UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON

Animation

BA (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   No

On our much-admired Animation course we’ll give you both the guidance and the independence you need to express your artistic vision with confidence and quality. 

We combine the best of digital with the best of handmade animation, ensuring that you’ll leave the course with an excellent portfolio that demonstrates the widest range of skills.

Your portfolio will feature your own animated short film, your responses to commercial briefs, character and concept designs, storyboards and illustration work.

Each year, you’ll learn skills that build on your previous learning, with a course structure that encourages your artistic independence while covering the broadest range of animation techniques. 

You’ll develop a visual language through illustration workshops and apply this to your animation work, finding your own balance between the two complementary disciplines. 

Everything will be geared for you to produce the quality and originality of work to mark you out in a crowded and vibrant industry.

If you would benefit from an extra year of study or if you don’t have the entry requirements for the BA course, you can study this course as an ‘extended’, four-year programme. In your first year, you’ll take a foundation year that prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree.

Programme description

On our much-admired Animation course we’ll give you both the guidance and the independence you need to express your artistic vision with confidence and quality. 

We combine the best of digital with the best of handmade animation, ensuring that you’ll leave the course with an excellent portfolio that demonstrates the widest range of skills.

Your portfolio will feature your own animated short film, your responses to commercial briefs, character and concept designs, storyboards and illustration work.

Each year, you’ll learn skills that build on your previous learning, with a course structure that encourages your artistic independence while covering the broadest range of animation techniques. 

You’ll develop a visual language through illustration workshops and apply this to your animation work, finding your own balance between the two complementary disciplines. 

Everything will be geared for you to produce the quality and originality of work to mark you out in a crowded and vibrant industry.

If you would benefit from an extra year of study or if you don’t have the entry requirements for the BA course, you can study this course as an ‘extended’, four-year programme. In your first year, you’ll take a foundation year that prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree.

Key Modules

Animation and Illustration is a rapidly growing, ever-expanding field. The skills we teach at the University of East London mean you’ll be able to adapt to any of the creative opportunities it offers

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In recent years, the role of the illustrator and the animator has converged with the development of digital books and online networks. So the abilities and techniques that you’ll develop on this course are increasingly valued and sought after in the professional world.


Our course is very new but already its reputation has soared, with our students enjoying work placements at major studios such as Framestore and Lionsgate.


Graduates who have studied our animation and illustration modules have gone on to enjoy success in various fields. 

Some of our students set up a university society that grew into a business, Backwards Burd, and which now showcases the work of new illustrators and artists. Others work in animation and motion graphics studios while some run animation workshops.


Opportunities abound. It’s a course that would suit anyone considering a career in independent filmmaking. Or it could be ideal for a start in the graphics industry, producing animated content for advertising, web applications, games design, animated storybooks, apps and music videos.

Module & Subject

Art & Design Studio (core)

Art & Design Workshop (core)

Contextual Studies (core)

Animation and Illustration Studio Practice 1 (core)

Animation and Illustration Workshop Practice (core)

Contextual studies 1: Visual Culture (core)

 

Animation and Illustration Studio Practice 2 (core)

Professional Practice 1 (core)

Contextual studies 2: Approaches to Visual Cultur

Animation and Illustration Studio Practice 3 (core)

Professional Practice 2 (core)

Contextual studies 3: Themes in Contemporary Theory and Practice (option)

Art & Design Dissertation (option)

Entry Requirements
  • Foundation in Art and Design grade Pass and 1 subject at A2 Level
  • Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3
  • Your portfolio should contain between three and five projects that you have undertaken in the areas of drawing, print, graphic art or illustration. It should be between ten and fifteen sheets in length and should not exceed A1 in size.

    The portfolio should show evidence of observational drawing, the development of an idea through to a completed illustration, and techniques and processes that you have worked with. We are particularly interested in seeing your sketchbooks / journals to see how you develop your ideas.

    At interview you should be prepared to discuss your work, ideas and ambitions. You should also be able to discuss graphic artists, illustrators or animators who influence you.
  • Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
  • Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy
  • As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course
    • A LEVEL

    Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.

    FROM

    • BTEC

    Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)

    FROM

    • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

    Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

  • We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work.
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 3 years
Course Fee:  11880.00
Course Level:  UNDERGRADUATE
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  University Way, London E16 2RD, UK
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER