Cardiff Metropolitan University Animation

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Cardiff Metropolitan University Animation

Cardiff Metropolitan University Animation

Animation – BA (Hons) Degree

Course Overview

Animators breathe life into stories, making even the simplest line drawing magically come alive, and engaging anyone in a language that is understood by all.

On this course you become familiar with the techniques, principles and skills that open up the world of animation. You learn to create the illusion of motion – using time, sound and form to bring images, ideas and stories to life. You take complex information and use both traditional mediums as well as new technologies to assemble meaningful narratives.

Build on your critical and analytical skills. Develop your individual voice as well as your expertise – and learn how to apply your skillset across the creative industries.

Emerge as an animator with the skills, confidence and critical thinking to dive into the growing world of professional animation.

Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry.​​

Please note: This programme will undergo periodic review in early 2017. As such, course content shown below may change to ensure the programme remains current. Any applicants will be informed of any changes once confirmed.

​Course Content​

​​​​You’ll start the course by gaining a broad understanding of the animation process, while creating your first projects using digital and analogue techniques. You’ll take your personal practice further – expanding your knowledge and exploring the historical, theoretical and social context of your subject.

You’ll spend your time in specialist studios, using industry standard equipment to hone your technical skills in a broad range of disciplines, including:

  • Fundamentals of 2D, 3D and stop motion animation
  • Storyboarding and film language for animation
  • Life drawing
  • Storytelling and direction
  • Camera, lighting and composition
  • Art direction; creating and designing characters and worlds
  • Characterization and acting for animation
  • Mixed media and experimental animation
  • New platforms, gaming, VR and installation
  • Traditional and digital production techniques and process; from idea development to delivery
  • Professional practice and business skills

You’ll have many other valuable experiences too – such as script writing exercises and opportunities to direct voice actors and puppeteers.