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Nottingham Trent University

Animation

UCAS Code: W213

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or GCSE Science grade C/4 or equivalent

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification.

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels or equivalent qualifications

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Animation

The UK's animation industry is global success, so there's never been a better time to start your career as an animator.

As an ambitious designer and creative thinker, you explore all aspects of 2D and 3D animation on this cutting-edge degree course. We'll equip you with the critical and technical skills required to produce animated works, alongside learning about scriptwriting, character development, storyboarding and cinematography.

This course will give you the professional, creative, intellectual and technical skills you’ll need to work successfully within the international animation industry. Learn about animation in a way that reflects current art and industry practice.

You’ll explore the different areas of animation through studio practice, academic research, and study. By the end of the course you’ll have developed an animated thesis film and a professional show reel, tailored to your own career aspirations, and be ready to launch your career as an animator.

**Key features**

- Study the broadest range of disciplines, including drawing, writing and storyboarding for 2D and 3D animation; character design and performance animation; experimental animation; scoring, production and direction.

- Have access to industry-standard equipment and software such as Autodesk’s Maya, TVPaint, CelAction2D, ZBrush and Dragonframe.

- Develop your professional skills through self-initiated work experience placements, industry competitions, collaborations with organisations and guest lectures.

- Learn from course staff with expertise in areas such as scriptwriting, sequential drawing and commercial animation.

- Apply to study part of your degree abroad through our European or international exchange programmes.

- Exhibit your work at our Degree Student Showcase in your final year.

- Be selected to showcase your work at international film festivals, such as the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

- We're ranked 12th best University for Art and Design in the UK. (The Complete University Guide 2021)

- 95% of our undergraduate Animation students are satisfied with the quality of this course (National Student Survey 2020).

**Assessment**

Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade.

**Employability**

The School of Art & Design has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 96% of our undergraduate students in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17).

**Career Prospects**

This course will prepare you to work in animation-related digital media fields, such as feature animation, television series, heritage interpretation, advertising, games, and AR / VR production. You will also develop transferable skills for careers in freelance illustration, motion graphics, advertising, and filmmaking.

Modules

[Year One]

Understanding Animation (100 credit points)
Students will explore the principles of animation; timing, spacing and weight in traditional paper and pencil technique before implementing in digital 2D and 3D software to produce plausible and authentic character movement. Additionally, students will develop storyboard drawing skills, character and environment visual development, and introductory CG modelling, rigging, lighting and texturing. In the final part of the module, students will learn about storytelling for short-form animation by devising, designing and completing a short-animated film.

Animation Studies 1 (20 credit points)
Learn about the historical and contemporary context of animation, and its place within film studies. Explore animation’s relationship with its audience, and how communication and storytelling take place.

[Year Two]
These two year-long modules run side by side.

Animation Studio (100 credit points)
You’ll further develop your skills in 2D or 3D animation introducing acting, thinking and motivation to character movement, informing critical performance decisions. Additionally, there will be opportunities to push visual design, discover previs, and further explore 2D or 3D production workflows to enhance those skills. A live brief project will give you an opportunity to collaborate in communicating a client’s message and an additional short animated project will enhance your storytelling and production skills.

Animation Studies 2 (20 credit points)
Explore the idea of graphical storytelling and its relationship to animation. Focus on the frame, and what it means across a range of related media, and how control of the frame empowers the animator.

[Final Year]

Thesis Film (120 credit points)
Continue to develop your skills in pre-production, production, and post-production, conceiving and completing a short thesis film that demonstrates an understanding of animated storytelling. Alongside your film, you’ll develop a written and visual document detailing its cultural and conceptual background. Additionally, you will refine previous exercises and create new ones to demonstrate your chosen specialised skills in a portfolio reel.

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

Department:

School of Art and 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.

69%
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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
74%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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
92%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
41%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


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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.

£17,000
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Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
50%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

38%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Customer service occupations

What about your long term prospects?

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

Creative arts & 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.

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£25k

£25k

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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