Full-time: 3 years
£9,250 per year* (2020/21)
£14,045 per year (2020/21)
112 (September 2020 entry)
Markeaton Street, Derby Campus
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.
- You will experiment with a broad range of methods, materials and processes, from traditional hand-drawn animation to 3D digital techniques.
- The course will encourage you to select from and combine methods in pursuing your individual interests, developing a distinctive approach to animation production and helping you to realise your own unique vision.
- You will explore the use of animation for storytelling, social commentary, personal agenda films, documentary, music videos, live performance, broadcasting and advertising.
- Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016.
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.
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.
Below you will find a selection of student work produced on the BA (Hons) Animation programme. To see more student work please visit the course vimeo page- Animation - University of Derby.
All art and design courses are based at our Markeaton Street site where modern, purpose built studios and labs provide a modern creative space for our arts students. Markeaton Street encompasses Chandos Pole Street (home to our Fashion and Textiles courses) and Britannia Mill (home to Fine Arts and our print-making facilities). Students on any of our theatre related courses also get to study at Derby Theatre, and Dance students study at Deda.
Markeaton Street is a 15 minute walk from Kedleston Road, and is serviced by regular free site shuttle buses.
Explore our facilities through our Virtual Tour:
Art and Design creative spaces
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:
- The Principles of Animation
- Pre-Production and Visual Development
- Animation Production
- Critical Approaches to Animation and Visual Effects
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:
- Advanced Animation Production
- Animation Applications and Contexts
- Professional Practice
- Researching Animation and Visual Effects: Principles and Practices
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 Studies in Animation
- Independent Research Project in Animation and Visual Effects
- Portfolio and Promotion
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
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.
- We offer an Art School experience which involves mixed media approaches and a wide range of visual experiences and workshops.
- You’ll be taught in a professional studio environment supported by the latest online teaching and learning facilities. It is the ideal setting for you to experiment with state-of-the-art equipment and resources that are constantly updated to reflect industry standards. You’ll use software such as Adobe After Effects, Animate, Maya, Logic Pro and ToonBoom.
- We encourage your independent thinking as you learn all aspects of the production of animation – including sound, lighting and editing. There are light boxes and rostrum to create 2D animation and Wacom tablets for digital drawn animation. You’ll also have access to our sound and film studios which feature professional level video and sound recording resources, including green screen equipment, to help you develop your personal way of making animation.
- You’ll explore not only how to create animations but also how to develop a unique aesthetic and personal voice, building a designer’s approach to animation. Workshops in 3D, drawing, printing and design will challenge your visual approach and feed into your technical understanding.
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.
Every year students from the School of Arts celebrate their time at University by showcasing their work at an end of year Degree Show at Markeaton Street and across the City of Derby. The Show usually runs throughout June and is a fantastic opportunity for potential employers, friends, family, industry and members of the public to see exciting creations by the next generation of artists, designers, creators and makers from Derby. The Show takes the form of:
Take a look at highlights from the 2019 Degree Show.
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Yes - Digital portfolio
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
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.
£9,250 per year*
£14,045 per year
* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
Additional costs and optional extras
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.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
Download programme specification
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.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- All software used on the course is available on the University computers in the dedicated studio spaces
- The programme uses Adobe Creative Suite, which is installed on all Macs in MS102 and MS012
- Materials (for drawing and group work related activities) are provided for set coursework tasks
- Access to all resources in Visual Communication studio and related workshop areas (printmaking, digital print)
- Compulsory Study Visits, Participation in University Degree Show and a London Graduate Show
- Additional access to wider University Arts’ facilities including equipment loan store and other facilities, such as digital print workshops
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Students should purchase a practice folder and an outcomes folder (Approx. £50 each)
- USB Flash Drive (approx. £10 - £15 depending on brand and storage capacity)
- A2/A3 Portfolio (£5 - £50)
- A4 Sketchbook (approx. £10 each)
- Printing of design work - print bureau prices range from £0.65 - £55 depending on size and paper quality. However, a minimum expectation would be approx. £25 - £50 for printing these materials.
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Individual student accounts for the Adobe Creative Cloud run on a subscription of £16.24 per month (price taken February 2018) available on the Adobe Website
- No none-curricular trips are currently included. If future events are of specific interest to the Animation then we would publish these as extracurricular, none compulsory trips. UK Based from approx. £10 - £100 depending on event and distance and from Derby; International (European) approx. £250 - £600 depending on event location
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.