Teaching and learning in 2020/21

In order to prioritise the safety of students and staff, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning. For more details on changes to this course, see our undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster.

Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The Foundation year is designed to prepare you for your chosen discipline and give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within the field. It begins in the first semester with the development of fundamental Art and Design skills, as well as practical exploration across all of the disciplines in our Art and Design Foundation programme. In the second semester you are encouraged to specialise in your own discipline and are supported at this stage by tutors from your host course. You will also benefit from workshops in our high-end facilities, and from working with leading academics who will encourage you to become a confident and creative thinker. Your practical development is accompanied by modules in both semesters on foundational academic skills – skills that will be essential as you progress to your chosen full degree.

On successful completion of the Foundation year, you will be able to move on to study for the Animation BA Honours degree over a further three years study.

Our 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.

Commercial animation is a rapidly growing and vibrant industry, encompassing a broad range of rewarding and fascinating creative job opportunities. Our strong emphasis on creative practice will help you 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 producer, technician, designer or manager. You’ll 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 national and international competitions and film festivals. Our course is delivered by a large team of experienced animation practitioners, staff and industry visitors, and you’ll 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 our course seeks to reflect this fluidity. You’ll rapidly develop your own practice in animation, and will be encouraged to work on shared initiatives. Based at our Harrow Campus – home to the Westminster School of Arts and the Westminster School of Media and Communications – you’ll work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique creative hothouse. 

Top reasons to study with us

  • Master multiple animation methods – You’ll have the chance to master a wide range of animation methods, both traditional and cutting-edge
  • Learn from expert tutors – In-depth subject-specific support is provided by our large team of animation tutors, each with their own areas of expertise
  • Showcase your animation – Your work will be shown at our Regent Street Cinema – the birthplace of British cinema
  • Study in a creative environment – Our Harrow Campus offers opportunities for collaboration with artists, musicians, filmmakers and designers from around the world

Course structure

You'll learn through high-level, tutor-guided studio practice, and by doing – we actively promote 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. 

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include (across 5 core modules): 

  •  Introduction to Academic Practice
  •  Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development
  •  Art and Design Explorations
  •  Making and Modelling
  •  Seeing and Doing

There are no optional or elective modules offered at Level 3, as the focus is on the development of key academic skills through a broad understanding of Media and Design

Credit Level 3

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

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

Commercial animation is a rapidly growing and vibrant industry, encompassing a broad range of rewarding and fascinating creative job opportunities. 

Career development is embedded in the course. Students can work part-time, on placements and enjoy work-related learning across all three years of study.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Student satisfaction

94% of our Animation BA students were satisfied with the quality of the course.

(Source: Discover Uni - site accessed in January 2020)

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Become multi-skilled

You’ll have the chance to master multiple animation methods, both traditional and cutting-edge, opening you up to more career opportunities. 

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Industry links

We have links with the Royal Television Society and the British Animation Awards.

Recent guests have included:

  • Michael Rosen
  • Michaël Dudok de Wit
  • Caroline Leaf
  • Jelly London (agency)

Work experience

Our students have had regular work experience opportunities at the Royal College of Art and National Film and Television School, and in the past, we've organised an annual masterclass for our animation students at the Aardman Academy.

Our Animation students have also been assisted in securing work experience and internships by our Creative Enterprise Centre

Job roles 

This course will prepare you for a range of roles, including:

  • Animator
  • Art Director
  • Character Designer
  • Director
  • Editor

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Entertainment One
  • Lupus Films
  • One of Us
  • Weta Digital
  • WildBrain

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

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.

Why study this course?

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Industry-standard software

You'll use industry-standard software such as Adobe Suite, Maya, Dragonframe and TV Paint.

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A multi-disciplinary creative environment

You'll work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism.

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Specialist facilities and support

You'll have access to excellent facilities and a full-time animation technician to support you.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

Find an online open day

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Student Work

A selection of short films created by Animation BA students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – DD

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – PPP
  • BTEC Diploma – MP
  • Access – 48 UCAS tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4; GCSE Maths not required

If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

You may be required to bring a portfolio of practical work to interview.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points (minimum)

If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

You may be required to bring a portfolio of practical work 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.

Facilities

 

Access to specialist facilities is essential for you to make the most of your degree, and it's our priority to make sure that you have everything you need. 

Our specialist facilities include:

  • Dedicated animation studios that are open long hours
  • An invaluable full-time Animation Technician
  • Free use of LinkedIn Learning 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

Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

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

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

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: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

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.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

visit our student hub

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Course location

Harrow is our creative and cultural hub, home to most of our arts, media and digital courses. It houses state-of-the-art facilities for every discipline, including project and gallery spaces, film studios, creative labs, collaborative learning spaces, and the creative enterprise hub.

Harrow Campus is based in north-west London, just 20 minutes from the city centre by train.

For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.
 

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