Animation (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Park, Cheltenham

We are in the UK top 20 for film production and photography and 9th for teaching satisfaction according to the Guardian University Guide 2020. We are also rated at 96% for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2019).

Created in conjunction with industry leaders, this course is taught by practising professionals who have worked on animation projects for companies such as the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Dreamworks, Aardman Animation and Sony Computer Entertainment. Working in our industry spec animation studios, you'll be trained to use the latest industry standard animation equipment, including Adobe After Effects, Adobe Animate and Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Maya, TVPaint, Toon Boom Harmony and Wacom Cintiqs.

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 attended by the world’s biggest animation companies such as Disney, Dreamworks, Illumination, ILM, and Sony. There are additional opportunities to visit animation studios and festivals in Bristol, Manchester, Cardiff and London, allowing you to network and showcase your work with animation professionals. You'll also be able to work on live projects and industry led work experience placements. Previous partners have included, BBC, A Productions, Aardman, Rumpus, Reflective Films and The Annecy Animation Festival. All final year animation students will attend 2 full day workshops in the Aardman Animation studios in Bristol. Arranged by the Aardman Academy, and taught by Aardman’s world class in house talent.

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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.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules like 'Character Animation'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don't always tell the whole story), we invite all applicants to interview. Your suitability for the course is assessed and we will confirm your place after we've had a chance to meet you, if we feel you are a good fit. As well as unconditional offers for the right applicants, we make conditional offers based on your achieving certain grades in your A-levels or BTEC qualifications.

Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeW615
BA (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageW616


  • Animation director
  • Technical director
  • 2D animator
  • 3D animator
  • Production designer
  • CG modeller
  • Model maker
  • Render wrangler
  • Layout artist
  • Storyboard artist
  • Digital background or matte painter
  • Concept artist
  • Illustrator
  • VFX artist
  • Compositor
  • Digital prep artist
  • Pre-vis artist
  • Roto artist
  • Match move artist
  • Animation production manager
  • Animation production coordinator
  • Production runner
  • Producer

Luke Clark

Student Focus

Luke Clark

I'm a CG Animator at Cloth Cat Animation. The course has been great for me because I was able to explore different areas of animation to see what I liked most. On a work placement, I helped on a BBC Bitesize animation at Sun and Moon in Bristol. I genuinely loved my time on the course because the lecturers and other students were like a family and always passionate and full of encouragement, it gave me the confidence and determination to push myself as an animator.

Industry links

Links to Humber College (Toronto), VanArts School (Vancouver) and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (Calgary) in Canada, Aardman Animation, Rumpus, Manchester Animation Festival, Cardiff Animation Festival, 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.


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.

School of Media

Our School of Media provides industry-standard, specialist facilities so you can develop your creative talent. Our studios and production spaces are an exciting place to work together with students from different subjects on creative projects.

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