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About the course

On this creative course you’ll learn from a team of animation experts, experimenting with styles ranging from drawn animation through to stop-motion and CGI. Under their guidance you'll develop your practical skills, develop a portfolio and become a highly trained and multi-disciplined animation professional.

Students will bring their 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 students 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 an industry placement as part of your second-year studies, logging hours in a professional studio with one of our industry partners and creating work for a range of professional clients.

Our in-house creative agency provides students with the chance to pitch for paid work with commercial clients – past Solent Creative clients include Bear Grylls, 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

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

What does this course lead to?

Course graduates have gone on to animation roles with local businesses and studios, including Pew36, Bandito, Cubic Element Productions, Miriad, Cine Wessex and more. Graduate roles have included digital effects editor, graphic artist, and animation assistant, and freelance work as an animator, illustrator or graphic designer.

Who is this course for?

Students who want to learn a broad range of animation techniques before specialising in a particular area of animation will appreciate the varied curriculum and variety of staff expertise found on this course.

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.
  • Applicants who aren’t studying an Art and Design subject are still welcome to apply, but 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: 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:

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:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Digital Arts Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time  4 years  Apply
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Principles of Animation
  • Introduction to 3D
  • Digital Pipeline
  • Observational Drawing
  • Research from Observation
  • Contexts of Practice


  • Game Production
  • Performance Animation

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

Year two

Core units
  • Client Pre-Production
  • Concept Art
  • Animation Theory


  • Client Production
  • Client Post-Production
  • Industry Placement (Client Production)
  • Industry Placement (Post)
  • Freelance Animation
  • Logged Studio Hours
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives

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

Year three

Core units
  • Pre-Production
  • Final Major Project Proposal
  • Project


  • Dissertation
  • Animation Presentation

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


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.


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 and students have access to high-end industry-standard equipment throughout, including Autodesk, Pixologic and Adobe Creative 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.

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.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Animation
  • Character design in 2D or 3D
  • Model making
  • Digital composition for film TV and the games industry
  • Teaching
  • Arts administration.
  • 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


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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