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BA (Hons) Animation

Let your imagination loose – study animation with an industry leader

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On this creative course you’ll learn from a team of animation experts, experimenting with styles ranging from drawn animation through to stop-motion and CGI. Under their guidance you'll develop your practical skills, develop a portfolio and become a highly trained and multi-disciplined animation professional.

  • Students study under the guidance of experienced professionals with a wealth of first-hand experience to share.
  • The course focuses on building a well-rounded portfolio of skills that cover all stages of the animation process. This allows students to discover a specialism that suits them best.
  • Students are given the opportunity to undertake an industry placement as part of the second-year curriculum and have access to regular live client briefs. Past students have created work for clients including Universal Music, Lost Souls Club, Hey Negrita and Image FX.
  • Our industry-standard facilities include traditional light-boxes, special effects workshops and green screen rooms. Students are also given free access to the Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a full suite of Autodesk software.
  • Work placements and freelance projects are actively encouraged by the course teams. In recent years, students have worked with well-known brands including Glastonbury Festival, Bestival and TED.

The industry

The UK has a long history of producing world-class animations, one which led to the UK’s government declaring animation to be an "important industry". The resulting introduction of grants and tax cuts to encourage the industry has resulted in more opportunities for both full-time and freelance work.

The programme

This programme is the ideal way to start pursuing these opportunities - Southampton Solent University was even voted one of the top creative universities in the UK in the Which? University 2013 and 2014 student surveys.

Students will bring their concepts to life using industry-standard animation facilities - learning the full production process from first draft storyboarding to advanced filmmaking techniques.

This three year programme also gives students the time and support necessary to create a varied professional portfolio that’s perfectly suited to securing paid positions after graduation. 

Our in-house creative agency provides students with the chance to pitch for paid work with commercial clients – past Solent Creative clients include Bear Grylls, Southampton Airport and Southampton City Council.

Next steps

Think a career in animation might be for you? Build the creative skills and business acumen you’ll need to succeed with Southampton Solent’s animation degree programme.

Have you got a question about applying?


Don't just take our word for it...

Ryan Herbert
"Without this vital training I would have struggled to forward my career and pursue my ambition."
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UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry W615

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
200 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
80 UCAS Tariff points

Year one:


Core units

  • Principles of Animation
  • Introduction to 3D
  • Digital Pipeline
  • Observational Drawing
  • Research from Observation
  • Contexts of Practice


  • Game Production
  • Performance Animation

Year two:


Core units

  • Client Pre-Production
  • Concept Art
  • Animation Theory


  • Client Production
  • Client Post-Production
  • Industry Placement (Client Production)
  • Industry Placement (Post)
  • Freelance Animation
  • Logged Studio Hours
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model your Business
  • Curriculum Plus

Year three:


Core units

  • Pre-Production
  • Final Major Project Proposal
  • Project


  • Dissertation
  • Animation Presentation

Teaching, learning and assessment

This is a practice-based programme, taught through live demonstrations and tutor-led workshops in our high-end facilities.

Work experience
Southampton Solent and the animation course team have strong ties to industry, providing past students with year-round opportunities for work experience on a variety of high-end productions. We also offer students access to industry experience, mentoring and resources.

You’ll have the option to undertake an industry placement as part of your second-year studies, logging hours in a professional studio with one of our industry partners and creating work for a range of professional clients.

A mix of portfolios, coursework, essays and literature reviews.

Our facilities

High-end industry-standard equipment throughout, including Autodesk, Pixologic and Adobe Creative software.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Meet the Team

All animation lecturers are active within the industry; whether running their own animation studios, creating high-end content for VFX or presenting work on the international stage, the course team continues to innovate and excel.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry W615

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Solent’s animation degree gives you the opportunity to find roles in character design and animation, as well as in development and pre- / post-production work.

The majority of employers are in the television, film and games industries, giving you a chance to turn your creative passion and ideas into a rewarding career. Your skills can also be used in industries such as marketing and advertising.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Animation
  • Character design in 2D or 3D
  • Model making
  • Digital composition for film TV and the games industry
  • Teaching
  • Arts administration.

Links with industry

Most of the teaching staff have their own professional practice, ensuring you have a valuable gateway into the industry.

All students are offered opportunities to work on live client briefs.

Transferable skills

Creative thinking, problem solving, presentation, project management.

Further study

On graduating you’ll be well placed to take your studies and skills to the highest level on our MA Visual Communication

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Course graduates have gone on to animation roles with local businesses and studios, including Pew36, Bandito, Cubic Element Productions, Miriad, Cine Wessex and more. Graduate roles have included digital effects editor, graphic artist, and animation assistant, and freelance work as an animator, illustrator or graphic designer.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

200 points (for 2016 entry) or 80 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent.
  • UK applicants are required to attend a portfolio viewing.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to send an electronic portfolio. 
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.

Portfolio interview requirements

Before attending your interview or sending us your portfolio, please read the following: Portfolio interview information

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.


How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.


UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry W615