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Do you want to work in animation, film, motion graphics, computer games or graphic design? This course builds on your interests to give you an intellectual understanding of design, art, film and narrative theory.

You will be taught cutting-edge techniques and computer-based animation skills using industry standard software, along with practical project management skills and critical analytical thinking. The Animation course is a vibrant community of practice, which provides you with the opportunity to develop an impressive technical skillset, professional understanding and creative vision.

Northumbria University is ranked 10th in Design & Crafts in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

100% of students surveyed said that overall they are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey, 2018).

Do you want to work in animation, film, motion graphics, computer games or graphic design? This course builds on your interests to give you an intellectual understanding of design, art, film and narrative theory.

You will be taught cutting-edge techniques and computer-based animation skills using industry standard software, along with practical project management skills and critical analytical thinking. The Animation course is a vibrant community of practice, which provides you with the opportunity to develop an impressive technical skillset, professional understanding and creative vision.

Northumbria University is ranked 10th in Design & Crafts in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

100% of students surveyed said that overall they are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey, 2018).

Course Information

UCAS Code
WW2P

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Arts

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

Department / Animation

Jay Stewart / CG Animator

Jay has a wealth of experience in character animation and recently came to hold a workshop with our students.

Module / Animation Performance

In this second year module you will learn how to research, refine and produce performance in animation, through a process of deconstructing and reconstructing movement with a range of animation processes.

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Our philosophy is to combine creative idea generation and technical excellence in every project and to provide a supportive and dynamic studio culture, academic mentorship, and a challenging critical and creative environment that is inspiring and informed by industry.

You will learn principally through the ‘learning by doing’ approach. You are challenged to stretch your imagination and to learn to push the boundaries of conventional modes of thinking and animation realisation in answering your project briefs.

The course encourages a collaborative atmosphere where you will learn from one another, regardless of level, to support and produce animation as a community. This collaboration culminates in ‘Animation’ days, and at ‘work in progress’ screenings.

Module / Animation Performance

In this second year module you will learn how to research, refine and produce performance in animation, through a process of deconstructing and reconstructing movement with a range of animation processes.

Animation Student Profiles

Hear what it is really like to study our Animation BA from our current students.

Our internationally acclaimed, award-winning staff have worked with industry leaders including Sky, STV, UKTV, BBC Worldwide, the British Film Institute and the Wellcome Trust. The location of the academic staff and Animation studios allows for a rich and efficient relationship between staff and students, engineering a supportive studio culture and community.

Our projects are led by a team of academics with extensive professional experience which informs the creative focus and contemporary nature of industry practice. This is reflected in module briefs, and contacts with industry as activated through visits from guest lecturers, live briefs and industry studio visits.

Staff / Meet the Team

At Northumbria we know how important it is that you are taught by staff who understand the animation industry. That is why all of our staff have industry experience and connections to help your learning.

Technology informs and underpins the course, with development of project work enabled through accessing presentations and materials on the eLearning Portal and by you creating and presenting from reflective digital blogs. Our teaching lab comprises industry standard workstations with workshop, seminar and demonstration sessions, and the final realisation of animations through the on-site Render Farm and 3D printer.

You will benefit from our industry links with organisations such as Tyneside Cinema, D&AD, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Channel 4. Plus, you will get to work on a variety of live project briefs to develop your network of contacts and gain real-world experience.

Facilities / Studio

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The research interests of our academic team inform the currency of teaching on the course, as research-based enquiry and research-tutored learning is built into project briefs, workshop sessions and Animation studio culture. You will be shown and involved in research projects that help to develop theory at the forefront of animation research.

Action research workshops involve working closely with academics, and there are links throughout to the research they are involved in. The research-tutored and research/enquiry-based aspects of the course support you in generating your animation show-reel work, which will act as the summative ‘capstone’ of your degree.

This course actively supports you in developing core skills to prepare you for employment. Module briefs reflect industry practices, principles and thinking and you are encouraged to produce challenging work that exhibits originality and finesse of execution.

Your showreel will display evidence of your employability, including the ability to respond dynamically to a creative brief, experience of working in small teams, managing a project, and an understanding of professional behaviour and standards. Specific modules support you in developing your confidence and self-esteem, while the course builds in opportunities for you to collaborate with industry.

You will become practised at communicating to diverse audiences, presenting your work on blogs, in show-reels, at exhibitions, through film festivals, graduate showcase events and online. You will be able to justify your ideas to academic staff, collaborative partners, potential employers and peers and offer constructive feedback in critiques and presentations.

85% students are in work or further study within 6 months of graduation.

You will graduate equipped with the skills to work in a variety of careers across the expanding world of animation. Our graduates have progressed into a range of organisations and typically in the visual effects and design industries, with quick progression within six months to a year.

Recent graduates are working, amongst others, as 3D artists at Time Based Arts and Earth; as animators at The Mill; as motion designers in German TV; as rotoscoping artists at Double Negative; as animation visualisers at Pixel House Media; and as games testers at Rockstar North. Others have launched successful design companies, working with clients including Kanye West and Nike.

"Studying Animation at Northumbria was a great step to pursuing my career in VFX and never felt like work because I was enjoying the projects I was involved with."

Graduate working at Time-Based Arts in London.

Fin Crowther / 3D Artist

Animation alumni Fin returned to Northumbria to talk with current students about his career since graduating. Fin now works at The Mill in London and has worked on big productions such as the iconic John Lewis Christmas advert.

Jay Stewart / CG Character Animator

Jay has a wealth of experience in character animation and recently came to hold a workshop with our students.

Book an Open Day / Experience Animation

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what its like to study Animation at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the studio spaces and facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate.

A Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design, or Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
A portfolio of creative design work is required. Get advice on preparing your portfolio here: www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/animation-ba-hons-uusanm1/portfolio-guides/

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

A portfolio of creative design work is required. Get advice on preparing your portfolio here: www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/animation-ba-hons-uusanm1/portfolio-guides/

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK, EU and International Scholarships scholarship, fees, and funding information.


Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.



EU Fee in Year 1: £16,000

** You may be eligible for an EU Undergraduate Scholarship


International Fee in Year 1: £16,000

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs



Scholarships and Discounts

Scholarships and Discounts have not been announced for 2021/22 entry, please use the links below as in indication of what schemes are available for 2020/21 entry.

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

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