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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

Create the characters and worlds of the future in our animation courses.

Let us nurture you in the art of visual communication. On our courses, You'll learn to develop narrative and character to strengthen and support visual imagery, investigating every aspect of storytelling from concept to published works. 

On our animation courses, you'll explore 2D, 2D digital, 3D, and stop motion production. You'll combine the new technology of motion capture and performance capture with the traditional principles of animation, while looking at character performance and focus on acting principles as you create sequences, films, and stings. 

If video games are more your thing, we have a specialist BA (Hons) Computer Games Animation course that’s for you. This focuses on the 3D modelling, motion capture, and cinematic character animation used within the gaming industry.  

What’s more, whatever you study you’ll be aided by visits from active businesses in the industry, to give you an insight into the real-world of animation. We'll also assist you with work placements, which will result in you leaving us with the skills and experience needed to excel in the creative industry.

On selected courses, we are offering a new way to complete your degree: using pathways. This is an alternative route that you can choose to take in the second year of your full-time undergraduate degree. It will tailor the modules you take in the rest of your course to focus on an area that you are passionate about, or want to base your future career around.



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.

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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