BA (Hons) Animation (with Foundation Year)

Course details

  • UCAS Code259D
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 4 YRS (FT)
  • UCAS Tariff 48-72
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
A student arranges props and models for a stop-motion animation shoot

Course Highlights

Partnership

with TechUpandGo, providing direct links to live 3D animation projects

Access

to Wacom Cintiq tablets and a purpose-built stop motion studio

Develop

your skills in 2D, 3D and stop motion animation

Why choose this course?

This course offers a practical programme of study, enabling you to bring characters to life. This specialised Animation programme will transform you into a versatile creative in the art of the moving image. Designed and developed from the ground up with employability as the core aim, you will develop skills in 2D, 3D and stop motion animation.

You will finish your studies with the professional skills and creative thinking strategies to pursue a career within animation studios, work as a freelance artist, or start your own studio.

Students will:

  • Learn the principles of visual communication and drawing and apply them to character design, background design, storyboarding and scene layout.
  • Explore the principles of animation with a focus on 2D digital techniques.
  • Work in teams on a short film to be submitted to film festivals, both nationally and internationally.
  • Practice character animation using 3D techniques to build up a professional show reel.
  • Specialise and develop a final degree project that will push on the boundaries of your skills to ensure you stand out from the crowd in the job market.
  • *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated 1st in the UK for satisfaction with assessment, 2nd in Wales for career prospects and 3rd in Wales for satisfaction with teaching and satisfaction with the course in the Design and Crafts subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
  • *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated 8th in the UK for teaching quality and 3rd in wales for student experience in the Art and Design subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Your studies will see you gain experience in digital skills and techniques used to bring your imagination from ideas to screen through, 2D Animation, 3D Animation, and stop motion animation, depending on which you choose to specialise in.

You can also choose to study this course as a three year degree (without the foundation year) BA (Hons) Animation  UCAS code: 259B or as a four-year integrated masters option MDes Animation UCAS code: 259C

Student working on tablet

Key course features

  • Official partnership with http://TechUpandGo.com with direct links to live 3D Animation projects.
  • Latest industry-standard software used such as Autodesk Maya, Toon Boom Harmony, Dragon Frame and the Creative Cloud suite.
  • Access to Wacom Cintiq tablets and a purpose-built stop motion studio.
  • Industry-focused visits to gain first-hand insight into how creative media companies function and the variety of employment opportunities that are available in the development of your career aspirations. There are also other study trips to festivals and expos.
  • Opportunities to enter competitions.
  • There is strong pastoral care within a friendly creative community with an emphasis on team building and collaborative work.
  • Contact time with tutors is high with enthusiastic and supportive staff who are knowledgeable, research-active practitioners.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 1st in the UK for satisfaction with assessment, 2nd in Wales for career prospects and 3rd in Wales for satisfaction with teaching and satisfaction with the course in the Design and Crafts subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 8th in the UK for teaching quality and 3rd in wales for student experience in the Art and Design subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

What you will study

The programme will give you experience creating animated projects from initial ideas to final results.

You will learn to apply the principles of animation using diverse techniques. Such as 2D drawn, 2D digital animation, motion graphics and 3D animation. You will acquire industry standard software skills and the creative strategies to be able to develop professional experimental projects as well as client briefs. The course aims to provide you with a showreel that will allow you to start a freelance professional activity, apply for post-graduate studies, and enter the animation industry.

YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

The foundation year will introduce you to the key elements of art and design, including design practice, applied and fine art. You will explore the creative thought process relating to various art and design disciplines, developing your ability to put ideas down on paper quickly. There will be a range of practical assignments which will increase your recognition of strong ideas and original concepts.

MODULES

  • Introduction to Art and Design
  • Introduction to Applied Art
  • Introduction to Fine Art
  • Creative Thinking
  • The Skills You Need
  • Contextual Studies 

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)

MODULES 

This year has an emphasis on drawing and designing the creative process. You will learn to generate ideas, research inspiring references, create engaging final images of character design sheets, backgrounds, and storyboards.

  • History & Context: Animation (20 Credits)
  • Creative Futures: Professional Studio Practice (20 Credits)
  • Principles of Animation (20 Credits)
  • Visual Communication (20 Credits)
  • 3D Animation (20 Credits)
  • Creative Writing for Visual Narrative (20 Credits)

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)

MODULES

  • Critical Thinking (20 Credits)
  • Creative Futures: Business Fundamentals (20 Credits)
  • Character in Context (20 Credits)
  • Character Animation (20 Credits)
  • Short Film (40 Credits)

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6) 

MODULES

  • Research & Application (20 Credits)
  • Creative Futures: Entrepreneurial Practice (20 Credits)
  • Negotiated Practice (40 Credits)
  • Animation Degree Project (40 Credits)

 

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

UCAS code: 259D

Our general entry requirement for the foundation year is 48-72 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications as well as motivation and potential to succeed.

The programme welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the potential to complete their chosen programme successfully. This can be established by showing appropriate academic achievements or by demonstrating that they possess the knowledge and ability equivalent to the academic qualifications.

Candidates may be interviewed and asked to display a portfolio of their work. Experience may also be taken into consideration depending on the extent and depth of such subject knowledge. Students from overseas, or who are unable to attend an interview, are asked to send their portfolio of work digitally for consideration.

An admissions tutor considers each application individually. Different qualifications are considered, including Scottish Higher, Irish Leaving Certificate, the Welsh Baccalaureate, the International Baccalaureate, Access courses, BTEC, VCE, GNVQ, A and AS levels as well as other overseas qualifications.

Teaching & Assessment

There are no set exams. Assessment is continuous and relates to all aspects of the programme, providing more carefully defined emphasis on formative assessment and feedback on your coursework throughout the academic year. We will advise you on your level of attainment and direct you towards a strategy for further progression as you complete assignments and modules.

There are varied formats of assessment to encourage your learning through group seminars, critiques and tutorials. This can be through group interaction with critical analysis where you will submit a range of work including sketchbooks, design sheets, finished artwork, 3D work, screen based work, technical/ production files, journals, essays and audio-visual presentations. There are reviews of work at key points before Christmas and before Easter and this provides time for you to reflect on your progress prior to a final or summative year end assessment.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

On this course teaching and learning is designed to support students from a variety of backgrounds with diverse needs and to promote the supportive learning environment and pastoral care the School of Art and Design provides. Timetabling is developed to help learning teaching and assessment methodologies and provide clear and effective feedback to students. Contact hours are 16 per week in year 1, 14 per week in year 2 and 12 per week in year 3.

The programme is structured to enable you to work in a multidisciplinary manner, to be flexible and enable you to develop individually. This is supported by a personal tutor / tutorials system that provides you with guidance throughout all aspects of the programme.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers and Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Emphasis is placed on your personal and professional development, communication and entrepreneurial skills, so that you are well equipped to enter a diverse and rapidly changing industry. Our graduates have gone on to work for companies like the BBC, Channel 4, S4C, Disney, Molinare, McKinnon & Saunders, Passion Pictures, Asylum Models and Effects, EA Games and Traveller’s Tales, taking leading roles such as senior designers, VFX artist/animators, working on titles such as A Bug’s Life, The Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie and the Harry Potter series games.

Career opportunities exist in all areas of animation, including: concept artists, storyboard artists, assistant animators, freelance animators, character designers, game artists, interactive developers, environment and background artists, freelance visualisers, model making, set design, digital media texture art, digital painting, compositing, lighting, rigging, visual effects and post-production.

This degree also allows you to gain a range of transferable skills that can lead to a variety of employment opportunities. Further study opportunities are also available at MDes / MA or PGCE level.

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs.

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section