This flagship UCA animation course is one of the best in Europe. Established in 1972 by the British Oscar-winning animator Bob Godfrey, it was the first degree to specialise in the academic study of animation.
UCA BA Animatiion course alumni are second-to-none and include nine Oscar winners and nominees including Michael Dudok de Wit, Daniel Greaves and Suzie Templeton as well as numerous BAFTA and British Animation Award winners and nominees.
Many successful studios have been set up by our alumni including McKinnon & Saunders (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Corpse Bride etc.), Astley Baker Davies (Peppa Pig), Animade and the Moth Collective. This gives the course solid links to a wide range of creative talent, studios and potential employers.
The course itself is committed to the study and exploration of animated filmmaking. It encourages creativity and individuality through a broad definition of animation, which includes any technique that is created ‘frame by frame’.
We respect all well-established traditional approaches to animation whilst fully integrating all of the digital techniques and standards of a rapidly evolving industry.
Critical and Theoretical Studies (CTS) help develop an in depth understanding of animation, its practices and contexts, and support all of the studio practice.
Length of study:
Mode of Study:
Fall / Spring
The first year of the course units establishes a firm base for the acquisition and development of core animation skills. Through lectures, seminars, practical exercises, life drawing and workshops including ‘acting for animation’, sound production and digital skills you will learn how to apply animation skills creatively within a narrative context. Broad concepts of narrative structure and meaning are examined within an integrated course of theory and practice.
You will have the opportunity to work either individually or in teams to create short films with the aim of having them screened at international animation festivals. You will learn to pitch your ideas professionally and will also work on a live industry brief.
You will be encouraged to develop your own individual style through a hands-on approach to filmmaking that allows you the opportunity to explore your chosen specialisms. This will enable you to experience all aspects of film making, to identify your own interests and strengths and then develop your skills in these areas.
You will deepen your technical knowledge through specialist tuition and there will be an increased emphasis on the role of research to inform your practical and theoretical work.
In your final year you will define, through tutorial negotiation, the parameters of your practice and plan the objectives you wish to achieve. You will produce a treatment, undertake a professional pitch and produce a Graduation film that allows you to showcase your full range of production skills and techniques.
Throughout the first two stages of the course, you will have developed your critical understanding of animation and this will culminate in the production of a major dissertation.
Finally, you will showcase your work and achievements with an industry facing professional showreel and website.
For further info on how to apply or any other queries you may have please call our Admissions team on 7000 52 50 or fill in the contact form below and a member of staff will contact you as soon as possible.
That’s why your portfolio is an especially important part of your application to study with us; and we can help.
Our academics can offer you expert advice on how to showcase your creative work and build a portfolio that will make your application stand out.
More advice on how to create an exceptional portfolio is also available here, along with specific portfolio requirements for this course.
Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements** for this course are:
• 112 UCAS tariff points from accepted qualifications or
• Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4) or
• Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma or
• Merit at UAL Extended Diploma or
• 112 UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
• Secondary School leaving Certificate e.g. Apolytirion
And four GCSE (or equivalent) passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).
Other relevant and equivalent level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds apply.
If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.