Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Commercial animation is a rapidly growing and vibrant industry, encompassing a very broad range of rewarding and fascinating creative job opportunities. This exciting specialist course will enable you to develop your imaginative and creative skills, while giving you a sound knowledge and understanding of animation processes, techniques and critical theory.

The strong emphasis on creative practice will help to develop your skills in drawing and design, along with the imaginative development and innovation of ideas expressed sequentially. These skills, together with the professional practice aspects of the course, will ensure that you have the confidence and expertise to succeed in industry, whether as a designer, manager, producer or technician. You will also develop the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Throughout the course there are opportunities for you to take part in external national and international competitions and film festivals. The course is delivered by a large team of experienced animation practitioners, staff and industry visitors, and you will work in dedicated specialist animation studios with facilities for blue screen, rostrum animation, CGI, drawing, stop-frame, film, photography, set building, sound and video.

Successful animators need to be flexible and able to adapt to changing cultures and new initiatives, and the course seeks to reflect this fluidity. You will rapidly develop your own practice in animation, and you will be encouraged to work on shared initiatives. Based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus – home to the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design – you will work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique creative hothouse.

The teaching and delivery of the course is through high-level, tutor-guided studio practice, and actively promotes experimentation, reflection and the sharing of enthusiasms and influences. The unique integrated theoretical elements of the course provide a critical framework within which you can examine animation and related time-based practices, and will significantly support and inform your own practice. All modules are assessed through coursework, and we offer a range of methods including crits, submitted work, research plans and seminar presentations.

Course structure

 

    You are introduced to a broad range of concepts in animation and visual design, and you will work both independently and collaboratively. The practice and integrated theory modules are project led, and all involve elements of research, problem solving and experimentation with processes and ideas.

    Subjects of study include:

    • Animatics
    • Classic Narrative Animation Film Development
    • Experimental Film Development
    • Pioneers Bootcamp
    • Production/Collaboration

    Credit Level 4

    You are encouraged to take more individual responsibility for developing your ideas and approaches to animation, and to enter your work for external competitions and film festivals. You will begin to develop your own individual approaches to animation production, so practical work has a higher conceptual demand, and you are encouraged to be innovative and experimental.

    Subjects of study include:

    • Adaptation for Animation
    • Art/Science Collaboration
    • Curating, Distribution and Dissemination
    • Creative Encounters
    • Digital Aesthetics
    • Digital Pathways
    • Documentary Development
    • Media Explorations
    • Scriptwriting for Media
    • Transmedia Practices

    Credit Level 5

    You will work on self-directed projects within both theory and practice elements of the course, enabling you to intensively focus on personal development, whether you plan to work as an independent animator or within a growing commercial context such as advertising, the animation games industry or interactive design. Integrated 'theory of practice' modules will ensure that you develop the skills and confidence required to operate effectively in a range of professional situations.

    The work produced at this level can be used as evidence in support of application to further study or professional commissions and employment.

    Subjects of study include:

    • Graduation Project Development
    • Graduation Project Production
    • Minor Project Development
    • Production / Collaboration
    • Research Presentation

    Credit Level 6

    Westminster Plus Electives

     
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    As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

    Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

    Course Team

    Staff all have industry experience and a range of creative specialisms – from stop frame animation, to documentaries and graphic novels. Contact time with tutors is a priority, so we keep our class sizes small, and give you the attention that you need to make the most interesting projects possible. We bring the industry into the classroom with live projects and competitions – we know that there is nothing better than seeing your work in the real world.

    Entry Requirements

    Typical offer

    • A Levels - CC
    • International Baccalaureate - 26 points (minimum)
    • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - MMP
    • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus English GCSEs at grade C

    Ideally you should have passed the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design but other equivalent qualifications are welcomed. You should have a portfolio of practical work to bring to interview.

    View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

    Typical offer

    • International Baccalaureate - 26 points (minimum)

    Ideally you should have passed the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design but other equivalent qualifications are welcomed. You should have a portfolio of practical work to bring to interview.

    More information

    Pre-sessional English programmes

    Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

    Careers

    Animation BA is a creative degree packed full of vocational skills. Our network of successful alumni enrich the course with guest lecturers and internships.

    The creative sector is thriving in London and our links with industry mean that our graduates have landed some fantastic opportunities. We love to have them back as guest lecturers to talk about their careers in special effects, games design and immersive applications.

    Work experience at the RCA and NFTS

    We work in close relationship with the Royal College of Art and the National Film and Television School, to provide our students with valuable work experience on their award winning animation productions. This happens in the 2nd and 3rd year of the course, and its the perfect introduction to working on a professional production team. Its a great chance to get your name on the credits of an award winning film!

    Cartoon Network

    Every year one of our alumni is awarded an internship at Cartoon Network.

    Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

    With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

    In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

    As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

    We can help you:

    • find work placements related to your course
    • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
    • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
    • market yourself effectively to employers
    • write better CVs and application forms
    • develop your interview and enterprise skills
    • plan your career with our careers consultants
    • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

    Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

    Facilities

    Access to specialist facilities is essential for you to make the most of your degree. It is our priority to make sure that you have everything you need:

    • Dedicated animation studios that are open long hours.
    • An invaluable full time Animation Technician.
    • Free use of Lynda.com for online tutorials.
    • Industry standard software: Adobe suite, Maya, Dragonframe and TV Paint.
    • Space and equipment to experiment: animation lightboxes, rostrum cameras, digital line-testers, puppet animation and blue-screen studios.
    • The historical Regent Street Cinema for screenings.
    • TV Studios – for professional standard cameras and staging.
    • Sound Studios – to record interviews and effects.
    • Green Screen – our professional studio is great for special effects.
    • Multiskills workshop – you can make just about anything here!
    • Printmaking – if you want to get your hands dirty and get creative.
    • Photography and printing.

    Fees and Funding

    UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

    The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

    Find out how we set our tuition fees.

    Funding

    As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

    Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

    Scholarships

    The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

    Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

    Additional costs

    See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

    International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

    The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

    Find out how we set our tuition fees.

    International student funding

    Find out about funding for international students.

    Scholarships

    The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

    Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

    Additional costs

    See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

    Course Location

    The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

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