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Birmingham City University

Film and Animation

UCAS Code: W610

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

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Visual communication

Explore your visual creativity and learn industry-standard skills on our exciting BA (Hons) Film and Animation degree.Our rigorous and comprehensive programme gives you the freedom to experiment and negotiate your own direction, which could be traditional filmmaking, 3D animation, stop motion, artists moving image or projection-mapped installations.You will be equipped with the practical, creative and intellectual skills to succeed in employment, practice or further study. Previous graduates have won prestigious awards, including 10 Royal Television Society Student Awards, and have been screened at film festivals across the world.What's covered in the course?On the Film and Animation course you will learn a unique blend of practical skills and creative thinking, backed up by the theoretical knowledge that enables you to define yourself as a creative practitioner equipped to work at the vanguard of your field.We embrace traditional crafts such as drawing, print making, cinema-photography and screenwriting, while also exploring new media technologies supported throughout by a highly committed team of expert teaching staff from a variety of specialist areas. You will study in a bespoke environment with traditional and digital facilities, which include MILO motion capture technology.The School of Visual Communication prides itself on a long-established national and international reputation. It consists of a range of courses that celebrate innovation and allow you to realise your creative ambitions.We have an in-house active agency, which allows you to gain first-hand experience of real-life briefs set by clients.Your portfolio will be showcased to a number of potential employers through our home-grown and independent talent pool, We Grow Cherries, as well as during your graduate show.You will be directly involved in curating and running Flatpack Unpacked, an international festival of visual culture that takes place across the city and is also at the heart of our curriculum. You will get to select and invite internationally-recognised guests, and have the opportunity to exhibit work in the festival which attracts thousands of visitors from the region and beyond.All modules on your course have a practical final outcome, whether it is a film, an installation or an animation. We want you to graduate from the university with concrete, tangible achievements. This might be in the form of writing and directing a film that plays in festivals, the experience of managing and curating events or the demonstration of your leadership skills through designing and implementing workshops in the community.

The Uni


Course location:

Parkside Building Campus

Department:

School of Visual Communication

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What students say


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Visual communication

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Design studies

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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
88%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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Visual communication

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