Undergraduate Animation and Comic Arts Degrees

Whether your passion lies in comic books or in animated stories, you'll find the right degree for you.

We'll nurture you in the art of visual communication on our degrees. You'll learn to develop narrative and character to strengthen and support visual imagery. Investigating every aspect of storytelling as you create from concept to published works.

On our Animation degrees, you'll explore 2D, 2D digital, and 3D, as well as stop motion production. You'll look at character performance and focus on acting principles as you create sequences, films, and stings.

On our Cartoon and Comic Arts degree, you'll design, draw, write and publish comics. You'll also experience advertising and marketing your products. You'll attend the UK's largest Comic Con MCM, where you'll be able to sell your work and network with professional artists.

You won't just learn from our industry professionals. You'll learn from visiting lecturers from Marvel, DC and Dark Horse. Meet with great people from Aardman Animations, Sky ARTS, and Carse and Waterman. And guest storyboarders, designers, cartoonists, illustrators will give you the broadest possible expertise. We'll also assist you with work placements. These ensure you graduate with the skills and experience needed in the creative industries.

Courses

What our staff and students say

I want to say a big thank you for everything you helped me with over the past three years, you've been great! I would never have heard of Cinesite if you hadn't had them in to talk about the Inspire Intern Programme, so keep those great contacts coming in for future second and third years.

Becki Wilson - Animation Graduate working at Industrial Light and Magic

The most exciting time for me has been meeting some amazing industry professionals - including Simon Tofield (creator of Simons Cat), Oscar-nominated/award winning directors Sam Fell (ParaNorman), Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) and Mark Andrews (Brave). I've also worked with local animation companies - starting as an intern and now on a part-time basis, employed as a Rigging TD.

Jamie Bowen - Animation

I didn't think there was anywhere that did a comics degree. In the past, you've always had to go into illustration, graphics or animation to get somewhere in the field. The style of tuition on the course is very hands-on, there's also plenty of opportunity for students to gain advice from guest lecturers - professional artists at the top of their field.

Jack Baker - Cartoon and Comic Arts

Facilities

Whether you're studying Stop-Motion Animation and Puppet Making or Animation you'll study using industry facilities and environments.

CGI Workshop

The centre of post-production in the animation department boasting a number of Apple edit suites and relevant animation software.


Stop Motion Studios

Fully equipped with camera rigs, lighting kits and computers with Stop Motion Pro HD software for frame by frame capturing.


Motion Capture Studios

We have a chroma green infinity wall and professional lighting rig for students to film themselves interacting with animated characters.


Animation Studios

These offer a range facilities including a large screen with Blu-Ray/DVD Player and high-quality surround sound for projecting films and student work.


Careers

Our graduates work around the globe. With Aardman Animations, Ragdoll Productions, Mackinnon & Saunders, Double Negative, Marvel UK and DC Comics among their homes.

Many students choose to set up in business or freelance when they graduate. That's why we'll make sure you're equipped with strong enterprise and entrepreneurial skills. Our students have already sold work at MCM Expo and the London Super Comic Convention. We're now looking to exhibit in Europe, the United States (New York Comic Con and San Diego Comic Con) and Asia.

During your time on the Animation courses you are encouraged to form industry contacts through working on collaborative projects, live client-based briefs and attending and participating at film and animation festivals. Recent projects include short films, stings and motion graphic idents for broadcast channels including Sky Arts Sting Competitions and the British Animation Awards.

Employment Opportunities:

Our students have secured work with and as:

  • Mackinnon and Saunders
  • ITV Studios
  • Rushes Post-production
  • MPC
  • Cinesite
  • Chapman Entertainment
  • Sega
  • Ragdoll
  • Aardman Animations
  • BBC
  • Freelance cartoonist
  • Magazine Illustrator
  • Film storyboard artist
  • Games design
  • Stop Motion Animator
  • Articulated Puppet Maker
  • Advertising
  • Concept Designer
  • Newspaper Illustrator

Guaranteed Work Experience

Who says students have never done a day's work? We provide the opportunity of work experience for all new students joining us in September.

This work experience may be closely linked to your course, or it could be a broader experience designed to develop your employability skills. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience.

Our degrees get you ready to produce work that gets you noticed. Our Cartoon and Comic Arts students have their work published in a range of publications. These include The Mail and Star, Guardian Newspaper, Metro, and the Big Issue. They've also worked for publishing companies. Broken Frontiers and Comic Book Slumber Party to name a few.

A lot of our students work with the small press and sell their work at conventions up and down the UK.

Work Experience Opportunities

Students on Animation degrees have worked with:

  • Glorious Creative, Manchester.
  • Love Design, Manchester.
  • Coley Porter Bell, London.
  • Ranch graphic design, London.
  • Jackson Hammond, Stoke-on-Trent.
  • The Holman Group, Manchester.
  • Mother Advertising, London.
  • 300 Million, London.
  • Saatchi & Saatchi, London.
  • Dinosaur, Manchester.
  • The Sunday Times.