Animation BA (Hons)

UCAS code: W615

Create worlds where anything is possible. Our animation degree, recognised by ScreenSkills, immerses you in the visual arts industry, teaching you how to delight audiences and viewers. Encourage your imagination to run wild and see your ideas flourish on screen.

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start dates: September 2022
September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Animation
Department: Creative Arts
A student sketches animations on a computer screen.

Fancy following in the footsteps of those working in pioneering studios like Disney, Pixar and Aardman? From film to television, virtual reality to web animation and video games, our animation degree teaches you how to bring visual art forms to life. You’ll learn how to tell stories and engage audiences by creating the illusion of movement.

The course is based around practical learning. Up for the challenge of working on live animation briefs from industry experts? Want to test your creative limits and see your ideas on screens big or small? Our teaching reveals how to make your animation ambitions a reality.

Over the three years you’ll experience the whole animation process – from idea generation and character creation to pitching, animated performance and post-production. We’ll also bring you face-to-face with artists from leading animation houses to give you networking opportunities that could propel your career.

This course is recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based industries. It carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

It will help you achieve your aspirations, from careers in film through to web animation and video games.

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Course features

  • Learn a Language

  • Professional Accreditation

  • Sandwich Year Option Available

  • Studying Abroad Option Available

  • Work Placement Opportunity

What you'll study

You’ll build the foundations of your creative and practical animation skills during the first year of your BA. We’ll cover commercial and experimental animation techniques as well as learning about character and performance. Dramatic creation and film structure are also on the agenda. You’ll find out how to take ideas from conception to final piece by working on briefs.

Compulsory modules:

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Applying Animation

Making It Move: Animation Techniques 1

Performance and Character: Animation Techniques 2

What is Animation: Animation in Context

Working in Creative Industries

One of:

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Global Popular Culture

Photography

Language 1

You’ll take a closer look at rigging, animation, sound, lighting, cinematography and post-production to develop your practical experience in Year 2. Working on the theory behind this visual art form you’ll get to understand commercial and avant-garde animation in context. We’ll also give you opportunities to enhance your communication skills through presenting your ideas on a variety of animation projects.

Compulsory modules:

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Animation Light: Staging and Performance

Animation Studio Skills

Four of:

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A Sense of Place: Animation and Environment

Animation and the Avant-Garde

Animation and the Real World

Animation on Screen

Fan Cultures and Subcultures

Studio Case Study 1: Disney – Princess or Pariah

Language 2

In your final year of this animation degree, you’ll become familiar with the real-life aspects of running and working within a professional animation studio. Hear from industry guest speakers and work out your future career path.

Finally, you’ll get to show your creative abilities and technical skills on a comprehensive animation project, and complete a dissertation in an area of animation that interests you most.

Compulsory modules:

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Animation Project: Pre-Production

Animation Project: Production

Creative Enterprise and Employment Portfolio

Dissertation/Research Project

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Animation and Representation

Studio Case Study 2: Ghibli – Anime and Globalised Subculture

Language 3

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

Teaching and learning takes place through workshops, lectures, seminars and screenings. Your learning will be supported by a personal tutor, individual or group tutorials and an experienced team of specialist technicians. You will also have the opportunity to attend annual Animation festivals, such as Manchester Animation Festival MAF.

To give you a flavour of the work you might produce on our Animation degree, you can view some of the films made by past and present Animation students at vimeo.com/channels/edgehillanimation. A selection of student showreels are available at vimeo.com/channels/edgehillshowreels.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

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

Who will be teaching you

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

Guest speakers will also contribute to programme delivery and develop your industry contacts. Recent guest speakers to the University include BBC (CBeebies/CBBC), Mackinnon and Saunders (Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie), Cubic Motion (Amazing Spiderman 2), Mainframe North and Studio Liddell, as well as speakers from Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick (Pip) and Factory TransMedia (Strange Hill High and Clangers).

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. The study or experience of Creative Arts subjects, for example Art, Graphics or Media, is preferred.

If you apply to join this degree and do not meet the UCAS Tariff requirements, we may invite you to submit a portfolio of work as evidence of your suitability for the course.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Creative EdgeAnimation students are based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17million building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for the Department of Creative Arts.

Key features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, animation studios, a photographic studio, radio studio and multimedia laboratory. Our innovative resources are designed to ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Dedicated support in the use of all creative media facilities is available through our Media Development Team.

Where you'll study

Creative Edge

Learning resources

Practical animation work is supported by four dedicated animation studios equipped with 24″ HD Cintiq Wacom Touch monitors, Rostrum camera stations, Rotational light-boxes, 3D Printer and industry standard software: Adobe Creative Suite (including Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, Flash), Toon Boom Storyboard Pro, Harmony Premium, Autodesk Maya, Cinema 4D, ZBrush and VRay. Mac studio facilities provide access to the latest editing and audio software (AVID ProTools 11, Apple Logic X, Propellerhead Reason 7, Adobe SoundBooth CE, Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate, and Sibelius).

The stop-motion studio is designed to professional standards, utilising Canon EOS 700D/850D with 18-135mm IS Lens, Dragon Frame, Dedo lighting and motion control camera movement technologies. For Foley-FX work and voiceover production, you will utilise our audio post-production studios which come equipped with AVID ProTools HDX digital recording systems with C|24 control surfaces, as well as Waves and IK Multimedia, and a range of microphones. There are also several dedicated rehearsal rooms which provide electronic keyboards and a range of acoustic and electric guitars, effects modules and practice amps.

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,000

a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

You’ll graduate with a degree endorsed by ScreenSkills and be ready to dive into this vibrant and creative industry. A broad range of career paths could await you. Our graduates have secured rewarding roles such as:

  • animator at nDreams
  • senior motion designer at Crucial-FX
  • 3D animator at Creative Soup
  • animator at Framestore
  • graphic designer at New Balance

Through this animation degree you’ll also have invaluable opportunities to network with members of the creative community that give a flavour of what the industry is really like.

Building a strong network within this burgeoning industry could set you up to find the animation career path best suited to your skills and interests.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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