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Blackburn College

Illustration and Animation

UCAS Code: WW26

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

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Illustration

Animation

If you want a career as a professional illustrator, animator or a combination of both, then this creative and practical three-year BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation degree is right for you. The course is professionally focussed with great links to industry. Teaching staff include professional animators and experienced freelance Illustrators. You will use a wide range of techniques and media, ranging from traditional illustration and drawn animation to digital 3D character animation and motion graphics. You will learn about the history and context of animation and illustration to help make your work richer and better informed. We will work closely with you to develop your portfolio, online presence and employer contacts so that you will have the best possible chance of getting a job or becoming a freelancer when you graduate.

This is a three year Honours degree which aims to equip you for a career in Illustration and Animation. We will help you find your unique talents and develop your skills in a friendly and supportive environment. As well as being supported to develop your own style and technique, you will also be introduced to a wide range of new concepts, skills and experiences that will broaden your horizons and make you a better artist and a more employable person. The Beehive Student Design Company has been set up to provide our students with paid industry work experience. Working for the Beehive, you can produce real commercial Illustration and Animation projects whilst meeting employers and clients. The work you produce can be credited against your degree course modules - so you can be rewarded for learning. You will study a range of exciting modules that are designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need for a great career in Illustration or Animation

Modules

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.
Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
?Contextual Studies
?Design Process I
?Illustration
?Digital Illustration
?Lens & Time-Based Media
?Character Design, Narrative and Story
?2D Animation
?3D Animation
Level 5 modules (there are 7 mandatory modules and 1 optional modules from a choice of 2 as indicated by *) include
?Critical Studies
?Design Process II
?Specialist Project
?Design Business & Promotion
?Character Concept Design & Animation
?Motion Graphics
Narrative and story
Gaming Concepts *
Book & Editorial Illustration *
Level 6 modules (all modules are mandatory) include
?Academic Dissertation
?Professional Practice
?Industry Context Projects
?Final Major Project

Assessment methods

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You could be assessed by examiniatinos, including open-book examinations, practical assessments, assignments, briefs, essays, presentations (including group presentations), reports and portfolio building.

The Uni


Course location:

Blackburn College

Department:

Art and Society

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.

91%
high
Illustration

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Design studies

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

45%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Animation

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

Creative arts and design

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