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About the course

Solent University’s cutting-edge digital animation programme focuses on digital character creation, from original concept right through to rigging, animation, composition and final performance. The curriculum is structured to help equip you with both the broad base of knowledge and the specialised expertise you’ll need to get your career off to the right start.

To ensure that graduates are fully prepared for life after university, the course includes modules specifically designed to help them better fit into modern creative workplaces. The ‘industry practise’ module teaches a range of transferable project management and presentation skills, while the optional freelance animation module helps students develop an understanding of basic business practises and theories.

Students will bring their concepts to life using our 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. 

Our in-house creative agency provides students with additional opportunities 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
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

Students study under the guidance of experienced professionals with a wealth of industry knowledge to share.

What does this course lead to?

The course is focused on helping you develop the skills to find a digital character artist role, typically in vfx, commercials and games studios – giving you a chance to turn your creative passion and ideas into a rewarding career. The spectrum of animation roles covers visual effects for film, commercials, television titles, video games and boutique studio work for commercial clients.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s digital animation programme is well suited to students who want to learn the full digital animation process – from initial character design right through to rigging, animation, composition and final performance.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry 086A
  • 4 Years Digital Arts Foundation Year W61W
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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
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,625 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our  visas and immigration page for more information.

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.
  • 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.
  • Direct entry into years two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 will be considered based on relevant experience, without the tariff point requirements.
  • 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

Foundation Year in Digital Arts route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details.

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What you'll study

Year one

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


  • Performance Animation
  • Game Production

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

Year two

Core units
  • Character Design
  • Character Rigging
  • Concept Art
  • Animation Theory


  • Industry Placement
  • Character Animation
  • Digital Compositing
  • 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
  • Final Major Project Proposal
  • Pre-Production
  • Project (Digital Animation)
  • Industry Practice


  • Animation Presentation
  • Dissertation

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

Meet the course team

Adam Comiskey academic profile Adam Comiskey Course Leader 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.


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. Students have access to high-end, industry-standard equipment throughout their studies, including Autodesk, Pixologic and Adobe software.

Solent University and the animation course team have strong ties to the local and national businesses. This has enabled past students to work on productions with animation industry partners during their studies.

Your future

On graduating, your skills and creative portfolio should put you in a good position to find a digital character artist role, typically in VFX, commercials and games studios - turning your creative passion and ideas into a rewarding career. You could also find work in visual effects for film, commercials, television or commercial clients, or choose to hone your skills even further with our creative masters course.

Industry links

Many of the teaching staff have their own professional practice, ensuring you have a valuable gateway into the industry.

Past students have worked on live briefs for clients including Universal Music, Lost Souls Club, Hey Negrita and Image FX.


Solent and the digital animation course team have strong ties to industry, help students to secure work experience at our industry partners. You’ll also have the option to undertake an industry placement as part of your second-year studies, logging hours in a professional studio.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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