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BA (Hons)Animation

Tuition fee £12,500.00 per year
Course code W615
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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.

Programme structure

Year 1

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:

Classic Narrative Animation Film Development
Experimental Film Development
Pioneers Bootcamp
Production / Collaboration

Year 2

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

Year 3

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

Career opportunities

At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States