BA (Hons)

Animation

  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September
  • Course duration: Three years full-time

This cutting-edge course will give you the chance to learn about animation and explore it in a way that reflects current art and industry practice.  You’ll have the opportunity to study the broadest range of disciplines including drawing, writing, 2D and 3D animation, character design, storyboarding, scoring, and directing.

By the end of the course you will have developed a thesis short animation and a professional show reel, tailored to your own career aspirations, and be ready to launch your creative career as an animator.

Key features:

  • Explore the whole subject area of animation – from drawing and writing to storyboarding and direction.
  • Take part in live projects and competitions, giving you exposure to the industry.
  • Have access to industry-standard equipment and software such as Autodesk's Maya, TVPaint and Dragonframe.
  • Learn from course staff with industry experience and expertise in areas such as scriptwriting and sequential drawing.
  • Complete short periods of work experience, to help you gain professional experience and skills.
  • Apply to go on an overseas exchange to a partner university in Europe through the Erasmus programme.
  • Exhibit your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham in your final year.
  • Be selected to showcase your work at international film festivals.
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Student work
Work by our BA (Hons) Animation students

What you'll study

  • Year One

    Understanding Animation (100 credit points)
    You'll learn how image sequences make animation and how story boards and scene progression help the audience believe in the characters on screen. You'll look at animation software and workflows and how to design for movement, considering movement theory, timing, spacing, weight and impact, and how things jump and walk. You'll learn about script writing and character development for animation, think about film language and cinematography and how these are developed through story boards for animation productions. You'll look at audio and working with actors for animation and film.

    Animation Studies 1 (20 credit points)
    You'll learn about the context of modern animation, its history and its place within film studies. You will explore animation's relationship with its audience, and how communication and story-telling take place.

  • Year Two

    Animation Studio (100 credit points)
    In Term One, through tutorials, seminars, lectures and masterclasses, you'll write, design and animate a single character that demonstrates specific character traits. This will help you to develop critical and technical skills, and group critiques and audience testing will give you feedback on your work. In Term Two you'll develop multiple characters, concentrating on interaction, action and reaction, thinking and moving. In Term Three you'll complete a large final project, in groups, working to a commercial brief and pitching to a client.

    Animation Studies 2 (20 credit points)
    You'll explore the idea of graphical storytelling and its relationship to animation. You'll focus on the frame, and what it means across a range of related media, and how control of the frame empowers the animator.

  • Final year

    Thesis Film (120 credit points)
    You'll continue to develop your skills in preproduction, production and post-production. You'll conceive and produce animated works for your portfolio, that demonstrate a full range of studio skills and critical understanding of the animated form. Emphasis will be placed on acting and performance, producing animated works that communicate narratives suitable for the portfolio of an animation professional, or for submission to animation festivals.

    A critical document will be developed alongside your animation. This piece of illustrated writing will explore the cultural and conceptual background of your thesis film. It will explore character and meaning, story, and message.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Explore the whole subject of animation - from drawing and writing to story boarding and direction.

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures and briefings
  • studio workshops
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • peer and self-evaluations
  • verbal and visual presentations
  • teamwork
  • live projects and competitions
  • study trips
  • personal development planning.

Assessment

Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade. You will receive feedback throughout.

Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • 2D visual research
  • sketchbooks and design development work
  • 3D development work and final animation
  • portfolio work
  • reports and evaluations
  • essays
  • dissertation or alternative projects
  • visual and verbal presentations.

Exchange opportunities

The University is part of the Erasmus programme and has agreements with a number of partner institutions throughout Europe.

If you're thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus is a great way of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, learning a new language and gaining a study experience which will enhance your CV. Exchanges usually take place during Year Two of your studies.

Degree Show

You will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.

Take part in live projects and competitions, giving you exposure to the industry.

Careers and employability

The School of Art & Design has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 93% of our undergraduate students in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE 2014-15)

Employability is a key focus of this course, with modules including initiatives, such as live projects and the opportunity to exhibit your work, to help enhance your future career.

This course will prepare you to work in the digital media field, in areas such as feature films, television, heritage interpretation, advertising and games production.

You will also develop transferable skills for alternative careers in teaching, retailing, media, and freelance design.

YouFirst – working with our Employability Team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.

Work placement and internship opportunities

You will be actively encouraged and supported to undertake informal work experience and professional practice in addition to your studies.

You will normally complete these placements during holiday times, but you will have the option of taking up to two weeks out of term time which you can negotiate with your tutor.

Our teaching staff, including part-time lecturers who are professionally active, help and support students in directing them towards work placement and professional practice opportunities.

Be encourage to complete short periods of work experience to help you gain professional experience and skills.

Have access to industry-standard equipment and software including Maya, TVPaint, and Dragonframe.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels  or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs - English and Maths or Science grade C.

Other requirements

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff has changed for 2017 entry. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs - English and Maths or Science grade C.

Other requirements

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff has changed for 2017 entry. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can prepare for this course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City site and NTIC can use all of the University's facilities.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You'll find our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests here. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students which are full of advice and information about to the University.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives in your country.

You'll need a creative portfolio to apply for this course.

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form and, where invited, online work submission, interview and portfolio.

If you are invited to attend an interview at the University, you will need to bring your portfolio with you for assessment. For more information about what we look for during an interview, and some useful tips for your portfolio, download our BA (Hons) Animation interview and portfolio information.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements. You must, however, have a portfolio to present at interview.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the international entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form and, where applicable, online work submission, interview and portfolio.

If you are resident in the UK and invited to attend an interview at the University, you will need to bring your portfolio with you for assessment. For more information about what we look for during an interview, and some useful tips for your portfolio, download our BA (Hons) Animation interview and portfolio information.

If you aren't resident in the UK we'll ask you to make an online work submission. Download our BA (Hons) Animation work submission information.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements. You must, however, have a portfolio to present at interview.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students which are full of advice and information about to the University.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives in your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In
addition to expert tuition and access to our first class workshop and IT resources,
you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies;
  • £100 print/materials credit for each year of your course (maximum three years) for use
    within Bonington art shop, College workshops and College print facilities;
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops / laboratories;
  • Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) as required;
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable);
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable); and
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance within NTU print shops and library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables.

Where optional study visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those international students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our International students page for information about fees, scholarships for international students, visas and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In
addition to expert tuition and access to our first class workshop and IT resources,
you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies;
  • £100 print/materials credit for each year of your course (maximum three years) for use
    within Bonington art shop, College workshops and College print facilities;
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops / laboratories;
  • Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) as required;
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable);
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable); and
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance within NTU print shops and library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables.

Where optional study visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418