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Solent University (Southampton)

Digital Animation with Digital Arts Foundation Year

UCAS Code: W61W

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

Entry requirements


A level

D,D

From a minimum of two completed A levels.

AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh)

D

AQA Level 3 Technical (720 glh)

MP

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh)

PPP

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh)

MM

In combination with other qualifications.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

A

In combination with other qualifications.

In combination with other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MP

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

PPP

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

MM

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

MM

In combination with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

MP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

D

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

PPP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

M

UCAS Tariff

48

From A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent. An `optional’ online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Moving image techniques

If you didnt get the UCAS points to enrol on a computer gaming or digital arts degree, or if youre returning to education or looking for a career change, this foundation year will help you develop the core skills and knowledge to be able to progress on to one of our undergraduate degrees in digital arts or computer gaming.Southampton Solents digital arts foundation year covers key subjects such as animation, game development and modelling, and will help equip you with the knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions about your future direction.The learning path is designed to seamlessly integrate with our related degree courses and offers flexible learning experiences in the field of digital media. Successful completion of the programme will grant direct access on to one of our related industry-focused undergraduate degrees.You will be taught by passionate staff who are experts in their fields, with a wealth of real-world experience and knowledge. During your studies youll be supported in developing your game production, business and entrepreneurial skills, as well as working with coders and artists in the Video Games Academy.To aid study, youll have full access to Solents industry-standard facilities, including specialist labs, high-end dual screen computers equipped with industry software such as Autodesk, Adobe and Pixologic, and graphics tablets. Youll also have access to a motion capture studio and lounge equipped with consoles and life drawing studio. Successful completion of the Digital Arts foundation year will provide a pathway to the Digital Animation Degree. Southampton Solent Universitys cutting-edge digital animation programme focuses on digital character creation, from original concept right through to rigging, animation, composition and final performance. The curriculum is structured to help equip you with both the broad base of knowledge and the specialised expertise youll need to get your career off to the right start.To ensure that graduates are fully prepared for life after university, the course includes modules specifically designed to help them better fit into modern creative workplaces. The industry practise module teaches a range of transferable project management and presentation skills, while the optional freelance animation module helps students develop an understanding of basic business practises and theories.Students will bring their concepts to life using our industry-standard animation facilities - learning the full production process from first draft storyboarding to advanced filmmaking techniques.This three year programme also gives students the time and support necessary to create a varied professional portfolio thats perfectly suited to securing paid positions after graduation. Our in-house creative agency provides students with additional opportunities to pitch for paid work with commercial clients past Solent Creative clients include Bear Grylls, Southampton Airport and Southampton City Council.

Modules

Following successfully completing the foundation year you will study:Year one*Core units*Principles of Animation*Research from Observation*Applied Observation*Introduction to 3D*Digital Pipeline*Contexts of Practice*Options*Performance Animation*Game Production*Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.*Year two*Core units*Character Design*Character Rigging*Concept Art*Animation Theory*Options*Industry Placement
*Character Animation*Digital Compositing*Freelance Animation*Logged studio hours*Freelancing at Solent Creatives*Languages*Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.*Year three*Core units*Final Major Project Proposal*Pre-Production*Project (Digital Animation)*Industry Practice*Options*Animation Presentation*Dissertation*Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

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
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Media, Art and Technology School

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.

83%
high
Moving image techniques

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

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
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

91%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
62%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

£16,238
med
Average annual salary
91%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

45%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

A few years ago graduates from this subject were having a very hard time but things have improved a lot thanks to our active media, film and photographic industries - much the most common employers for this group. The most common jobs are in the arts — as photographers, audio-visual technicians, operators and designers, as directors, as artists and as graphic designers. Training in presenting sound and graphics is useful in other industries as well, so you can find graduates in journalism, in advertising, in business management, in events management and in web design and IT. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Moving image techniques

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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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