Animation BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.
Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

UCAS Code

WW26

About the course

Animation is all around us. From the latest blockbuster to TV advertising or even on mobile and social media. If you’ve got the creativity and the technical know-how, you could play an exciting role in this ever-expanding industry. This highly creative and innovative course gives you the chance to explore the options.

Developing interesting characters, narratives and illustrations, creating storyboards exploring form, movement and unique storytelling skills, so much goes into even the simplest animation. We’ll give you the chance to experience every aspect, to help you develop powerful, visually smart and creative ideas for your animation.

Along the way we’ll look at idents, stings and shorts, giving you the opportunity to develop your own unique visual language and gain the technical skills to help your ideas take shape. You’ll be working in our specialist studios, where there are plenty of students from other disciplines too, so you can collaborate and spark ideas across the wider community.

It’s vital that you have a chance to understand how animation works in the wider world, and what kind of career prospects are out there, so we organise talks by a range of guest speakers, with professionals from companies like ManvsMachine and Territory Studios. You’ll have the chance to understand the factors out in the real world that are shaping the future of animation.

We’ll also give you the chance to take part in workshops, live briefs and international design competitions. It’s all designed to get you ready for placements, internships and future employment once you’ve graduated.

We believe in keeping your options open as you study too. Animation BA(Hons) is part of a suite of three courses that includes Graphic Design BA(Hons) and Graphic Design and Animation BA(Hons). Once you’ve enrolled on one of the courses, if your interests change and your tutor allows, you could switch to another between your first and second years. You only have to apply for one course within the suite we offer.

I had a fantastic time on placement at Studio Distract. I achieved so much and improved in my work more than I anticipated. I learnt how to work in a team and to a strict deadline, take constructive criticism, and find the balance between producing good quality work and also producing fast work.

Lauren Auty

Lauren Auty, 2016 Graduate

Course detail

Core modules:

Foundation Studio Practice

Foundation Studio is delivered across all teaching weeks of the first year of study. You will be asked to develop a body of work in response to a studio theme. This is defined and structured by module tutors to promote an exploration of the potential of graphic design and animation, as independent and converging practices. This is through the development of experimental practice and proposals as appropriate to your contemporary art and design practice, for the exploration of: the image, image and text, visual grammar and the visual field, typographic form, multimedia materials, photography and motion graphics, animation and interactive media environments. 100% portfolio.

Process and Production 1

The module will introduce you to the key principles of contemporary practice in terms of technique and process. It will focus on the fundamental techniques of production. It will help to develop your understanding of two and three dimensional space and the importance of the image, the frame, the timeline, the loop and the digital processes to generate and capture your work. 100% portfolio.

Theory as Practice 1

This module introduces you to vital discourses and debates surrounding the history, influences, production and critical reception of graphic design and animation. The module explores and introduces contemporary theory as practice, with reference to a wide range of artefacts and texts. We will help you to recognise and understand key conventions and contexts, and create concepts useful to both your studio practice and for a series of written assignments. You’ll be asked to produce assignments in a range of written formats, which will develop and then test your confidence and ability to demonstrate your understanding of and engagement with contemporary practice and visual, material and digital cultures. 100% portfolio.

41% of the study time on this course in spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops etc.

The course is based on practical work in the studio, with supporting lectures, seminars, tutorials and technical workshops which will help you to develop a thorough understanding of the theory relating to animation and motion graphics.

Your assessment will include portfolio reviews and presentation of studio production work, research and developmental work, technical production, written assignments, oral presentations, plus self-assessment and evaluation.

The course focuses on practical experience and you'll be taught by a team of professionals that have experience and knowledge of the animation industry, so you'll have the chance to benefit from their insight and links with the real world. They're also active researchers in the field, which gets fed into their teaching and enhances your learning experience.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a component of the course and will be funded by the University. Study trips may include visits to galleries, museums, and exhibitions.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (36 week minimum) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Students on the course have previously taken up placement opportunities with companies including: Tilt - Amsterdam; Studio Distract - Manchester; Lee Borthwick - London; and The Artworks - Halifax.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

You can find out more information on placements here.

I had a fantastic time at Studio Distract. I achieved so much and improved in my work more than I anticipated. I learnt how to work in a team, to a strict deadline and take constructive criticism.

Lauren Auty>

Lauren Auty, Animation and Motion Graphics BA(Hons) student - placement at Studio Distract, Manchester

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student Work

A gallery of work by our students and graduates from Animation. Click on each image to find out more.
You can see more work from our Graphic Design and Animation suite of courses on their blog.

Your Career


This course aims to help you to develop the skills needed for roles such as director, producer, art director, storyboard artist, 3D animator/artist, modeller, VFX (visual effects) producer, motion designer, digital designer, advertiser, interaction designer, interface developer, effects/technical director, editor, production co-ordinator and runner.

Companies who have employed our talented students in recent years include Cosgrove Hall Films, CPL Online, The Woodland Trust, as well as ManvsMachine, Cubic Motion, The Mill, Code Computerlove and Fantastic Media.**

We can also support you in developing a career as a freelance artist or designer and in setting up your own company.

* Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

Source: **GEMS

95% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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