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Anglia Ruskin University

Illustration and Animation [with Foundation Year]

UCAS Code: WW27

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Subject

Illustration

Become a skilled and versatile animator, illustrator or interactive comic artist at Cambridge School of Art, and turn your creative ideas into a rewarding career as visual storyteller.

Develop your distinctive visual language in our supportive and vibrant studio culture. Our BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation course explores the connections between illustration and animation, helping you to create sequential narratives using a variety of methods from observational drawing and traditional handmade image-making to the latest specialist digital animation software and cutting-edge interactive techniques. You’ll become an experienced creator of innovative and engaging visual content using both traditional processes and digital technologies to communicate your ideas. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll get the time, guidance and support from our team of practising illustrators, animators and visiting professionals dedicated to your creative development.

At Cambridge School of Art, you’ll experiment and discover, make mistakes and find solutions, develop and create. Our Design & Crafts courses ranked 8th in the UK for 'Satisfied with Course' and 3rd for 'Satisfied with Teaching' in The Guardian University Guide 2020, reflecting how our students value their experience at Cambridge School of Art.

While developing a unique visual style, you’ll also focus on the core foundations: studying the world around you, refining your drawing skills and learning to tell stories through moving images.

You’ll go on group reportage drawing trips, with opportunities to visit museums, galleries and animation festivals in the UK and overseas. You’ll find lots of visual inspiration in Cambridge from the Botanic Gardens to the art collection in the Fitzwilliam Museum as well as the city’s architectural beauty and vibrant culture and student life.

You’ll be able to take advantage of our industry relationships, and the networks we’ve built with local and international animators, illustrators and production studios. Competitions and opportunities for live projects with animation studios (previous clients have included Curveball Media and Allia Future Business Centre) will help you build a strong body of work ready for a professional career in the creative industry. You’ll also receive ongoing support to find placements and work experience, develop a professional showreel, and present your work at festivals and fairs.

As well as our dedicated animation base rooms with workstations for stop motion and digital animation, you’ll have use of Mac and PC suites; a dedicated stop motion studio; a printmaking workshop including etching, screen printing, lithography and relief presses, letterpress studios; 3D workshops with equipment for woodwork, plastics/vacuum forming, metalwork, plaster, clay, mould making, laser-cutting and 3D printing; a sound recording studio; green screen and film editing suites; a digital photography lab; photography and film studios and darkrooms. You’ll also get access to the full Adobe Creative suite; up-to-date specialist professional software TVPaint, Autodesk Maya and Dragonframe Stop Motion; Apple iMacs with Cintiq drawing tablets; wide-format printers and scanners; camera lighting and sound recording kit.

Our team of technical officers are always on hand to give you full training and support in all our art facilities – not just the ones for your course.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Cambridge School of Art

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

75%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

64%
UK students
36%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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Average annual salary
94%
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Employed or in further education
49%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Design occupations
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Other elementary services occupations

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Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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