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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, Computer Games 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.

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.

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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

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.

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.

Jack Woodvine
BA (Hons) Animation

Animation is always something I was interested in, and I chose to study it here knowing I would understand how to use my skills in a professional setting, as well as how I would arrive at a professional setting in the first place.

 As a digital animator, the Wacom Cintiq lab and the vast range of software have been invaluable to me and my work during my time at the University. 

The staff in the University have truly made the difference for me. The staff have always been willing to discuss my work and are incredibly helpful when it comes to things I might not fully understand. Most of all, they have helped me nurture and grow my set of skills over my time at the University. 

Kalina Kolchevska
BA (Hons) Animation

Staffs was an experience unlike any other. The 24 hour facilities in the library are a life savour. With added refreshments and hot drinks, it made the long 12 hours of work more enjoyable. That said, the facilities in our little section in Henrion are also incredibly useful. As animation software is expensive, they’ve made sure there are a good number of computers for the students. 

The staff are incredible. They’ve been there when I’ve asked for help and offered alternatives to any issues I had. To be honest, I don’t think I would have advanced as an animator or artist if they weren’t supporting me and pushing me to try new things. I owe a lot to them for that and I will forever be grateful. 

Janine Perkins
BA (Hons) Animation

When I came on the Open Day, seeing all of the facilities and having an interview with Stuart – the tutors are just really friendly and there’s like a family atmosphere that I find really positive.  

One of the most important things for me, because I’m a 2D Digital Animator, is the Cintiqs we have – the digital tablets. You as an individual you can’t really buy that kind of thing because they’re so expensive so having them on hand is really useful.  

Our staff

Stuart Messinger
Stuart MessingerSenior Lecturer (Tef)

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

Cat Hayes Stop Motion Animation and Puppet Making, 2015

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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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

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