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BA (Hons) Digital Animation

Focus your passion and imagination - find a career in the digital world

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Southampton Solent University’s cutting-edge digital animation programme focuses on digital character creation, from original concept right through to rigging, animation, composition and final performance. The curriculum is structured to help equip you with both the broad base of knowledge and the specialised expertise you’ll need to get your career off to the right start.

  • Students study under the guidance of experienced professionals with a wealth of industry knowledge to share.
  • Southampton Solent University and the animation course team have strong ties to the local and national businesses. This has enabled past students to work on productions with animation industry partners during their studies.
  • This three year programme allows students plenty of time to develop a professional portfolio.
  • The curriculum is underpinned by core animation principles, classical art training and first-hand insights into the animation industry.
  • Southampton Solent was voted as being one of UK’s most creative universities in the Which? University student survey.
  • Animation students are encouraged to collaborate with colleagues from other creative disciplines.
  • Solent Creatives, our in-house creative agency, gives students the opportunity to pitch for real industry clients and collaborate with other students on paid projects. 

The industry

The UK has a long history of producing world-class animations. This history led to the UK government declaring animation to be an “important industry”. The resulting introduction of grants and tax cuts has led to more opportunities for both full-time and freelance employment.

The programme

To ensure that graduates are fully prepared for life after university, the course includes modules specifically designed to help them better fit into modern creative workplaces. The ‘industry practise’ module teaches a range of transferable project management and presentation skills, while the optional freelance animation module helps students develop an understanding of basic business practises and theories.

Students will bring their concepts to life using our 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 additional opportunities 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? Southampton Solent’s digital animation programme can help you build the combination of technical skills, classical arts training and business acumen you’ll need to succeed.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry 086A

Part-time

  • 6 Years Standard entry

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
200 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
80 UCAS Tariff points

 

 

Year one:

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Core units

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

Options

  • Performance Animation
  • Game Production

Year two:

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Core units

  • Character Design
  • Character Rigging
  • Concept Art
  • Animation Theory

Options

  • Industry Placement
  • Character Animation
  • Digital Compositing
  • Freelance Animation
  • Logged studio hours
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model Your Business
  • Curriculum Plus

Year three:

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Core units

  • Final Major Project Proposal
  • Pre-Production
  • Project (Digital Animation)
  • Industry Practice

Options

  • Animation Presentation
  • Dissertation

Teaching, learning and assessment

This is a practice-based programme, taught through live demonstrations and tutor-led workshops in Southampton Solent’s high-end creative facilities.

Work experience
Solent and the animation course team have strong ties to industry, help students to secure work experience at our industry partners. You’ll also have the option to undertake an industry placement as part of your second-year studies, logging hours in a professional studio.

Assessment
The course is assessed using a mix of portfolios, coursework, essays and literature reviews.

Our facilities

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

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry 086A

Part-time

  • 6 Years Standard entry

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.

The course is focused on helping you develop the skills to find a digital character artist role, typically in vfx, commercials and games studios – giving you a chance to turn your creative passion and ideas into a rewarding career. The spectrum of animation roles covers visual effects for film, commercials, television titles, video games and boutique studio work for commercial clients.

Links with industry

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

Past students have worked on live briefs for clients including Universal Music, Lost Souls Club, Hey Negrita and Image FX.

Transferable skills

Creative thinking, problem-solving, presentation skills and project management.


 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Part-time

Entry requirements

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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 asked to send an electronic portfolio.
  • Direct entry into years two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 will be considered based on relevant experience, without the tariff point requirements.

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

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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

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

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.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

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

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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: www.ucas.com.

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.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form

Student support and services

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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

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry 086A

Part-time

  • 6 Years Standard entry



 

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