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BA (Hons) Animation

Course overview

Start date

September 2020

Subject area

Digital Media

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

Study animation at UEL and learn from award winning specialist tutors and animators working in industry. 

On our student centred course, you learn your craft in practical teaching sessions, learning to use both core artistic skills and state of the art technology to tell your own stories. 

You are encouraged to develop originality, beginning with the traditional foundations of animation and ending with a fully realised graduation film, using your own choice of specialism in 2D, 3D or Stop-Motion animation.

Tutors working in industry help you to prepare for your creative working life after graduation, so that your three years with us is the beginning of a life-long career doing something you love. 

UCAS points

96

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

WFWP

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Specialist practitioners

Studying animation at UEL you are working with specialist practitioners, with years of international animation experience, working in industry, making films and winning awards.

Small class sizes

Small class sizes mean you can develop your own original creative voice, properly supported by technicians and lecturers.

East London

Studying in East London places you in the UK's most diverse, highly dynamic community of artists and designers.

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Jess Mountfield, ANIMADE Studios.

The animation course at UEL is an excellent blend of taught sessions and creative freedom. The briefs, teaching and guidance received help students develop skills right across the production pipeline, but leave them plenty of space to choose their direction and find their artistic voice. The focus on employability and industry throughout the course is fantastic - ensuring real connections with the animation world, and practical development of what students need to help them get them animation jobs they'll love.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,700
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

96

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
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.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

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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

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

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).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

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 the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

Studying animation at UEL you’ll develop your skills, starting with core animation techniques, building into your own unique way of working. You’ll learn to tell original stories that hold your audience like no other medium can. 

In practical workshops you’ll learn both traditional skills and digital practice, beginning with core skills that will always set you apart from others who haven’t studied at this level. 

You will have the opportunity to develop your traditional skills in life-drawing, 2D drawn animation, stop-motion model animation plus more unusual alternative strategies like paint-on-glass, cut-out paper and sand on glass animation and new hybrid technologies like 3D printing and laser cutting.

You’ll learn to combine these analogue craft skills with digital skills, like digital 2D and 3D animation techniques including Adobe Photoshop, Animate and After Effects, Maya and TV Paint, and become comfortable using graphics tablets to draw digitally.

Alongside this you will learn how to tell your own stories through animation, designing characters and environments, searching and researching, structuring and producing animated stories that will captivate, inspire, educate and entertain.

You’ll learn put all these skills together in an original way that will make you a unique voice in your chosen field.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

  • Professional Life (Mental Wealth)
  • Art & Design Workshops, Processes & Skills
  • Art & Design Studio Practice & Portfolio
  • Art & Design Specialist Workshops, Processes & Skills
  • Art & Design Specialist Studio Practice & Portfolio
  • Art & Design Contextual Studies
  • Documentary 1: Documentary and Representation
  • Experimentation and Application 1A (Animation)
  • Aesthetics & Technologies: Practice as Research
  • Narrative 1: Narrative Fiction
  • Experimentation and Application 1B (Animation)
  • Mental Wealth: Agency 1
  • Documentary 2: Experimental Documentary
  • Advanced Experimentation and Applications (Animation)
  • Animated Short Film
  • Narrative 2: Advanced Narrative
  • Advanced Practice (Animation)
  • Mental Wealth: Agency 2
  • Animation Pre-Production
  • Final Project: Development
  • Aesthetics & Technologies: Professional Practices
  • Animation Post-Production
  • Final Project: Completion
  • Mental Wealth: Agency 3

How you'll be assessed

We'll give you feedback throughout all of your practice modules. You'll document and reflect on this feedback and your learning in general in ‘research journals’ and over the course of your modules you’ll build a portfolio of your assignments and exercises. We help you monitor your work in one-to-one tutorials throughout the learning period before you submit them for marking at the end of the module.
 
The two main forms of assessment for our modules are the research journal and your portfolio.

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

You’ll learn animation entirely by hands-on, practical workshops, exercises and assignments. The modules and projects are carefully structured to build up your knowledge and confidence in animation craft, storytelling and characterisation. 

You learn the fundamentals of animated movement, moving from simple techniques to expanding your visual language, we introduce you to the most contemporary methods, giving you a toolkit that provides you with the widest creative options to find your creative and professional path.

The academic team who’ll teach you these skills are approachable and knowledgeable leaders in their field. Course leader William Bishop-Stephens and Senior Lecturer Pooja Pottenkulam studied animation together at the internationally respected postgraduate school the Royal College of Art. They are specialist practitioners, with years of international animation experience, working in industry, making films and winning international awards. 

We have visiting lecturers who work the rest of the week in the heart of London’s thriving animation industry. In our Agency modules, you’ll experience working in teams on real world professional briefs.

With an excellent staff-to-student ratio and your own academic advisor, you’ll receive the attention your efforts deserve- something that is lacking in courses with much larger class sizes.

As you learn, through practical exercises and exploring the subject with personal projects and interesting assignments, you’ll also start developing your professional practice by responding in teams to client briefs and live projects. You’ll develop your professional independence as you begin to identify the working practices that will work for you in the future.

By learning how to make short animated films you learn everything about how animation works and how you can bring something new to it. Your final-year graduation film is your own choice of project, using the methods you have developed during the first two years of your degree to showcase your skills and your unique vision to the world.

Your future career

Graduates from BA Animation at UEL have gone on to enjoy success in various fields, setting up studios, co-operatives, working as freelance creatives or working with London commercial studios like Nexus, Blink and Passion Pictures.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.

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