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University of Salford

Animation

UCAS Code: W615

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,C

UCAS Tariff Points 96-112 to include a minimum of 2 A Levels grades CCC-BBC.

AS levels are accepted in combination with Level Three qualifications; including A-levels and BTECs.

96 to 112 UCAS tariff points. To include specific subjects; Art.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C or 4 (or above) in Maths and English GCSE is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

96 to 112 UCAS tariff points.

Accepted in combination with other Level Three qualifications.

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

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Accepted in combination with other Level Three qualifications.

Accepted in combination with other Level Three qualifications.

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

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UCAS Tariff Points 96-112

Accepted in combination with other Level Three qualifications.

96 to 112 UCAS tariff points.

96 to 112 UCAS tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

96-112
63%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Animation

This course enables you to explore the creative potential of digital and traditional forms of animation and provides opportunities to engage with a live industry bro of live briefs to prepare you to work in commercial animation. You will produce a strong body of work that will enable you to develop your career in the animation industry. You will learn how to tell visual stories through performance and character developing industry leading skills in a specialised field.

Designed to boost your creative thinking and technical abilities, this course provides a structured pathway in digital animation practice. From the very start, you will be hands on and will learn traditional stop frame animation techniques as you are introduced to the principles of animation and the laws of motion. You will simultaneously learn industry leading 3D animation software.

From the very start, you will be working with animation professionals an introduced to industry standard 3D software, learn traditional stop frame animation techniques and delve into the concepts and processes required to create animation.

Encouraging creativity in the context of real world practice, animation modules promote the importance of team work within animation production and the larger industry. This intensive course allows you to identify and define your own career prospects with dedicated portfolio modules, which will help you in your preparation for employment within the animation industry.

Animation is one of the fastest growing areas within the UK creative industries providing multiple opportunities for graduates within the discipline. The course, based in Media City UK, Salford, is positioned right in the heart of this growing creative sector and is focused on developing highly skilled, industry ready creatives capable of successfully working in multiple specialisms adapting to the continuously changing landscape of the creative industries of the animation and moving image industry. Emphasis is placed on strong storytelling, development of visual language, the use of play and risk taking within creative production and a solid understanding of professional industry standard methods of production, planning and implementation with in animation.

Modules

Year 1: The first year introduces you to the basic principles of animation, the laws of motion and industry leading software. Traditional stop frame animation techniques will be explored, which will inform a number of challenging animation projects. You will learn about story and narrative and how camera and lighting techniques can be used to, create industry standard storyboards and explore the concepts and processes required to tell a story through animation.

Year 2: During your second year, you will work with other animation students on creative projects to further develop your animation production skills in a simulated industry environment. You’ll design, develop and animate a character, utilising both stop-frame and computer-generated 3D techniques. Work experience and placement opportunities are encouraged, building on the industry and external links the course provides. Placements are coordinated by students, in liaison with tutors and in close consultation with providers.

Year 3: In your final year, you will conduct research as you plan and develop your animation. Working in small production teams you will use your specialist skills to produce a high quality animation. The modules will be future oriented and will enable you to promote yourself to the animation and media related industries and animation festivals. There will be an emphasis on the production of show reel work, portfolio, and exhibition to industry.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Arts and 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.

78%
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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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
90%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

£16,848
med
Average annual salary
86%
low
Employed or in further education
83%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Design occupations
12%
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.

£13k

£13k

£17k

£17k

£18k

£18k

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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