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Animation

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 | 2022

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 independent study. By the end of the course you’ll have developed project work and films that build into a professional show reel tailored to your own career aspirations, ready to launch your career .

**Key features**

- Study the broadest range of disciplines from course staff with expertise in drawing for animation, storyboarding, 2D and 3D character animation, experimental animation, visual development, previs, lookdev, story development, production and direction.

- Have access to industry-standard equipment and software such as Maya, TVPaint, CelAction2D, ZBrush and Adobe CC.

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

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

- 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 BA (Hons) Animation students are satisfied with their course. (National Student Survey 2020).

**Assessment**

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

**Career Prospects**

This course will prepare you to work in the digital media field, in areas such as feature film animation, VFX, children’s television, heritage interpretation, advertising, and games production. You’ll also develop transferable skills for alternative careers in media, freelance design, illustration, motion graphics, teaching and academia.

**Your space to create at NTU**

We’re committed to helping you explore, expand and refine your craft, as you discover new creative horizons with some truly great tools, equipment and workspaces. Visit our facilities hub at **www.ntu.ac.uk/artfacilities** to find out more.

**Our students’ work – ‘We Are Creatives’**
Explore our online showcase ‘We Are Creatives’ - celebrating the work of the School of Art & Design students. You will find a sneak peak of some of our students work and gain a real insight into what it’s like to be part of the NTU creative community at **wearecreativesntu.art**

Modules

**Year One**
- Animation Principles (100 credit points)
- Animation Studies I (20 credit points)

**Year Two**
- Animation Studio (60 credit points)
- Animation Studies II (20 credit points)
- Co Lab: Research, Exploration and Risk-taking (20 credit points)
- Optional module: You will also choose one optional 20-credit module from:
3D Materials and Exploration
Storyboarding: Visualising the story, enhancing the narrative
Character Ideation
Experimental Animation
Telling Stories
Model Making: Object and Narrative
Motion Graphics

**Final year**

- Animation Specialist Project (100 credit points)
- Animation Studies III (20 credit points)

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

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.

81%
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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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

89%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
48%
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?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
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.

£17,000
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Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
50%
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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 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.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

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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