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UCAS Code

WW27

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    WW27; Short form: BA/Anim

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Are you looking to capture the imagination of an audience? Our Animation degree will help you develop the practical skills and technical expertise you need to create your own film by the end of the course. You will be encouraged to express your own creativity and ideas and thanks to our close links with employers, there’s the chance to work on ‘live’ projects from industry so that you know your skills are relevant - indeed Course Leader Sarah Kennedy works on animated kids programme, Peppa Pig. You will be creating in the studio from day one, using the very latest animation software, for which UCLan is one of only four institutions in the country to have a tailor-made programme.

Foundation Entry
If you are keen to study this programme but do not meet the entry requirements, take a look at the Foundation Entry route:
BA (Hons) Animation (Foundation Entry)

Entry Requirements

Course specific entry requirements:

BBC-BBB at A2. DMM-DDM At BTEC.

All applicants will be invited into the School for an interview with a portfolio of work containing evidence of drawing ability and ideas.

For your interview please bring with you a brief portfolio of your best work – this should show a broad range of skills to support your application for the above course and include example drawings/sketches. Both personal projects as well as any coursework you may have are welcomed. Portfolios can be either on paper or digitally or both. Please ensure that all portfolios are clearly named. Digital portfolios must be on CDs / Pen Drives and suitable for MAC / PC access.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Introduction to Animation
  • Creative Thinking
  • Historical Contextual Studies

Year 2

  • Animation Exploration
  • Animation Production
  • Contemporary Contextual Studies

Year 3

  • Honours Project
  • Animation Research and Development
  • Animation Production
  • Contextual Studies - Design Futures

Further Information

Our BA (Hons) Animation degree is a unique course designed to help you create animated characters and narrative that not only capture the imagination of an audience but have an awareness of the social and cultural place within that art form. This distinctive course is rooted in creative thinking and self-expression accompanied by a good technical knowledge of current industry practices, including script writing, character design, storyboarding, animating, editing and sound design.

Animation at UCLan enjoys an excellent reputation, and for the past four years, our students have been winners of Royal Television Society regional prizes. In 2011, a UCLan student won the national final for best undergraduate film in the country. By working on ‘live’ client briefs for organisations such as the NHS and Preston City Council, you will gain vital employability skills such as knowledge of how to work with a client and overcoming hurdles met by professional animators. Animation is flourishing due to government support and, thanks to UCLan’s close proximity to Media City, there’s no better place to study animation.

Examples of Student Pitch books:

The Jenkins Family (.pdf 16MB)

James Hornby - Team Duck (.pdf 11.5MB)

Portraits (.pdf 4.35MB)

Programme Specification

To read about the course in more depth, please download the programme specification.

Apply Now

Complete your application for 2015 entry before the UCAS deadline of 15th January 2015.

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees

Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)

Further information:

Industry Links

We are currently in the process of creating and delivering a course for creative skillset teaching professionals CelAction. This is a new software for animation which was developed by Mark Baker and Neville Astley who created Peppa Pig. We are the first University to have 40 licenses.

You are given opportunities to work on individual projects, as well as group 'live briefs' for real companies. Some students have been offered work placements and have landed full-time work as a result.We have close links with the following:

Astley Baker Davies
Barrow Models
Mackinnon and Saunders
Loose Moose
Chog Zoo

Year 2 students also work with Preston City Council on a regular basis to create virals to promote what the council do.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Tuition is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and student-centred practice within the workshops and filming facility. Staff contact time is 10 hours per week per double module, and you may access facilities from 8am to 8pm daily.

Assessment is 100 per cent coursework. including group work and formative assessment. The module culminates in a final assessment at which all work produced during the module will be presented.

Opportunities

Students from this course have gone on to win various awards including the Royal Television Society Award for animation for the last two years. Our graduates enjoy careers as animators, model-makers, editors, directors, script writers, set designers, and sound designers.

Charlotte Blacker won the RTS award for best undergraduate film in the country; she is currently working at Loose Moose in London. Her graduation film the 'Little Red Plane' has been shown in various films festivals, including The Children’s Festival in New York. She is much in demand in the USA for series work and short animated films.

Kyle Webster and Andrew Jolly have started their own successful animation company Chog Zoo. Talib Kadhim and Sarah Kadhim have also started their own award-winning company Back2front, which has offices in Teeside and London.

Other graduates have gone onto to work at companies such as Nintendo, the BBC and McKinnon and Saunders.

The animation course is run in both Jiangnan University in China and Thessalonika in Greece. There have been regular trips for both students and staff to visit Jiangnan University in China to enable joint projects, which have been paid for by the university.

Facilities

Course teaching is supported by fantastic animation facilities and studios catering for CGI, stop frame, 2D, illustrative, set building, model-making and sound recording, editing, and sound design.