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University for the Creative Arts

Computer Animation Arts

UCAS Code: W281

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

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Animation

With a focus on art and design, BA (Hons) Computer Animation Arts will allow you to bring characters and worlds to life and explore your imagination through 3D animation.

With an emphasis on production design, you’ll graduate from Computer Animation Arts as a skilled artist in both 2D and 3D production, a proficient high-tech software user of programs and software.

We’ll train you to become a proficient in programs such as Autodesk Maya and the Adobe Creative Suite, helping you develop a well-rounded skillset highly sought after by employers in the animation industry and associated creative sectors.

We’re proud to have achieved 100% for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey – the course represents a highly successful ‘community of practice’, working together as a close-knit group of like-minded creatives.

Driven by the world’s seemingly limitless demands for creative and original CG content, you can bring your imagination to life with our Creative Skillset accredited BA (Hons) Computer Animation Arts degree. The course offers you an outstanding launchpad for an exciting career in this rapidly evolving industry.

Drawing is fundamental to this course, with weekly life-drawing classes and drawing-based pre-production a pre-requisite of all projects in every year.

In addition to weekly taught classes, student software training is supported by a course website containing over 200 bespoke online video tutorials. This online resource is available 24/7 and is updated on a constant basis to reflect industry practices and changes in professional software packages.

Computer Animation Arts students have open access to 50 industry-standard computers (both PC & Mac platforms) containing professional software, including Autodesk Maya, Mudbox, and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, Animate, Audition, and Illustrator).

Graduates of Computer Animation Arts leave UCA equipped with an array of transferable skills, helping them to secure careers with big industry names such as Industrial Light and Magic, Double Negative, Framestore, Glassworks, and Blue Zoo.

Similar courses that we offer:

Animation (3 year) - UCA Farnham
Animation (4 year) - UCA Farnham
Illustration & Animation - UCA Canterbury

Modules

In Year 1 you'll explore drawing, animation and character, and learning how to use Autodesk Maya and supporting software. You'll investigate ways in which space can be represented dynamically through the development and production of original concept art and an original digital set. You'll also develop a complete computer generated animation and explore how we receive information about the world in which we live. In Year 2 the focus is on finding your own specialist way of working and you’ll be encouraged and supported to start working more independently. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad.. In Year 3 you’ll execute a creatively and technically sophisticated project. We'll require you to demonstrate innovative and sophisticated approaches to CGI and animation, supported by an advanced creative methodology.You'll also undertake a dissertation.

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
£13,540
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Rochester

Department:

Animation

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
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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

83%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
13%
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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

54%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
6%
Design occupations
6%
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.

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.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

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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