Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

96-112 (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

W615

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

On our BA (Hons) Animation programme, you’ll experiment with the latest digital software, learn about the principles of animation, produce distinctive animated films and develop the professional awareness you need to launch your career. Working with experienced teaching staff in our newly refurbished, dedicated production studio, you will gain the knowledge and expertise you need through traditional and digital animation practice.

Our varied and exciting curriculum includes drawing, sequential image making, 2D and 3D computer animation, character development, narrative, timing, editing, sound and the historical and contemporary context of animation. Animation plays an increasingly important role in the messages that are part of our daily lives, not only on our film and television screens but also on the internet and mobile devices. The programme provides the ideal preparation for many careers in Animation both as an independent filmmaker or part of a wider creative team.  

External live projects, competitions and exhibitions will help you get your work noticed and give you experience of professional practice. In your final year, you will produce a final graduation film to send to a range of national and international animation and film festivals. The course features visits from high-profile industry professionals, with a chance to be inspired by leading practitioners such as BAFTA nominated animation studio Fettle, who have visited the course to talk about their practice and to advise our third year students about how to begin a career in the creative industries.

Student Success

Graduate, Tom Edmondson, scooped an award for animation documenting historic Paignton pudding riot. Tom based his feature around the 19th Century Paignton Pudding Riot – a celebration to mark the arrival of the railway where a crowd of 18,000 scrambled for pieces of the pudding and a riot broke out. And his work, which he created for his final-year project, won the Screening Prize at the New Designers Awards – a new award for 2016 to recognise the importance of digital media. 

Tom Edmondson - 'The Paignton Pudding Riot'.

To see more student work please visit the course vimeo page- Animation - University of Derby

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

During the first year of study studio briefs and workshops will help you define your creativity and approach to animation, while honing your knowledge of digital techniques, drawing and core animation principles. Your lectures and seminars will also focus on the culture, history and context of your subject.  

You’ll study modules such as: 

  • Animation Practice
  • Visual Culture: History
  • Visual Exploration 
  • Visual Problem Solving

You’ll focus on developing skills in a project-based environment, exploring ways of thinking to help you excel in animation.  You’ll become increasingly confident with professional approaches to animation and module content will extend your theoretical and technological capabilities within the subject. Your studies will be enriched through links with animation practitioners and agencies as well as the chance to take part in global and national competitions and live projects set by outside agencies.

You’ll study modules such as:  

  • Directed Projects in Animation
  • Digital Moving Image
  • Professional Practice
  • Visual Culture Theory  
  • Design Strategies
  • Sequential Illustration

The emphasis in your final year will be on building original, distinctive animations based on strong ideas and technical skill. There is a major project in which you will showcase your abilities as well as competitions and live project briefs.

  • Specialist Practice in Animation
  • Negotiated Study in Animation
  • Destinations
  • Visual Culture: Extended Essay 

How you will learn

The emphasis throughout the programme is on practical project work which integrates technical, analytical, intellectual and organisational aspects of professional practice. You’ll also enjoy an exciting variety of other teaching and learning methods, including workshop practice, demonstrations, group critiques, field studies, cultural visits, lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, work checks, reports and assignments.  

As a full-time student, you’ll be expected to attend on a daily basis, according to the schedule of sessions provided by each module leader, with specific periods of time allocated to self-directed study.  As the course progresses, you’ll take more responsibility for independent study as you prepare for and complete your final project. 

Assessment is based 100% on coursework, which can include a showreel and promotional materials to launch yourself as a professional animator.  

How you will be assessed

Assessment is based 100% on coursework, which can include a showreel and promotional materials to launch yourself as a professional animator.

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points96-112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details
Portfolio

Yes - please see below

Selection is based on a portfolio interview, after which you may be required to complete a Foundation Diploma or Year Zero before progressing to the degree course

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Find out more about Animation

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

Our graduates have gone on to establish successful animation studios or to work for major TV production companies. There are wide-ranging career opportunities for animators in advertising, film, television, games design, web design, creative studios, education and the freelance world.   

The course offers you the ideal preparation for careers in this ever-changing market where you can challenge the use and production of animation. Because we take a contemporary view of animation and its applications, you will showcase your work to potential employers through a variety of platforms, advertising and mobile devices.   

For aspiring entrepreneurs, we also provide business support through our incubation unit – Banks Mill.  It offers studio workspace and business development activities within a vibrant and thriving community of artists, designers and makers. 

You could also consider our MA Visual Communication if you would like to take your studies to postgraduate level.

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: Stuart Poynton (Programme Leader) E: S.Poynton@derby.ac.uk Tel: 01332 593124
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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