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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 modules, 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 tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

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

104-120 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 DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D in an Art and Design subject, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirements of 104 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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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 Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@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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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 modules
  • Animation Principles
    On this module you will learn the fundamental tools of creating 2D content from paper to screen and the pipeline in between. Through this module you can begin to know when/where to apply the appropriate principles and techniques to start to make your animation more believable and fluid. 
  • Introduction to 3D
    On this module you will learn the fundamental tools of 3D content creation, and professional research methodologies to ensure you can begin to deploy the tools on any project. You will also begin to develop the skills for academic research and writing.
  • Observation
    On this module you will learn to focus on the visual research from observation, which is core to all animation studies. 
  • Animation Practice
    This workshop led module takes the skills you learned from the Animation Principles module and introduces the concept of more complex tasks, within a team dynamic.
  • 3D Animation
    On this module you will get your first real opportunity to demonstrate, and evolve your transferable skills, by not only exploring different software, but with the space to take your animated works from 2D, to 3D.
  • Animation History
    In this module you will look at the historical progression of animation techniques such as basic cinematography and technologies that have evolved the way animation is created. 

Year two

Core modules
  • Production Pitch
    This module is about preparing you for the processes involved in pitching an animation idea. You will research into various areas of the pitching process such as, character design, aesthetic research and choices, creating schedules and budgets and constructing a proof of concept.
  • Production Design
    This module will introduce you to various pre-production techniques. You will learn how to create a production document as intended for industry which would effectively communicate between various departments to create a coherent production.
  • Animation Production
    This module is about proving that you are able to animate a substantial, sequential, project through to completion. You will tackle a task whilst paying close attention to the animation principles and strong performance animation you have practiced in the previous modules.
  • Cinematography for Animations
    This module will begin to cement your visual vocabulary, by covering not only the theory of the screen, but provide practicable skills, to enable you to quickly put together content for the screen.
  • Freelance Animation
    This module is a simulation of what it means to work as a freelance/team animator within the often-challenging parameters of short form client work.

Options

  • Animation Techniques
  • Stop Motion Techniques

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

Year three

Core modules
  • Animation Final Major Project Proposal
    This module invites you to formally propose your final major project. The emphasis is on proving the legitimacy of the end product, and will form the foundation for subsequent stages of production.
  • Animation Final Major Project Pre-Production
    During this module you will be expected to produce a comprehensive directory (Production Bible) which includes everything a production team would need to successfully complete the product in line with the director’s (your) vision.
  • Animation Marketing
    Throughout this module you will learn various skills and practices that will prepare you for gaining employment within industry. You will also create an online presence as an artist and have the skills to maintain it.
  • Animation Final Major Project 
    The module is predominantly one-on-one tutorials, but with the addition of occasional graduate skills masterclasses, in the more high-end aspects of production.
  • Animation Final Major Project – Behind the Scenes
    This module is your opportunity to show off the hard work that has gone into your final major project. Sharing your process, and the artist responsible, ensures there is added value to your product, and that none of your creative vision is overlooked.

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

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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

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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