Animation (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Animation (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

UCAS Code

3C58

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Contact UCLan

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

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

  • Duration:

    Four years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    3C58; Short form: Anim/FE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. 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.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

Applicants are required to attend a Selection Day when they will be interviewed with a portfolio. You will be sent an email by our Admissions Office asking you to book onto a selection day event. Further information on our Selection Day and portfolio interviews.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Approaches to Photography
  • Introduction to Filmmaking
  • Scriptwriting for Production
  • Film and Media Theory
  • Web Fundamentals

Continued

  • Extended Media Project
  • Audio and Video Technologies
  • Self-images: Identities, Diaries and Documents
  • Introduction to Animation and Games
  • Sound recording and Design

Year 2

  • AX1001 Introduction to Animation
  • AX1101 Skill Development & Software Training
  • AX1000 Contextual Studies in Animation
  • AX1111 Introduction to Life Drawing and Model Making

Year 3

  • AX2001 Animation Practice with Film Studies
  • AX2002 Animation Production with Narrative
  • AX2222 Advanced Life Drawing and Model Making

Year 4

  • AX3001 Animation research and Development
  • AX3002 Animation Production and Professional Awareness.

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 9 times in the Northwest and claimed a National award too over the last 12 years.

Winners Include:

Charlotte Blacker (Northwest and National): Little Red Plane
Ben Archer: Consumption
Robert Beard & Mathew French: Mime Square
Rachel West: Prometheus and the Moon
Kobir Miah: Finding Happiness
Ashley Collier: Felix
David Lambie: Frankenstein’s Daughter
Jake Blakeston: Matchstick Zombies

GREAT CREATIVE NORTHERN FESTIVAL UCLAN ANIMATION

Watch this video to hear what students, staff and professionals say about the course.



The Student Experience

Ben Archer

Ben won the RTS in 2015 with this brilliant film.

Facilities

 

The Rescue by Sam Taylor

Lancashire Arts Festival 2017 award winner – Ashley Collier

Animation Stop Motion Studio 1

Animation Stop Motion Studio 2


Examples of Student Pitch books: The Jenkins Family | James Hornby - Team Duck | Portraits


Opportunities

Students from this course have gone on to win various awards including the Royal Television Society Award and Redbull Awards. 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 has worked for Loose Moose and now is teaching our course in Hebei University, China. 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.

Other graduates have gone onto to work at companies such as Nintendo, The Factory, McKinnon and Saunders, Sony Pictures, TT Games, Soccer Manager, the BBC and many others.


Handbook

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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 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

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

cJAM: Media

Final year undergraduate and postgraduate media students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.  cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities.  The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

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.

DS16

Arriva North project

Here is the work of UCLan students for David Wilkinson at Arriva North.

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.

UCLan Animation on YouTube




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