BA (Hons) Animation (2D and Stop Motion)

If you want to work in the 2D or stop- motion animation industry, and have a passion for storytelling through animation, this course is for you.

You’ll gain plenty of hands-on experience of traditional and digital animation techniques to complement your strong drawing skills and imagination. You’ll be encouraged to find ways to apply these skills throughout the entire animation process.

There is a strong emphasis on teamwork and professional practice on this animation course, which will give you a realistic understanding of how the industry works and will enhance your employment prospects.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
23X6 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
23X6 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

The first year concentrates on core traditional and digital skills for animation and animated storytelling. You’ll improve your skills and learn how to work as part of a creative team.

During the second and third years, you’ll develop your specialist areas of animation and identify your strengths in small production teams, working on live briefs. You’ll also work towards high levels of skill in animated outcomes, whether these are in pre-production (eg, concept, storyboard, backgrounds, character design) or in 2D traditional or digital/ stop-motion production (eg, character animation, sets, props, puppet and model-making), or post-production compositing.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have produced an exciting showreel and your own short graduation lm – all you’ll need to impress employers and to make your start in this dynamic industry. You’ll also develop lots of transferable skills, including team working and time management.

Year one: Animation degree

  • Introduction to Animation
  • Exploring Animation
  • Drawing & Visual Language
  • Further Adventures in Animation
  • Technical Studies: 2D & Stop-motion
  • Narrative Strategies

Year two: Animation degree

  • Design and Animate
  • Animation Collaboration
  • Technical Option: 2D
  • Technical Option: Stop-motion
  • Sequential Narrative
  • Critical Studies in Animation
  • Advanced Techniques in 2D and Stop-motion

Year three: Animation degree

  • Animation Dissertation
  • Major Project
  • Advanced Scriptwriting for Animated Film and Television
  • Major Project – Pre-production
  • Business and Employability

Teaching

Your practical work will be complemented and enhanced by theory modules. The module in visual studies will develop your observational skills, film studies will provide a context for your practical work and business studies will ensure you have a thorough understanding of the industry and the marketplace.

Assessment

You will be assessed primarily through coursework, with examinations in some areas.

Lecturers

Nicola Marlborough, Course Leader
Pete Hodges, Academic Subject Manager
Gerald Emanuel, Senior Lecturer
Leonie Sharrock, Senior Lecturer
Sarah Strickett, Lecturer
Brian Fagence, Lecturer
Graham Griffiths, Lecturer
Stan Evens, Technical Demonstrator

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Interview:

An interview and portfolio are required for this course. Your portfolio should demonstrate strong artistic and design abilities. Your portfolio should be a carefully constructed selection of your work, preferably produced during your most recent course of study, and can include any personal work or projects that you feel are relevant to the course.

All work should be well organised and presented. You should also be prepared to discuss your work and any designers and/or artists who have influenced you.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include a relevant higher subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - 2D £40 - £80
External Hard Drive (£40-£80 required all academic years),
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - 2D £100
Sketchbooks (£100 required all academic years).
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - 2D £150
Drawing Equipment (£150 required all academic years),
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - 2D £50 - £800
Wacom Tablet/ Cintiq (£50 - £800 only required for Years Y2 & 3)
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - 2D £200
Books/ Magazines (£200 required all academic years).
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - Stop Motion £40 - £80
External Hard Drive (required all academic years).
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - Stop Motion £200 - £300
Materials for puppets. Years 2 & 3
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - Stop Motion £200 - £300
Materials for Sets. Years 2 & 3.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - Stop Motion £200 - £300
Tools for building/sculpting. Years 2 & 3.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - Stop Motion £150
Sketchbooks/ Drawing materials (required all academic years)

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

During the second year of your animation degree, there is an opportunity to apply for a place on our exchange programme to study at one of our partner institutions internationally.

Many career opportunities exist in the animation industry. Our graduates have worked on productions such as Fantastic Mr Fox, Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride, Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam and The Cramp Twins, at prestigious studios such as Warner Bros, a-Productions, Aardman Animations, Cosgrove Hall, Hot Animation, Calon, Telemagination or HRA Associates.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.