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Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Computer Character Animation with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: G457

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

Entry requirements


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50%
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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Computer animation and visual effects

**Summary**: This degree includes an integrated foundation year if you do not have the appropriate subjects and/or grades for entry to year one of the degree. If you have a passion for designing and animating computer characters seen in film, advertising or games then this is the course for you. Character animation involves creating the illusion of thought and emotion through a character’s physical actions. Without this the humour, eccentricity, energy, sadness or fear in a character wouldn’t be communicated.

**Course details**: We place great importance on your drawing skills, observation and the principles of animation. You are also taught acting theory and body language as applied to animated characters. We develop your creative talent so you can also design, model and rig your own characters prior to making them move. You learn using traditional character animation techniques as well as the latest state-of-the-art production tools. Disciplines covered in the course include: drawing and concept art, 2D and 3D character animation, character design and modelling, acting for animation, script writing and storytelling and professional portfolio development.

**After the course**: You are ideally suited to a career in the animation, visual effects or games industry. Graduates from our computer animation degrees have gone on to enjoy careers with a wide range of companies including Double Negative, Moving Picture Company, Glassworks, Cinesite, Passion Pictures, DreamWorks, Pixar and Framestore.

Modules

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Assessment methods

Each module is taught through a series of lectures and tutorials. Lectures provide you with specific theoretical information related to the subject, while tutorials focus on developing skills and working on assessments. Tutorials are also used for feedback and advice from tutors. Further support is offered online in the form of extra learning material where necessary.

You have the opportunity to attend keynote lectures from industry speakers. There are feedback sessions where you can meet with students from all years and demonstrate work-in-progress. In your final year, you work in teams to create and market a short animated film. These films are submitted to international film festivals and many have achieved award-winning success.

Assessment for most modules is in the form of practical projects, which you work on throughout the year. You develop a portfolio of design, character animation, modelling and visual effects. In the final year you specialise in your chosen field through the production of two key pieces of work. The final year project allows you to create your own brief based on your skills and interests. In the Group Animation module you work with other students to develop essential team working skills to prepare you for employment.

The Uni


Course location:

Teesside University

Department:

Computing

TEF rating:

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
C

After graduation


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What are graduates doing after six months?

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£18,000
low
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
90%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

59%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Information technology technicians
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Computer animation and visual effects

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