tate Liverpool and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). The department also hosts the British Animation Awards.

Fees and Finance

Academic Year 2014/15

If you are a prospective UK or EU student joining a full-time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University in academic year 2014/15, the standard tuition fee is £9,000 per annum.

Subject to eligibility, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees which you will not start to repay until the April after you have finished your degree and are earning at least £21,000 per annum. If you leave the course early, you will still have to repay your student loans.

Eligible full-time UK students can also apply for a Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant, subject to household income, and a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. Additional grants may be available depending on your individual circumstances.

Exceptions to eligibility for student funding may apply if you have enrolled on any previous higher education study (at level 4 or level 5), even if you didn't achieve a qualification, or if the course you are joining at Edge Hill University is of an equivalent or lower level to a qualification you already hold.

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships for eligible prospective students that you may qualify to receive. The High Achievers Scholarship and Liverpool Scholarship reward outstanding grades and the National Scholarship Programme supports those from lower income families.

You can also apply for an Entrance Scholarship worth £2,000. Entrance Scholarships reward determination, commitment and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance or volunteering.

If you excel in sport, you can apply for a Sports Scholarship worth up to £1,000 per academic year. Sports Scholarships celebrate talent, achievement and dedication in sport and are designed to enhance your sporting performance.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our talented and dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to UK and eligible EU students joining this programme in academic year 2014/15, together with details of how to apply for funding, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2014.

Please note, the above information is for UK and eligible EU students only. Fees and finance information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Academic Year 2015/16

If you are a prospective UK or EU student joining a full-time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University in academic year 2015/16, the standard tuition fee is £9,000 per annum.

Subject to eligibility, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees which you will not start to repay until the April after you have finished your degree and are earning at least £21,000 per annum. If you leave the course early, you will still have to repay your student loans.

Eligible full-time UK students can also apply for a Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant, subject to household income, and a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. Additional grants may be available depending on your individual circumstances.

Exceptions to eligibility for student funding may apply if you have enrolled on any previous higher education study (at level 4 or level 5), even if you didn't achieve a qualification, or if the course you are joining at Edge Hill University is of an equivalent or lower level to a qualification you already hold.

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships for eligible prospective students which reward:

  • Outstanding examination grades;
  • Determination, commitment and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance or volunteering;
  • Talent, commitment and dedication in sport.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to UK and eligible EU students joining this programme in academic year 2015/16, together with details of how to apply for funding, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2015.

Please note, the above information is for UK and eligible EU students only. Fees and finance information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Not got the entry requirements?

We welcome applications from those who wish to return to education and encourage you to present your previous experience in work (paid or unpaid) to support your application.

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Access to Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to gain the study skills and subject knowledge to guarantee the offer of a place on an Edge Hill University degree (subject to meeting any additional requirements stipulated in your Fastrack offer letter). For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

For personalised advice based on your circumstances, please contact us or come to an event.

Where can I find out more?

If you would like to receive a copy of our prospectus or be kept updated about forthcoming events, contact the Course Information, Advice and Guidance Team by emailing study@edgehill.ac.uk or calling 01695 657000.

If you want to attend one of our open events held throughout the year, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays to book your place.

You will also find Edge Hill University staff at many national careers fairs and UCAS events.

Still want more?

If you have any questions you would like to ask the programme leader about the course, please contact:

  • Alex Jukes, Department of Media, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP
  • Tel. 01695 584847
  • Email: jukesa@edgehill.ac.uk

The programme team run a dedicated blog for prospective Animation students. Keep up-to-date by visiting blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/animation.

Overseas students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk for further information.


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Modules

Year 1

MED1200 Script Writing (20 credits) examines particular demands of scriptwriting for the moving image and, in particular, scriptwriting for animation. During the module you will undertake a variety of exercises and practical writing projects designed to help encourage an appreciation of the processes of dramatic creation. Ideas will be developed from initial concept through to a final animation production and translation of a finished product.

MED1204 Understanding Visual Cultures (20 credits) introduces you to ways in which you can think about, and thus critically examine the visual and visualisation. Engaging with a variety of theoretical approaches, you will be offered opportunities to actively engage with visual technologies and experiences and to apply and problematise critical approaches through reflection upon your experiences.

MED1213 Animation Production (20 credits) introduces you to a variety of associated animation production techniques including 2D animation, analysing 2D and 3D animation, digital and non-digital animation, transferring analogue to digital, rostrum camera production, using light boxes, scanning images, 2D CG animation techniques, stop motion animation techniques and timing for animation. The module specifically encourages the development of practical skills from traditional to digital.

MED1214 Drawing and Design for Animation (30 credits) offers the opportunity to develop a range of creative animation skills and production methods, both from a digital and traditional perspective. The module may include the following areas of study: life-drawing sessions, storyboard production, creative processes via drawing and rudimentary perspective skills.

MED1215 Experimental and Convergent Animation Environments (20 credits) provides an introduction to contemporary and traditional practises and establishes contexts for independent and commercial production. The module provides an opportunity to develop skills and concepts in relation to experimental animation production and research. You will explore the notion of an alternative vocabulary within animation production including innovative approaches to the aesthetics of motion, pacing, structure, visual design, colour, form and the interaction of image and sound. You will also investigate how digital animation environments can reinvent ‘classic’ approaches to production forming synergies between contemporary and traditional practices. This module introduces issues surrounding ‘new’ and ‘old’ within the context of artistic achievement, develops an insight into the historical lineage of experimentation into established processes and concepts and identifies contemporary examples, through production research.

MED1216 What Is Animation? History and Context (10 credits) places animation within its historic and contemporary context and explores the concept of animation as a form of communication within today’s multifarious visual environment. Via both written and practical-based work you will investigate a broad range of animation styles and approaches including European and International animation texts. Developing your understanding and knowledge of animation production, you will be able to place your own production design work within an appropriate contemporary context.

Year 2

MED2211 SFX and Post Production (20 credits) builds upon the skills-base accumulated throughout the programme and is designed to provide you with a high level of practical post-production techniques and skills as well as the ability to critically analyse screened SFX. The module may include the following subjects: advanced 3D effects, compositing and SFX techniques, and post production processes including blue-screen.

MED2224 Scriptwriting and Character Development (20 credits). Building on the knowledge gained in year 1 this module focuses on the discipline of both scriptwriting and character animation production. You will develop a variety of characteranimation production techniques and processes including 2D and 3D CG animation and develop your skills as a scriptwriter. The module may include the following subjects; life-drawing, facial animation, body language, concepts of movement and gesture, weight, balance and dynamics, caricature and expression (including facial expression and body language) and acting.

MED2226 Lighting, Sound and Art Direction (20 credits) gives you the opportunity to engage with the complex nature of lighting in both physical and virtual environments. Within the theoretical framework of the module you will explore the practical and dynamic effects of lighting and colour. The module provides the opportunity to further develop sound production skills acquired in year 1 and you will also consider the use of sound within the animation arena at a higher level of detail. During the module you will generate lighting and sound effects using a variety of techniques as a complement to animated sequences.

MED2227 Spectacles, Bodies and Other Pleasures: Concepts in Television, Animation and Film (20 credits). Animation, television and film are in a constant process of change, partially determined by new technologies, which is reflected in contemporary media theory. The module aims to bring these theories together by analysing the experience of the visual in contemporary media. It will thus draw attention to the increased emphasis on aesthetics in film and television theory, ideas of spectacle and the centrality of the body to the experience of different media. It will also reflect on issues of convergence, the global and divergence in relation to the visuality of media. You will gain a deeper insight into key concepts of animation, television and film by focusing on contemporary discourses in their historical context, further enhancing your understanding of film, animation and television whilst also developing your critical and analytical skills.

MED2228 Animation Practice (20 credits). The notion of animation is now synonymous with a diverse range of industries, including television, cinema, advertising, computer games, design and the Internet. There is a high demand for animators to transfer multiple skills and strategies for this diverse practice. Animators are required to understand a broad range of technical applications, understand a diverse range of production roles and demonstrate knowledge of the needs in a variety of contemporary industrial animation practise. You will have the opportunity to experience multiple methods and processes and be encouraged to adopt multimedia approaches, integrating that learning into practical animation products. Within this experience you can recognise preferred working practices and relate your practice to vocational aspirations. Skills and knowledge of animation disciplines will be appraised through a combination of research projects and practical animation production.

You will also select one of the following modules:

MED2229 2D and Convergent Animation: Principles, Process and Technologies (20 credits) recognises the vast opportunities offered by contemporary 2D and related mixed media practises open to the modern animation designer. You will have the opportunity to explore the broad range of current, emergent and avant-garde animation practice and process in this field, alongside the expanding array of audience delivery options and their implications on the design process. This module empowers you to begin to define an individual signature and design style in this area of animation and to place your work in appropriate contemporary production contexts for studio practice work.

MED2230 3D CGI: Principles, Process and Technologies (20 credits) recognises the differing requirements demanded by a variety of digital animation formats such as computer games, online animation and mobile technologies with specific reference to 3D CGI animation and modeling. Subjects may include character animation for games, pre-rendered and real-time animation, creating 3D environments. This module enables you to begin to define an individual signature and design style in this arena of animation and place your work in appropriate contemporary production contexts for your studio practice work.

MED2231 3D Stop-motion: Principles, Process and Technologies (20 credits) offers the opportunity of specialist study in the key aspects of contemporary stop-motion animation, from character animation and SFX processes to mixed and multi-media design practises for this field. This module aims to enable the student to begin to define an individual signature and design style in this arena of animation and to place their work in appropriate contemporary production contexts for their studio practice work.

Year 3

MED3101 Personal Specialism (Pre-Production) (30 credits) and MED3102 Personal Specialism (Production) (30 credits) offer you the opportunity to develop a substantial animation project (under supervision) and undertake in-depth personal research relevant to that project. The work will allow you to explore areas of interest, investigate topics and explore a range of presentational forms explicitly linked to a main production project. The module consists of lectures, studio sessions, independent learning opportunities and 'masterclasses'.

MED3124 Studio Practice/Placement (20 credits) focuses on the real-life aspects of running and working with an animation studio. You will engage with important practical issues and essential professional practices including health and safety, copyright and project budgeting. The module is designed to provide you with real opportunities to meet and discuss the experiences of animation with professionals and also explores the range of opportunities for postgraduate study. Guest speakers will be a particularly important component of this part of the module and you will be encouraged to evaluate the realities of working within the animation industry, engaging in postgraduate study and being proactive in assessing your future. Key workshops on issues such as employment, interviews, networking, freelance work and finance will be offered throughout the module. You will also be given the opportunity to engage with industry in terms of both placement and live projects.

MED3202 Dissertation (30 credits) offers you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth personal research project, under supervision, which is relevant to animation. The work will allow you to explore areas of interest and investigate topics not explicitly addressed elsewhere (but related to) the study of animation. The module will encourage you to explore a range of presentational forms, appropriate to the project. You will gain a thorough knowledge of your chosen subject area and will be expected to shape that knowledge to produce a final submission that demonstrates your ability to locate material within the wider contexts of the subject of animation.

MED3203 Showreel Production (10 credits) is focused on the production of an industry-standard showreel which provides you with the opportunity to present your best work in formats suitable for potential employers to judge.

Please note, optional module selection is subject to module availability and timetabling. Some restrictions on optional module choice may apply.


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Ormskirk
Lancashire
L39 4QP
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