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About the course

On this creative course you’ll learn from professional animators, experimenting with styles ranging from drawn animation through to stop-motion and CGI on your way to becoming a highly trained and multi-disciplined animation professional.

You will bring your 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 you the time and support necessary to create a varied professional portfolio that’s perfectly suited to securing paid positions after graduation.

You’ll have the option to undertake industry projects both within our freelance units, and alongside the course. Our in-house creative agency Solent Creatives, provides you with the chance to pitch for paid work with commercial clients – past clients have included Bear Grylls, the BBC, Southampton Airport, and Southampton City Council. 

If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Students study under the guidance of experienced professionals with a wealth of first-hand experience to share.

What does this course lead to?

The classical animation training on this course provides a springboard into any of the animation and related industries after graduation. Whether it’s animating explosions on the latest video games, or creating a quirky character in adverts, or TV. It is all built upon a solid, classics approach.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s Animation programme is ideally suited to students who want to bring characters to life on the screen. Applicants should have a keen interest in drawing, making things move, and cinema generally.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry W615
  • 4 Years Digital Arts Foundation Year W6W1
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year 

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

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


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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels (including an Art and Design subject), a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM in an Art and Design subject, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirements of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • UK applicants are required to attend a portfolio viewing.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to submit an electronic portfolio for consideration.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Foundation Year in Digital Arts
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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
  • 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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

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: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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Digital Arts Foundation Year route:

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Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Animation Principles
  • Introduction to 3D
  • Observation
  • Animation Practice
  • 3D Animation
  • Animation History

Year two

Core units
  • Production Pitch
  • Production Design
  • Animation Production
  • Cinematography for Animations
  • Freelance Animation

Options

  • Animation Techniques
  • Stop Motion Techniques

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Animation Final Major Project Proposal
  • Animation Final Major Project Pre-Production
  • Animation Marketing
  • Animation Final Major Project 
  • Animation Final Major Project – Behind the Scenes

Support

Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Students' work

Meet the course team

Adam Comiskey academic profile Adam Comiskey Course Leader View profile
Johnny Issapour academic profile Johnny Issapour Senior Lecturer View profile
Peter Jones academic profile Peter Jones Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

The University provides excellent learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points.

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.

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

You'll be taught by an industry active course team.

Your future

Solent's animation programme will equip you to fulfil roles such as:

  • Character animator
  • Fx animation
  • Rigger
  • Background artist
  • Storyboard artist
  • Editor
  • Director
  • Technician
  • Character designer
  • Concept artist
  • Sculptor
  • Texture artist
  • Video game artist
  • I am ever-grateful for the tuition and support received on Solent's animation degree. The course structure gave an insight into what is required as a professional and also focused on the fundamental principles needed to be an animator. Without this vital training I would have struggled to forward my career and pursue my ambition.

    Ryan Herbert, Graduate

Placements

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.

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.

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.

Further study

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