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BA (Hons)Animation

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Starting in2024
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UCAS code: W615
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study an animation degree at Solent University

Bring your creative ideas to life using traditional, stop-motion or CGI animation techniques and gain professional experience through industry connections.

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  • Students have access to Toon Boom Harmony, software used by the largest animation and gaming studios from around the world. The all-in-one, end-to-end 2D animation software allows animators to create cut-out and paperless animation in every style.
  • You'll be taught by an industry-active course team with a wealth of first-hand experience to share.
  • Industry projects are embedded into the course enabling you to gain vital experience during your studies.
  • Students have access to a range of specialist facilities, including traditional lightboxes, special effects workshops and green screen rooms.
  • 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 and Southampton Airport.
  • A creative, multi-disciplinary environment for world-leading research in media, culture and the arts – you will learn from experts in their field.
  • Join our active student animation society.
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Course overview

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.

This course is part of the South Coast Institute of Technology (IoT), a partnership of colleges, universities and industry-leading employers to create new career opportunities in the technology sector. IoT courses like this one are precisely tailored to the needs of employers in the maritime, engineering and digital industries – industries which are hungry for talented new engineers, technologists, technicians and creatives like you.

Any questions?

Contact UK admissions

Email: admissions@solent.ac.ukCall: 023 8201 5066

Contact international admissions

Email: admissions.international@solent.ac.ukCall: +44 (0)23 8201 5066

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Student work

Our creative degrees allow our students to develop a critical eye for design with a knowledge of different design approaches and problem solving techniques. Take a look at some of the great work they produce.

Course features

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

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.

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.

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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.

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

Our industry-standard facilities include traditional light-boxes, special effects workshops and green screen rooms. Students are also given free access to Microsoft Office and a full suite of Autodesk software.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

    For more information, please email international.mobility@solent.ac.uk.

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