Animation Production BA(Hons)

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

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Start date

20 September 2021


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

About the course

Animation is a lively and exhilarating medium that expresses story and character through light, line and movement. Whether putting together a compelling narrative, creating environments, storyboards and illustrations, or experimenting with new technologies and abstract forms of movement, the process of animation is rich and complex.

On this course you’ll have the opportunity to experience every aspect of animation, from mastering existing techniques and technologies to developing something new. You’ll collaborate with other subjects in art, design and technology offering you the chance to encounter new materials, styles and production processes to give you a well-rounded experience. You’ll develop your own visual language and gain the technical skills to help your ideas take shape though illustration, 3D, film, stop-motion, and kinetic technologies. We’ll help you define your preferred area of interest early in the course, and you'll continue to develop your skills throughout.

You will:

  • Work in a lively and dynamic studio environment and be encouraged to develop your creative and conceptual thinking, whilst being supported by our widely experienced, specialist tutors and technicians.
  • Engage and experiment with the tools and technologies of other disciplines within the Barbara Hepworth building to develop experimental and expanded modes of practice.
  • Be exposed to a range of inspiring guest speakers and participate in live sessions and workshops delivered by professional animators external to the University.
  • Use our links with industry and professional practitioners to gain the opportunity to take part in live projects, national competitions, awards and exhibitions.

I chose to study Animation as I love illustrating and designing characters for stories. The facilities available on campus are outstanding; I loved being able to dip into the library for a whole range of books both in and out of my subject area, as well as going to the print bureau to print work for my portfolio. The relaxed atmosphere in the studio and the whole University really made it feel like a second home.

Profile photo of Claire Stout

Claire Stout, Animation BA(Hons) 2019 Graduate

Course detail

Core modules:

Animation Studio 1

The module will concentrate on promoting an overview of disciplined approaches to the breadth of contemporary practices in animation production. The focus is on exploration and experiment in ideas, materials, styles and production processes, in order to provide a well-rounded experience and to broadly introduce approaches to animation practice. You will be encouraged to draw upon existing interests in order to begin assembling compelling narratives, as well as creating environments, storyboards and illustrations, or experimenting with new technologies and abstract foms of movement. You will have the opportunity to develop your own unique visual language and, in conjunction with adjacent modules, you will gain the technical skills to help your ideas take shape though illustration, 3D, film, stop-motion, and kinetic technologies. You will be helped to define your preferred area of interest early in the course, and you'll continue to develop your skills throughout. Strategies for developing visual awareness and conceptual thinking, and of selecting appropriate methods of production are central to this module. You will be introduced to current debates and issues within animation and associated disciplines in the visual arts, and to the ways in which animated artefacts affect audiences as well as being ‘read’ or interpreted in critical contexts.

Process and Production 1

This 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.

Animation Theory in Practice 1

This module develops an understanding of animation culture, whilst also introducing professional practice and processes of exhibiting work. Animation is both a form of entertainment and a critical and cultural practice. An analysis of a range of animation festivals, alongside a series of submitted films will introduce vital issues within contemporary animation theory, and trace the emergence of some of the subject’s most influential ideas and techniques. You will have the opportunity to learn to recognize and understand key conventions and contexts, whilst exploring their overlap with a set of technical skills which might be employed in the context of your studio projects. A written assignment and a festival pitch will test your confidence and ability to demonstrate a rich engagement with contemporary animation practice.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2021 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2022, please view the 2022-23 course information.


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.

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

Student Work

A gallery of work by our students and graduates from Animation courses throughout the years. Click on each image to find out more.

Your career

Courses within the subject area of Art and Design aim 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.

Graduates of our Animation degree have gone on to senior positions at The Mill, Man vs Machine, TILT (Amsterdam), Brown Bag and Territory Studios.**

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 these subjects who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates)

Source: **GEMS


85-90% 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.

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