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Leeds Arts University

Animation

UCAS Code: W615

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

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Animation

Our BA (Hons) Animation is a focussed course aimed at students interested in becoming a professional animator who can work across animated film, TV and related industries. You will work alongside other committed students who are collectively interested in animation production.

On this intensive course students will learn practical and technical skills across a range of traditional and digital animation practice. This is developed through practical investigation of the animation production cycle including narrative production, worldbuilding, character development, storyboarding, background/layout and animation. A rigorous introduction will help you to understand how to work across traditional and digital media including 2D, 3D CG and stop motion animation, helping you to develop a focused skillset to prepare you for the animation industry or postgraduate study.

We encourage collaboration both at course level and across the University, including live briefs and international competitions, helping you to focus on developing your specialist practice within animation.

Opportunities for work experience, studio visits and attending festivals are supported. The course also has visiting professionals who give insight into career development and industry practices. Previous visiting professionals have included animators, scriptwriters, producers and directors from companies such as CBBC, Aardman Animation, Mackinnon and Saunders, Cartoon Network and Golden Wolf.

Through these you’ll learn to generate your own networking, collaboration and career opportunities, and how to find work and clients when you graduate.

Modules

Year One — You’ll explore pre-visualisation, character, narrative and sequential thinking skills plus industry-standard animation processes, software and associated technologies including access to specialist workshops. You’ll consider the practical, conceptual and theoretical concerns of animation and develop an awareness of the opportunities and pathways open to you as an animator.

Year Two — You’ll identify and develop your own specialist practice through briefs and self-identified projects. You will focus on a range of pre-production, animation or post-production techniques in 2D, 3D digital or 3D stop frame animation. Competitions, live briefs and collaboration on industrially relevant projects will help you to learn essential communication, business and professional skills.

Year Three — You’ll focus on your own creative ambitions and your strategy for becoming a professional animator. You’ll negotiate your own project work and take part in competitions, collaborate with others, attend conferences and meet visiting professionals. The focus of year three is on building a portfolio which reflects your individual specialist practice and demonstrates the skills that you have to offer.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leeds Arts University

Department:

Communication Design

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.

79%
med
Animation

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Animation

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
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

94%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

After graduation


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Animation

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.

£16,000
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Average annual salary
95%
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Employed or in further education
41%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Other elementary services occupations
19%
Design occupations
16%
Artistic, literary and media occupations

What about your long term prospects?

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

Animation

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

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