Animation (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Park, Cheltenham

Created with industry leaders and taught by practising professionals.

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Freedom to develop your own style and personal career path

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Created in conjunction with industry leaders, this course is taught by practising professionals who have worked on animation projects such as Max Bear, Total Recall and How to Train Your Dragon. Working in our new animation studio, you'll be trained to use the latest animation equipment, including the latest Adobe Suite, Maya, TVPaint and Wacom Pro Tablets.

You'll have the freedom to develop your own style and career path, learning the skills you need to flourish in this rapidly-changing industry, from award-winning animators. Whether you have an interest in feature films, television, games, apps, advertising or music videos, this course will prepare you thoroughly and give you plenty of opportunities for practical experience and review.

You'll have the opportunity to visit Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France each year, the most prestigious animation festival in the world. There are additional opportunities to visit Bradford, Bristol, Exeter and London international animation festivals, too, where you can network and showcase your work. You'll also be able to work on live projects. For example, this year, the animation team are working with Mont Blanc University in Annecy, developing a Europe-wide transmedia animation project.

Study style

Consisting of 80% practice and 20% theory, this course is built around workshops and portfolio development. You'll also work on a variety of live projects. This year, the animation team are working with Annecy Council in France to develop animation in support of its tourism promotion.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry*

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Art, Design and Media and Integrated Programme.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by portfolio and interview


See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.


  • Animation director
  • 2D animator, 3D animator
  • Production designer
  • CG modeller
  • Compositor
  • Layout artist
  • Storyboard artist

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Student Focus

Adam Monk

I’m a motion graphics designer and video editor at Aspect Film and Video.

I did a work placement with Cheltenham Jazz Festival on my degree. We created the event’s opening animation. I made a showreel in my final year which I showcased at our end of year design show. It got me noticed by employers. Without discovering Adobe After Effects at university, I would not be able to do what I do now. I had no idea about it when I started my degree.

Industry links

Links to VanArts School in Vancouver and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary in Canada, Animated Exeter, Bradford Animation Festivals, Annecy Animation Festival, Bristol Animated Encounters.

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Staff Profile

Bryan Panks

“I’ve worked on many productions throughout my animation career, but a real highlight for me was when my wife and I were first commissioned, by Channel 4, to produce a 24 minute Christmas special based on our food loving character, Max Bear. This pilot episode, first broadcast on Christmas Day 1998, was very well received and closely followed by a series in 2000 featuring the voice of Tom Baker. A new Christmas Special was produced in 2008 and series in 2011, it was a huge achievement for an independent company.”

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Freedom to develop your own style and personal career path

Develop in an environment with state-of-the-art facilities, expert lecturers and leading industry links. Develop your own animation style and specialise in your chosen career path.

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Learn 2D and 3D animation from industry experts

Learn from lecturers with successful careers in the world of 2D and 3D animation. Their projects include developing Max Bear, How to Train Your Dragon, Tweenies, Total Recall and Bottom Knocker Street.

Annecy film festival

Showcase your work at Europe's largest animation festival

Every year you'll have the opportunity to go the French town of Annecy for the largest animation festival in Europe - Annecy International Animated Film Festival. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work and network with leading industry players.

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