Animation BA (Hons)

Our award-winning Animation degree covers stop motion, 2D animation and 3D digital animation that 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 – taught by industry professionals who all currently work in their specialist areas will guide you to create a professional body of work that puts you in line with industry demand for which UCLan is one of only few institutions in the country to have a tailor-made programme that suites you. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • UCLan Animation students have been North West Royal Television Society Student Award winners eight times regionals and 1 win in the nationals.
  • The University is one of only four institutions in the country to provide Skillset funded training for professional animators in CelAction software.
  • Through working on live client briefs for organisations such as the NHS and Preston City Council, you will gain vital employability skills.

Course Overview

Year 1

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

Year 2

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

Year 3

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 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, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore 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.

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

Points calculator

Further Information

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Games Design and Animation Virtual Degree Show

Welcome to UCLan's first Games Design and Animation Virtual Degree Show, where we will be showcasing the talents of our final year students’ Degree Show projects. Please join us as we celebrate the work of the Class of 2020.

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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.

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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.

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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


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

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The Student Experience

Ben Archer

Ben won the RTS in 2015 with this brilliant film.



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


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.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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Check out our industry links

We have developed the course so that it aligns itself better with industry demand and recognises the gaps within the sector. The course is designed to maximise your way forward into the entertainment and media industry and we work together with studios and professionals to provide opportunities for our students to kickstart their career.

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.

Speakers who have visited the course include:

  • Barry Purves
  • Jud Walton
  • Tristan Oliver
  • Tracy Shaw
  • Kevin Spruce
  • Ere Santos
  • Linda McCarthy
  • John Turner

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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.

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Our Course 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.

Dedicated facilities for animation include: Base Room 1 that includes a teaching area and 4 stop motion studios with lighting rigs, Base Room 2 fitted with high spec PC’s running specialist software like Toonboom, Dragonframe, Maya, Zbrush, Adobe creative and more. 3 more stop motion studio spaces, 2 edit suites housing high end PCs and Wacom Cintiqs. A Cintiq Suite fitted in with high spec PCs with 3 24” Wacom Cintiqs, 2 rostrum suites for traditional animation and stop motion, 3D printing and scanning suite, Sound recording studio and a mini workshop.

Dedicated and specialist equipment includes 24” Wacom Cintiqs, 13” Cintiq for loans, Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras, graphic tablets, camera lenses, lightboxes and more.

Course Enquiries

Telephone us: +44(0)1772 892400
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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.