Ready for BA (Hons)

Animation

4 years full-time including foundation year
2022
UCAS Code:
W6W1
Institution code: S30
UCAS Points:
48
Campus:
Southampton City Centre
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If you’re looking to study our animation degree, but don’t have the relevant qualifications or experience, this foundation year will help you develop the core skills and knowledge to progress.

You’ll cover key subject areas such as game art, game design, animation, CGI, VFX and code, and work on exciting practical projects designed to help you learn key digital design skills. You’ll also be supported to develop key transferable skills in preparation for your degree level studies.

To aid study, you’ll have full access to Solent’s industry-standard facilities, including specialist labs and high-end dual computers equipped with industry software such as 3ds Max, Maya, Substance, Photoshop, Unreal Editor, and Unity.

You will be taught by passionate staff who are experts in their fields, with a wealth of real-world experience and knowledge.

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 four 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.

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Why choose this course?

The team have a wealth of first-hand experience to share.

Including traditional light-boxes, special effects workshops and green screen rooms.

Enabling you to gain vital industry experience during your studies.

Student work

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BA (Hons) Animation showreel

Who is this course for?

Solent’s Foundation Year in Digital Arts is intended for students without the required UCAS points for direct entry. This could be mature students returning to education, students without the required qualifications, or students looking to change career path after completing further education qualifications.

What does this course lead to?

This foundation year will help you build the relevant skills and knowledge to enter the BA (Hons) Animation degree here at Solent. Solent’s Animation programme is ideally suited to students who want to bring characters to life on the screen.

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 the Adobe Creative Suite, 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.


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