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Animation

BA (Hons)

Work placements

Get practical career experience in relevant business sectors

Excellent facilities

Including Animation Studios, Stop Motion Studios and CGI Workshop

Expert teaching team

Our academic staff have varied industry experience

UCAS code:
W616
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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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

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.

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.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Animation Fundamentals
Applied Timing and Movement
Animated Film Language
Sculpture for Animation
Year 2 compulsory modules
Character Animation Implementation
Audio, Sound and Score for Animation
Film Shorts and Stings
Animation Debates
Year 3 compulsory modules
Individual Short Animation
Animation Futures & Destinations
Animation Declarations
Final Major Signature Project

Entry requirements

We use UCAS points in our offer making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design: Merit if taken

All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.

We use UCAS points in our offer making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design: Merit if taken

All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.

Facilities

Careers

Graduates from our Animation degree have moved into a diverse range of careers within animation and film. Many are employed by international studios such as Boulder Media, Aardman Feature Animation, FWD, Ragdoll Productions, Double Negative and Cinesite.

In the British Animation Awards 2016, two of our graduates’ films were selected for the Public Choice Award.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

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.

Stuart Messinger
Stuart MessingerCourse Leader

Stuart worked on a wide range of industry projects before joining Staffordshire University, from Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids to the Harry Potter franchise and Aardman Animations’ The Pirates!

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Our students

about
Gary Carse & Daniel Waterman
Animation graduates

We started our business whilst at university and couldn’t have done that without the support of Staffordshire University. They have a really forward-thinking attitude and allow students to achieve what they are capable of. The experience we had was a bit like working at Facebook or Google; they really created the right vibe.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
17 September 2018
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
09 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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