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Digital Animation with Illustration

Futureworks

UCAS Code: W216 | Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

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104

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Animation

Illustration

You are a creative storyteller with an obsessive passion for animation. You want to develop your technical skills and you love working with the latest technology. If you think this applies to you, then you should apply for this course. This degree is an amalgamation of animation and illustration. When we created the course we spoke to our contacts in the industry and asked them what the course should cover. As well as both 2D and 3D animation, the industry wants people who can draw and they seem to be in short supply.

For that reason, in the first year you will gain a solid grounding in illustration for animation. The drawing skills developed in this year will lay a strong foundation for the digital work to come. Using light boxes and rostrum cameras you will explore the traditional methods of animation, including the twelve principles of animation that have guided generations of animators. Creative thinking, storyboarding and story structure are all covered and within the first year you will put everything into practise with your own 30 second traditional animation.

In the second year you will transfer your animation skills into 3D. Using the industry standard software package Maya, you will learn how to recreate the 12 principles in 3D space and create your first short film in 3D. You will learn 3D modelling, including how to make props and characters from scratch, as well as video edition and motion graphics. An industry-set brief is introduced in the second year to give you real world experience working for a client. You will also continue to illustrate, producing a set of creative responses to briefs and, in the second semester, a graphic novel or illustrated story book.

In the third year your teaching will become more self-directed, allowing every student to pursue their own creative path. You will create a short film, made in the medium of your choice, and an honours project which could be anything from modelling to illustration, animation to concept art. Your learning journey will be guided throughout by tutors who have worked in the industry so that your projects, as well as being personally rewarding, will also provide you with a professional portfolio and showreel for the time you graduate. Motion capture is also taught on third year, as are interview skills, networking and how to land your first job in the industry.
This year, the main activities within the programme will take place within a classroom/studio/online setting. This will allow you and the staff to develop a mature and informative relationship concerning your study. Not only is this a supportive and welcoming environment but it mimics the professional arena where you will be expected to organise your working patterns based upon set goals.
Circumstances surrounding COVID-19 enabled us to develop a flexible approach to your teaching and learning with the option to deliver aspects of the course both onsite and online. Throughout the pandemic, this has been a successful strategy to control numbers and preserve social distancing in the building, reducing the need for unnecessary travel by both students and staff but it is also very important to develop your ability to operate, collaborate and deliver work online – a vital and forward-looking employment skill recommended by our industry partners in the Futureworks’ Industry Advisory Group.
It is important to note that this is not a distance learning / online course. Online activity will be a part of the course in addition to onsite studios and labs as it is an important transferable skill you will need in industry.
Students leave the programme being highly employable, and our course stats reflect this.

Modules

HE Level 4 (Year 1):
Fundamentals of 2D Animation (20 credits),
Year 1 Animation Project (20 credits),
History of Animation and Illustration (20 credits),
Fundamentals of Illustration (40 credits),
Pre-production (20 credits).

HE Level 5 (Year 2):
Fundamentals of 3D Animation (20 credits),
Year 2 Animation Project (20 credits),
Post-Production and Motion Graphics (20 credits),
Contemporary Animation and Illustration(20 credits),
3D Modelling (20 credits),
Applied Illustration (20 credits).

HE Level 6 (Year 3):
Motion Capture (20 credits),
Personal Portfolio Development (20 credits),
Honours Project (40 credits),
Year 3 Animation Project (40 credits).

Assessment methods

We want to do everything we can to prepare you for working within the creative industries, and this is reflected in the way we teach and assess you. The course is mostly coursework based, which means your tutors will be able to give you constant, constructive feedback. Presentation techniques will give you valuable experience of how to present your thoughts and ideas successfully and enthusiastically, so you are better at selling your ideas to prospective employers.

The written work is an important part of assessment and will improve your communication skills. A combination of lectures, tutorials, peer reviews, discussions and observations will ensure that you’re industry ready. External trips will present you with a wider range of topics and the opportunity to expand your portfolio, whilst guest speakers will help you to understand the world of animation and illustration, how it works and how you can make your mark on it.

Tuition fees

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

The Uni


Course location:

Futureworks (Manchester Media School)

Department:

School of Art and Design

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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.

88%
high
Animation
58%
low
Illustration

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

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

71%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

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

Design studies

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
63%
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

68%
Library resources
54%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
32%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

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

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

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

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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