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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    WW27; Short form: BA/Anim

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Are you looking to capture the imagination of an audience? Our award-winning 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 2016/17

260 points at A2
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access To HE: 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate: 28P
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSEs: 5 at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent

UCLan Open Day

Experience UCLan for yourself: talk to lecturers, walk around campus and chat to students.

12th June 2016

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 six years, our students have been winners of Royal Television Society regional prizes.  By working on ‘live’ client briefs for organisations such as the NHS and Preston City Council, you will gain vital employ-ability 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 MediaCityUK, there’s no better place to study animation.

Royal Television Society

The Royal Television Society (RTS) is Britain’s leading forum for television and related media.  Each year, the RTS organise a series of regional student awards; UCLan’s animation students have won the best undergraduate animated film for the past six years. The winner for 2015 was Ben Archer with his film ‘Consumption’ and Zak Wood was also nominated for his film ‘How to survive horror movie clichés’. Ben received his award from Louise Minchin and Dan Walker at the prestigious awards ceremony in MediaCityUK; Ben and Zak’s films can be viewed here and all of UCLan’s winning and nominated films since 2008 can be viewed here.

Examples of Student Pitch books:

The Jenkins Family (.pdf 16MB)

James Hornby - Team Duck (.pdf 11.5MB)

Portraits (.pdf 4.35MB)


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.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
2015 Entry | 2016 Entry

Apply Now

Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400


The full list of modules indicated on this course page are for information purposes only. Certain modules may not be delivered every year and delivery might be dependent on the number of students selecting a given module. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this course, you are accepting that it is possible that not all of these module options will be available. At (or before) the start of each academic year, you will have an opportunity to discuss your course and preferred module options with your tutor. The University will then do all it reasonably can to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred module options.

Fees 2016/17

Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,500 per 20 credit module (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2015/16 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

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.


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.

UCLan Animation on YouTube

To see more of UCLan Animation students work, you can view their channel on YouTube.