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Animation with Integrated Foundation Year

Entry requirements


We welcome A Levels in a wide range of subjects, especially in those relevant to the course for which you apply.

We may consider a standalone AS in a relevant subject, if it is taken along with other A Levels and if an A Level has not been taken in the same subject. However, you will not be disadvantaged if you do not have a standalone AS subject as we will not ordinarily use them in our offers.

60 credits (with a minimum of 45 credits achieved at level 3) in a relevant subject.

A typical offer is between 80 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

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A typical offer is between 80 and 120 UCAS points

A typical offer is between 80 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

A typical offer is between 80 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

A typical offer is between 80 and 120 UCAS points

A typical offer is between 80 and 120 UCAS points

T Level

P-M

P (Pass) grade must be C or above, not D or E

UCAS Tariff

80-120

A typical offer is between 80 and 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications, such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma, or current, relevant experience. Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, is a minimum language requirement for all applicants. Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed on your chosen course. Please contact the Applicant Services team for advice if you are predicted UCAS points below this range, or if you have questions about the qualifications or experience you have.

a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points, when combined with a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from the Supporting Qualifications

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Animation

Explore your creativity and expand your professional skills by entering the creative industries on an Integrated Foundation Year degree. Taught over four years, these courses include an introductory year to build a solid foundation before you go on to specialise in your chosen subject at degree level.

If you're interested in taking on a new subject, or have been out of education for a while, then our Integrated Foundation Year courses might just be for you. These four-year courses include an introductory year to help you build the core skills needed for degree-level study.

This is a chance for you to let your imagination run wild and explore your creativity, expand your professional skills and develop enhanced subject knowledge.

We'll help you nurture your expertise in problem solving, risk-taking, designing and making as you develop your abilities.

On this Animation degree, you’ll develop your creative and technical skills, build professional practice approaches and hone your personal identity and autonomy within animation production. You’ll master the art of your specialism in either 2D, 3D or stop motion and learn to present and pitch your ideas. Mirroring industry, you’ll also contribute to multidisciplinary teams to produce exciting, unique productions.

You will:
Develop technical, design thinking and production skills in your chosen specialism
Learn teamwork, leadership and project management skills through a variety of learning environments
Develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills through the development of unique and innovative projects
Go on to study your chosen course specialism at degree level
Study as part of a CILECT (The International Association of Film and Television Schools) film school
Learn from staff with industry backgrounds and experience in film, children’s TV and advertising
Work in multi-skilled teams, reflecting industry practice
Identify your strengths and develop your technical and creative knowledge through character animation, storytelling, concept art and software
Hone your skills in the production of 2D, 3D and stop motion animation, working in professional-standard facilities
Underpin your creative work with theoretical and historical understanding
Gain a working knowledge of industry practice
Graduate with a varied and professional portfolio

Modules

Joining our Animation degree, you'll build your real-world abilities, learn to think creatively and produce a range of animations. You'll work to industry standards, collaborating in multi-skilled teams and using professional processes to solve complex problems. And by taking a critical look at your work and working methods, you'll build the independent judgment skills crucial to your career.

Foundation Year:
You'll study five core modules. These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of your chosen specialism. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs.

By the time you progress into year one of your chosen degree, you'll have a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, a developed practical and technical skillset and the confidence to excel in your chosen subject.

Modules:
Explore
Technique
Apply
Industry
Launch

Year One:
In your first year you’ll get to grips with core animation processes, skills and theories. Working solo and in teams, you'll be immersed in developing your skills in 2D, CG and stop motion animation, storytelling, film language and sound. You’ll also attend workshops on life drawing, script development, acting and performance and production management.

Modules:
Essential Animation 1: Fundamentals
Animation Context
Essential Animation 2: Competency
Animation Context
Animated Extras

Year Two:
In your second year you’ll continue to develop your CG skills and will have the opportunity to specialise and define your role in production teams. Working in multi-skilled teams on live briefs from external clients, you’ll be supported to make stand-out films and submit them to national film festivals.

Modules:
Essential Animation 3: Proficient
Specialist Options (2D Animation, 3D Animation, Stop Motion Animation)
Specialist Option 1: Stage, Story & Screen
Specialist Option 2: Design for Animation
Specialist Option 3: Production Management
Specialist Option 4: 2D Short Film
Specialist Option 5: 3D Short Film
Specialist Option 6: Stop Motion Short Film

Year Three:
Working with an industry mentor and students from other courses including Film, Television, Post-production and Visual Effects, Music and Acting, you’ll showcase your specialist skills by delivering a major animation project. This will be supported by an extended research piece.

You’ll also finesse your professional portfolio, showreel and web presence, so you’re set to take your skills into industry after graduation.

Modules:
Essential Animation 4: Industry

Optional Modules:
Specialist Option 1: 2D Animation
Specialist Option 2: 3D Animation
Specialist Option 3: Stop Motion
Animation Production
Internship

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment methods

Foundation Year assessments are 100% coursework based
Assessment will take place at the end of each module, and you'll get feedback and evaluation throughout the year. You'll be assessed through visual, verbal and written assignments, including your portfolio and a reflective journal.

Progressing in your specialism
Students studying on courses with an Integrated Foundation Year must successfully complete all foundation modules before they can progress to the next stage of their course.

Your specialism
We employ a variety of assessment strategies over the course of this degree. These include the submission of portfolios of practical work, presentations, essays, written or verbal reports and a major research project. In your first year, you'll also have the chance to take part the process of peer group assessment.

Your summative (final) assessments occur at the end of each module, usually at the end of the study block. However, you may have interim formative assessments part way through a module as well. These assessments help ensure that you remain on track with your work.

You'll receive continuous feedback on all your work throughout the year. This will be delivered through tutorials and while you are working in the studio. At the end of a module, you'll receive detailed written feedback and will have the chance to discuss this with your assessor.

The Uni


Course location:

Penryn Campus

Department:

The Games Academy

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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.

73%
med
Animation

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Cinematics and photography

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

80%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

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

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Cinematics and photography

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,597
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
59%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

59%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

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

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Higher entry requirements
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