From day one, projects focus on the specialist skills needed to create animated films. 3D stop-motion, model-making and puppet production, 2D cell, illustrative and computer-generated animation are covered. Technical competence is important, but you will also be encouraged to express your own creativity and will have the chance to work on ‘live’ projects from industry.
You will benefit from the experience of experienced professionals who remain active in the Animation industry. 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.
Animation at UCLan enjoys a good reputation and for the past four years our students have been winners of Royal Television Society regional prizes. In 2010-2011 a UCLan student won the national final for best undergraduate film in the country.
Full time and Part time
Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years
School of Art, Design and Performance
No Partner College
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.
To download the Programme Specification for this course, please click here.
The students are given opportunities to work on individual projects as well as 'live' projects in groups for real companies. At the end of the final year, your work will be exhibited in a public degree show screening open to industry professionals.
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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.
Throughout the course your learning will be enhanced by highly regarded industry professionals, whose expertise we utilise in a series of visiting lecturers. These include:
We have close links with the following. Students have had placements with Loose Moose
Year 2 have worked with Preston council on a regular basis to create virals every year to promote what the council do. The council are so impressed we are doing it again.
Year 2 students have also worked with animation company Chog Zoo to promote their company. Scott Waddington won the CGI category with this film and has won a work placement at The Mill.
Matt Greaves was commissioned to do some animation work on an internet mini series called "Nightmare On Parent Street." It's a sketch show about the trials and tribulations of parenthood.
Rebecca Gaunt worked as an intern for the UCLan School of Journalism, working on motion capture research and animation.
Robert Beard is working with Preston council developing an animation series.
Joanna Edwards is developing her third year futures animation pitch with Mackinnon and Saunders plus animating an advert for North West Air Ambulance.
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. These trips have been paid for by the University. There are opportunities to go to Greece too.
Charlotte Blacker won the RTS award for best undergraduate film in the country; she is currently working at Loose Moose in London. She is currently on the MA. Her graduation film the Little Red Plane has been shown in various films festivals including The children’s Festival in New York. She is going to Seattle in March to run a workshop there as well as screen her film. She is currently much in demand in the USA for series work and short animated films.
Liz Metcalf has been doing concept design for Nintendo. 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 into to work at companies such as the BBC and McKinnon and Saunders.
UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.
If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.
UCAS Code: WW27
Short Form of Course: BA/Anim
Institution Code Name: CLANC
Institution Code: C30
Campus Site: U
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United KingdomWW27