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Animation

Pathways courses

Choose to focus on key fields of study within selected courses and tailor your degree

Industry-standard facilities

Hone your skills in the Stop Motion, Motion Capture and Animation Studios

Workplace learning

Take the opportunity to complete a work placement on every course

Do you have a favourite character from an animated film? Whether it’s Buzz Lightyear, a minion from Despicable Me, Jack Skellington or one of the Disney princesses, have you ever wondered what and who turns them into such likeable (or loathe-able) characters? 

Our BA (Hons) Animation course will transform you into one of these creators in industry, focusing on the development of character animation skills, while being supported by core competencies and collaborative skills. If you are drawn to the thought of giving life to inanimate objects using 2D, 3D and Stop Motion animation - this course is for you.

As a University, we are focused on employability, and our animation course is no different. During the course you’ll develop a professional showreel and portfolio that is in-line with both your own personal style and current industry needs and expectations.

Your first year of study will work on a variety of skills, while building a theoretical knowledge of animation, story art, asset creation, drawing and design. In the second and third years of the course, you’ll be encouraged to individually tailor the course to your own needs by selecting from key specialist modules, depending on your personal and career interests. You'll have access to industry standard animation software and equipment in support of your chosen specialism, with the majority of your time working in our professional animation studios and post-production facilities

Whether you choose to specialise in 3D Digital, 2D Digital Computer Games or Stop Motion animation, we’ll support you with industry level expertise, both in and out of the classroom. There will be opportunities to engage in public screening events, studio and gallery visits, international trips, and UK animation festival visits. Plus, our termly ‘Creative Intervention Workshops’, where all year groups collaboratively explore creative topics, will help you build the networks within the University that could last a lifetime.

You will receive recognition of your ‘pathway specialism’ on your degree certificate and your transcripts that will demonstrate to graduate recruiters the specialist skills and capabilities you have attained throughout your studies.

New for 2019, we have a professional studio facility called ‘in CUBE 8’ where students, supported by Technical staff, provide year-long animation services in response to Live Briefs and external client needs - a space for students to gain experience of production management and professional production skills.

Courses

Facilities

Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career. 

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

Our courses get you ready to produce work that gets you noticed, and we will give you the opportunity to have your work published on a range of digital medias. 

Our students

Jamie Bowen
Animation

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.

Our staff

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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Our graduates

Joel Townsend Stop-Motion Animation And Puppet-Making, 2013

Taking his creative and artistic interests through to a career in retail, Joel now works in the creative department of online retailer MatalanDirect.com.

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Cat Hayes Stop Motion Animation and Puppet Making

After touring film festivals with her own hit short animation, Coupling, Cat is now a prop maker for TV and film, and aiming to set up her own animation studio.

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