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Plymouth College of Art

Animation

UCAS Code: W61M

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

Entry requirements


A level

C

We require a C at A level in an Art related subject as part of the Tariff

Pass

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-30

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

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UCAS Tariff

96-120
63%
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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

6 years | Part-time | 2018

Subject

Animation

Are you interested in bringing your character designs and illustrative concepts to life? Are you inspired by Studio Ghibli, Aardman, Laika, Disney and Pixar, or alternatively independent film, games or childrens series animation? If so, then our BA (Hons) Animation programme offers a unique grounding in the knowledge and skills youll need for a successful career in the animation, games or visual effects industries. Throughout the programme youll cover key production skills such as narrative development, storyboarding and character performance. You will learn technical skills in 2D, CGI and stop motion methods of practice, taught in our purpose-built studios by a dedicated team of expert staff members. You will have focused lectures on marketing and distributing your work, alongside one-to-one tutorial support and lectures from visiting industry professionals that will enable you to make the transition from student to professional. Previous visits include Industrial Light & Magic, Dot to Dot Productions, King Rollo Films and Aardman Animations. Our students have also taken part in huge international events in Lille and Stuttgart.You will become a proficient and industry-ready animator, with a thorough grounding in the 12 Principles of Animation as set out by Disney, and a showreel developed through college projects and in collaboration with clients. Having learnt how to use tools and techniques for short animated performances, demonstrating your control of gesture-based articulation and emotional resonance, your career will be ready to take off.

Modules

In your first year, you’ll explore all aspects of animation through a range of short projects, covering key production skills such as narrative development, storyboarding and character performance.
You will learn technical production skills in 2D, CGI and stop-motion methods of practice, giving you an opportunity to see which way you would like your own work to develop.
Your second year is more focused, with an emphasis on production team working, as you share skills with others while you develop your own specialism. You will be supported in progressing your animation career path through professional development modules.
In your final year, you’ll put your own stamp on a dynamic and professional showreel, which will demonstrate your production skills to the industry and associated sectors that use animation as a creative medium.
You will have focused lectures on marketing and distributing your work either to the independent film sector or to the commercial end of the animation and games industries.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth College of Art

Department:

Media

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.

73%
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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
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

81%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

After graduation


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What about your long term prospects?

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

Animation

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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