Animation BA (Hons)





About the course

Animation is constantly changing and evolving, but even with the latest digital techniques drawing and story-telling remain key elements of any successful production.

This course will help you develop these skills, and you’ll also engage in debates on art, design and literature, subjects which will be central to your development.

You will work on individual and group projects, and have the opportunity to collaborate with students from Photography Video Art, Illustration and other courses.



Animation - BA (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - W615
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time evening
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Animation with Professional Practice Year - BA (Hons)

  • This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

    There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

    *Only available to UK/EU students.

Animation with Foundation Year - BA (Hons)

  • A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

    Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    There is also a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2019.


    With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

    The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

    Why study a Foundation Year degree?

    • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
    • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
    • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
    • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

    The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

    During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.





Why choose this course?

  • Learn about how animation’s origins are rooted in the disciplines of art and design
  • Study the fundamental principles of your art through drawing and story-telling narratives
  • Develop a range of personal and practice-based skills that relate to specific areas of contemporary animation
  • Gain a deep understanding of the value of your work, and analyse your progress and on-going development
  • Explore the artistic, critical and cultural contexts associated with contemporary animation
  • Challenge yourself as you work towards the completion of your final project, which will be eligible for entry in national and international festivals and competitions
  • Benefit from the use of the very latest technology – Macs, lightboxes, high-tech cameras and digital studios – to create your work



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Introduction to Art and Design
  • Essential Skill Sets
  • Introduction to studio practice: Animation
  • Key Ideas in Art and Design – Modernism
Year 2
  • Developing Skills Sets
  • Professional Studio Practice: Animation
  • Key Ideas in Art and Design – Globalisation
  • Creative Enterprise
Year 3
  • Present and Promote
  • Key Ideas in Art and Design – Current Debate
  • Final Major Project: Animation

How will I be assessed?

The assessments will allow you to gain skills, confidence and knowledge, receive feedback and develop, thus allowing you to implement this knowledge and feedback into subsequent assessments.

Year 1
  • Written exams = 0%
  • Coursework = 75%
  • Practical exams = 25%
Year 2
  • Written exams = 0%
  • Coursework = 75%
  • Practical exams = 25%
Year 3
  • Written exams = 0%
  • Coursework = 100%
  • Practical exams = 0%

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    We are now in Clearing and entry requirements may have changed, so please give us a call on 0300 3300 073 to discuss with an academic.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.
  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.


  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500
    E: admission@beds.ac.uk

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

  • Portfolio review

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Employability skills are integrated into the course and provide you with an awareness of the real-world context of the creative industries in general and Animation in particular. You will be helped to develop a strategy for obtaining appropriate employment at the end of your course.

Professional practice will be emphasised as part of all learning units but a work-related learning unit especially will help you to become more focused on managing your career. You will be helped with the preparation of a professional portfolio; including a CV and social media skills needed to promote yourself in the art and design world.

An essential feature of the learning and teaching will be your involvement in practical activities that confront visual problems and ideas relevant to Animation. Come and join us and try out your ideas.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

  • The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

  • The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19 is £11,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra costs for this course

Over the three years of your degree you will need to buy some materials. We estimate that the total spend will be around £220 to £295.

Things you will need to pay for include:

  • A3 Portfolio
  • Drawing materials
  • Photographic sundries
  • Degree show sundries
  • Printing

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

The University has invested nearly £3m into a new building for Art and Design students.

Opening in 2013, the six-floor building on Guildford Street was previously owned by fashion house Alexon.

The building boasts:

  • A digital studio with laser cutters and 3D printers
  • A photographic studio and darkroom facilities
  • Numerous workshop areas
  • Dedicated animation studio spaces
  • Open plan studios

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply as an International student



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