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Animation (with a placement year)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

As UCAS tariff

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

0

As UCAS tariff and Higher Level grade 3 or Standard Level grade 4 in English and Maths.

112 UCAS tariff points to include 3 Higher Level Subjects and Ordinary Level English and Maths at grade O4

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

DMM

As UCAS tariff

UCAS Tariff

112

112 UCAS tariff points to include 1 GCE Advanced Level or equivalent and GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/grade 4 or equivalent.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Animation

Animation is a key part of the UK's £84 billion creative industries. On this world-class course, you will develop the skills and understanding to make a successful career in this exciting and dynamic field. In addition to using state-of-the-art processes and technologies to create digital animations, you will gain a solid grounding in classical animation techniques, drawing, cinematography, storytelling and the conceptual understanding to ensure that you become a creative, competent and confident professional.
Our industry-experienced team will help you become an accomplished animator through a combination of practical and theoretical work. Our emphasis is on creating as many animations as possible while still placing it in a cultural and industrial context. You will do more than simply learn software, you will develop the crucial critical thinking skills that will enable you to produce work of the highest quality– something that the industry is desperately wants.

**Placement Year**

This course offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in industry between your second and final year.
During the second year of your study we organise a number of activities to help students find placements. These include sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers service at the University and presentations by both employers and previous year's students on their placements.

Students who endeavour to, and take up the placement year will have support and guidance from a placements tutor throughout to monitor and support your progress. After completing the year, students return to study the third academic year of their course, and we often find students return with a drive to continue their studies.

Many students continue their relationship with their placement employers working for them part-time, developing Final Year Projects with them or going back to them into graduate positions.

Modules

Students studying Animation will develop practical skills in computer animation, motion capture, visual effects and CGI production. Working with visiting professionals you will be able to develop high level professional skills as well as useful contacts within the creative industries that can give your career a kick start.
You will also learn how to read, decode and understand animation whilst developing a range of transferable skills in research, critical analysis, written communication and oral presentation as well as team working and leadership.
Year One (Core)
3D Character Modelling and Animation
Conventions of Animation
Creative Industries - Foundation
Creativity and Imagination
Introduction to 3D Computer Modelling and Animation
Observational Drawing
Year Two
3D Character Creation (Core)
Advanced Character Animation (Core)
Classical Animation (Core)
Script Programming and Technical Animation (Core)
CGI Lighting, Rendering and Look Development (Option)
Motion Capture (Option)
VFX Compositing and Post Production (Option)
Year Four (Core)
Professional Industry Profile
Studio Project: Pre-Production and Production

Assessment methods

Most modules use a mixture of formal lectures, practical lab sessions, tutorials and seminars. Some modules involve supervised group work, usually with an assigned academic staff member for each group. All modules require students to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction for students to undertake this work, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the courses provide opportunities for further guidance for learners. Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams, with all forms being well represented throughout all years of the course across all modules.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£20,118
per year
International
£20,118
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bradford

Department:

School of Media, Design and Technology

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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.

42%
low
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

48%
Staff make the subject interesting
60%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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

52%
Library resources
59%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
42%
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?

62%
UK students
38%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
C
B

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.

£20k

£20k

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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