Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,750 *
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

Electives

 
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As part of your course you can 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 electives.

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: £12,750 (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.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

  • A LevelsBB/CCC (minimum)

  • International Baccalaureate - 26 points (minimum).

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - MMM depending on subject and overall academic/ skill profile.

  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction, GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in English.

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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