Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W616
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019
September 2019 – June 2020 (dates to be confirmed)


With a focus on character, performance and storytelling, our Animation degree prepares you for the vibrant and innovative world of the moving image industries.

Our Animation students engage with a range of animation practices including traditional methods of filmmaking through to the latest industry-facing technology.

With a focus on character, performance and short-form storytelling we prepare you for the vibrant and innovative world of the moving image industries.

The thrill of creating the ‘illusion of life’ is always a rewarding one. If you love the thought of giving life to inanimate objects using 2D, 3D and stop motion animation - whether they are hand drawn pictures, a stop motion puppet, CGI models or found objects - this course could be for you.

With a score of 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016, we pride ourselves on creating a professional and commercial studio environment in which our students can flourish.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Animation

Course content

You’ll cover topics such as drawing, sequential image making, 2D and 3D animation, character development and performance, storytelling, editing and the historical and contemporary context of animation. We place an importance on ideas generation and communicating these concepts to your peers, preparing you for pitches and proposals in an industry environment.

You’ll learn through specialist lectures, technical demonstrations and seminars, focusing on acting principles through the creation of professionally crafted animation using industry-recognised technologies.

The creation of engaging, broadcast quality animated sequences, short films and stings will be a key part of this course.


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Animation Fundamentals Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Applied Timing and Movement Compulsory
Animated Film Language Compulsory
Sculpture for Animation Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Character Animation Implementation Compulsory
Audio, Sound and Score for Animation Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Film Shorts and Stings Compulsory
Animation Debates Compulsory
Experimental Animation Optional
Digital Compositing (Intermediate) Optional
From Script to Screen Optional
Animation Collaboration Brief Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Individual Short Animation Compulsory
Animation Futures & Destinations Compulsory
Animation Declarations Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Final Major Signature Project Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.