Graphic Design and Animation BA(Hons)

2021-22 (also available for 2020-21)

Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DMM

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Places available (subject to change)

120 across a suite of three courses

About the course

In this digital age, Animation and Graphic Design go hand in hand. From film and advertising to websites and social media, these disciplines co-exist across different media channels including digital, print and moving image.

On this course you will:

  • Explore a range of processes including: film editing, photography, 3D modelling, motion graphics, creative coding, typography, branding and user-experience design.
  • Be part of our unique studio culture that encourages you to collaborate with students from other disciplines including artists, photographers and designers across the school; we call this transdisciplinary teaching.
  • Experiment to see what’s possible, so we encourage you to try new things and take risks. You’ll also use industry standard software and build your knowledge of professional design processes, including an opportunity to attain Adobe Accreditation.

Our approach closely aligns itself with creative industry practices, it also encourages innovation through collaboration, which will enhance your prospects when applying for an optional industry placement. The ambitions and ethos of this course are championed by our students, staff, graduates and industry partners. It’s vital that you understand how Graphic Design, both static and animated, works in the wider world, so we work with a range of communication theories and diverse guest speakers, giving you the chance to understand the factors shaping the future of Graphic Design.

Graphic Design and Animation has an 85.5% student satisfaction rating (NSS 2020)

The past four years at The University of Huddersfield has equipped me with the skills and knowledge needed for the design industry and the multidisciplinary structure has allowed me to freely explore myself as a creative, designer and animator while being supported by the expert guidance from the tutors. The variety of first-class facilities adhere to a wide range of creative practices and the opportunity to do a placement year has further enhanced my skills ready for future employment.

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Reece Stott, Graphic Design and Animation BA(Hons), 2020 graduate

Course detail

Core modules:

Foundation Studio Practice

On this module you’ll 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 to your 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

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.

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 animationanimated graphics in contemporary discourse. 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 explore concepts useful to both your studio practice and for a series of written assignments. You’ll be asked to produce assignments work in a range of written formats, which will develop and then test your confidence and ability to demonstrate your an understanding of, and engagement with, contemporary practice and visual, material and digital cultures. 100% portfolio.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level or equivalent

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass in Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design combined with A Level or BTEC qualifications, to total an equivalent of 120 UCAS tariff points.
  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

As a centre of creative excellence, we look forward to hearing about your own creative experiments and ambitions through a discussion of your portfolio at interview.

Read our guidance on developing your portfolio and what to expect from your interview.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (36 weeks 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 within the area of Graphic Design and Animation have previously taken up placement opportunities with companies including: Fantastic Media – Leeds; UYR Group – Pontefract; Territory Studio – London and Banter Media – Ashton under Lyne.

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.

During my placement year at Airbus Helicopters GmbH in Donauwörth, Germany I created posters, infographics, social media material, assisted other colleagues in creating graphic elements and edited videos. My team were a great mix of people and helped me to develop my skills.

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Maria Lynam, Graphic Design BA(Hons) final year student

Student Work

A gallery of work by our students and graduates from Graphic Design and Animation. Click on each image to find out more.

Your career


This course aims to help you develop the skills needed in the growing convergence of graphic design and animation. This could enable you to take up roles in new media design, motion graphics, visual effects, brand awareness, digital strategy, user interaction and concept art, for roles such as design director, digital producer, art director, storyboard artist, social strategist, motion designer, digital designer, interaction designer, interface developer, editor or production co-ordinator.Previous students have been on placements and gained employment with Territory Studio (London), Studio NinetyOne (London) and The Mill (USA)**.

* Percentage of graduates from this course who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates).

**Source: LinkedIn

100% 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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Changes to a course you have applied for

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Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

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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.

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