3C58; Short form: Anim/FE
Preston (Campus code: U)
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.
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
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.
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.
Ben won the RTS in 2015 with this brilliant film.
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.
This September the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries is offering Foundation students a unique opportunity to ‘Futureproof’ their ambitions and gain a National qualification free of charge as part of your studies.
Futureproof includes the PEARL qualification, a national GQAL accredited certificate, that will enable you to transfer key skills that can be taken forward into all areas of life, especially employment or further study.
The course will open doors for you with creative businesses and offers you extra coaching and access to high profile industry professionals. You will get additional support to help you recognise your strengths and apply them in creative work environments.
The five areas PEARL focuses on are, self-awareness, social skills, managing feelings, empathy and motivation.
Join us now to be a part of this innovative learning experience!
The Quarter is a dedicated team located in the School of Art, Design and Fashion, representing the School's industry based activities. The team works with businesses who require creative support, to provide opportunities for students to work on live industry projects and long-term industrial placements as part of their degree.
To learn more about our School and the range of courses within it, go to our homepage. If you’d like to learn more about the successes and awards experienced by our students, staff and alumni, visit our news page.
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.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
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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:
Students also work with Preston City Council on a regular basis to create virals to promote what the council do.
This course is Industry Accredited by JAMES representing APRS, MPG and associate industry bodies. Accreditation of a course by relevant industry bodies provides assurance to students and employers of its potential and value.
The course is part of the new JAMES Integrated Learning Centre (ILC) at UCLan, which is one of only three in the country. The ILC encourages the development of student collaborations as well as working with other courses within the School of Journalism, Media and Performance, reflecting the way that the creative industries operate. Degree transcripts from this course will have mention of the JAMES accreditation, making our graduates stand out from the crowd and an attractive prospect for professional employment. More information is available on JAMES official website.
English Regions Skills Review 2015
UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:
The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).
At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.
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.
Here is the work of UCLan students for David Wilkinson at Arriva North.
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.
To see more of UCLan Animation students work, you can view their channel on YouTube.