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
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.
Student brief: BA (Hons) History at UCLan Animation
This animation was produced by second year students Harry Leatherland, Edward Chang and Hao Sha as part of a live brief assessed project in 2019/20. Students on the BA (Hons) Animation course were asked to come up with a concept and final animation for promoting the BA (Hons) History course to prospective applicants.
Student brief: Journalism at UCLan animation
This animation was produced by second year students Bee Joy, Alex Boot and Jake Powell-Foster as part of a live brief assessed project in 2019/20. Students on the BA (Hons) Animation course were asked to come up with a concept and final animation for promoting the three Journalism courses to prospective applicants.
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.
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.
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
Watch this video to hear what students, staff and professionals say about the course.
Ben won the RTS in 2015 with this brilliant film.
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.
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.
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:
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.