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Anglia Ruskin University

Illustration and Animation

UCAS Code: WW26

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

Entry requirements


96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including Grade C in Art, Design or Media subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English.

UCAS Tariff

96

UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including Grade C in Art, Design or Media subject.

47%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Illustration

Turn your creative ideas, passion and knowledge into a rewarding career in illustration or animation. These two art forms are increasingly prominent in visual communication, and there’s a growing need for artists who can produce innovative, eye-catching visual content.
Our Illustration and Animation BA (Hons) course will give you the skills you need to work as a visual artist. We often use visual language to communicate complex ideas and information and, with ever-evolving digital technology being used alongside traditional techniques, this is an exciting and fast-moving area to work in.

Here at Cambridge School of Art, you’ll investigate the connections between illustration and animation, creating sequential narratives using traditional and cutting-edge digital image-making techniques, and cultivating your creative abilities and technical skills.

While developing your personal visual style, you’ll also focus on the basics: refining your drawing skills through observation of the visual environment and telling stories through moving image. You’ll also look at the growing opportunities in contemporary illustration and animation practice, producing a portfolio that reflects your artistic capacities and meets the current demands of the creative industries.

In the first year of the course, you’ll explore both illustration and animation through studio-based teaching, software training, practical projects, group critiques and individual tutorials.

During the second year, you’ll focus on animation, developing your technical skills and exploring the creative possibilities of this art form through a number of individual and group projects. You’ll also have the chance to take part in work placements, research trips and live projects.

In your final year, you’ll hone your illustration and animation skills, and your personal style - while also producing a professional portfolio and exhibiting in the degree show.

Our ongoing contextual studies modules will support your practice-based work throughout the course. You’ll learn to confidently express your ideas and creative intentions by developing critical communication and presentation skills in a stimulating studio environment. This will prepare you for the final research project and your future career.

You’ll be supported by a team of lecturers and tutors who are all artists and researchers, committed to pursuing their own creative practice in the areas of illustration and animation. As well as benefitting from their experience and knowledge, you can also be confident of receiving the latest insights into the realities of working in the creative industries.

Modules

Year one, core modules

Illustration Practice 1
Illustration in the Round
Digital Animation

Year one, optional modules

Contextual Studies
Understanding Images
English for Study 1 & 2

Year two, core modules

Animation Practice
Debates and Practices
Ideas Through Design

Year two, optional modules

Business for the Creative Arts
Moving Illustration
Narrative Printmaking
Writing for Images
Anglia Language Programme

Year three, core modules

Research Project
Portfolio Development
Major Project

Assessment methods

You’ll demonstrate your developing knowledge and skills through a number of methods.

Your ongoing (formative) assessment will include group and individual critiques and class discussions.

Meanwhile, at the end of each module you’ll demonstrate your overall progress through a combination of written and practical work. This will include sketchbooks, concept development, project proposals and work-in-progress, as well as final outcomes such as animated sequences, series of prints, websites or text-based research as required.

Tuition fees

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

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Cambridge School of Art

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.

77%
med
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.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

75%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

68%
UK students
32%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
A

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.

Design studies

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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
64%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Design occupations
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

What about your long term prospects?

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

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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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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