University for the creative arts animation

By | 16th May 2017

University for the creative arts animation

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Animation is one of the most significant and rapidly expanding media fields. An enormous range of career opportunities exist in animation, from the traditional techniques of animation storytelling to drawn, model and CGI animation.

Alumni of our BA (Hons) Animation course include over twenty Oscar and BAFTA winners, as well as numerous nominees and many other award winners who have maintained UCA’s reputation for creativity and innovation in a vibrant and ever expanding animation industry.

From Peppa Pig, the Meerkats, and Fantastic Mr Fox, to Frankenweenie, Simon’s Cat, and Hey Duggee, many of our Animation students have gone on to become renowned animators, directors, filmmakers and producers in the world of animation.

University for the creative arts animation

Course overview:

Established in 1972 by Academy Award winner Bob Godfrey as the UK’s first course to take an academic approach to animation, we pride ourselves on giving our students a comprehensive understanding of frame-by-frame image manipulation using the ever expanding range of creative techniques.

Whether you want to make films using CGI software such as Autodesk Maya, use the latest 2D drawing processes or produce stop-motion films shot in our professionally equipped studios, you’ll be encouraged to follow your passions as you discover and develop your own creative approach to animation.

Guided and supported by our team of highly experienced and well-connected tutors alongside a broad range of visiting industry professionals, you’ll discover that animation is so much more than making moving images.

You’ll develop a deeper understanding of narrative, character development, movement, sound, and the full range of expressive and personal filmmaking techniques contemporary animation now uses.

As a long-established degree course, we’ve built an extensive network of industry connections, giving us access to high-profile visiting lecturers, commissions, competitions and exciting work-placement opportunities.

Our industry links include Studio AKA, Cinesite, The Mill, Nexus, and the National Film and TV School.

University for the creative arts animation

Entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades –  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.