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Animation

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: Call us now – 0800 073 1225
Entry 2018: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: W615
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Overview

A cutting edge new programme designed to meet the needs of the fast-growing international animation industry.

You’ll use state-of-the-art processes and technologies to create digital animations, and develop a strong foundation of knowledge in:

  • classical animation techniques
  • cinematography
  • storytelling

The programme focuses on creativity and conceptual development, alongside the development of technical ability.

You’ll develop highly-valued creative design, directing, social, and animation skills. Skill shortages in these areas mean you’ll be highly employable on graduation.

Our industry-experienced academic team will help you become an accomplished animator, and a creative, confident professional, through a combination of practical and theoretical work.

You’ll gain a professional grounding in disciplines such as:

  • still and moving image capture/manipulation
  • design, cinematography, modelling and animation
  • concept art
  • digital sculpting and compositing
  • CGI lighting

The BSc (Hons) in Animation is also available as a four-year programme, including a placement year in industry.

Why Bradford?

We are one of the leading providers of animation education in the UK with a long track record of producing world class graduates.

Our passionate, highly experienced staff are amongst the best in the industry, and focus on building strong personal connections with students and alumina. All our staff are research active, pushing the boundaries of the discipline and incorporating these new techniques and insight into their teaching.

Our equipment is world leading - with the very latest gear and software at your disposal you can be assured that you will have experience of industry-standard tools.

The world’s first UNESCO City of Film, Bradford is at the heart of British film making.

The UNESCO City of Film offices are based on campus, at the School of Media, Design and Technology. This gives our students unique opportunities to get involved in their events and initiatives, and to produce content for City of Film.

Bradford is the home of the National Science and Media Museum. We have a long-established partnership with the museum, giving you privileged access to the museum’s collections, exhibitions, industry events, film programmes and festivals. Just five minutes’ walk away from the University, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in film and animation.

You’ll be surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside the UK has to offer, including Bronte country, the Lake District and the Peak District. This means plenty of amazing locations to photograph, practice time lapses or just gain inspiration and reflect – all a quick bus or train journey away.

Entry requirements

Call us now: 0800 073 1225

BTEC Extended Diploma:

There are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

There are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS tariff of 112. There are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

 

Modules

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Students studying Animation will develop practical skills in computer animation, motion capture, visual effects and CGI production. Working with visiting professionals you will be able to develop high level professional skills as well as useful contacts within the creative industries that can give your career a kick start.

You will also learn how to read, decode and understand animation whilst developing a range of transferable skills in research, critical analysis, written communication and oral presentation as well as team working and leadership.

Module name Type
Year 1
3D Character Modelling and Animationcore
Conventions of Animation core
Creative Industries - Foundationcore
Creativity and Imaginationcore
Introduction to 3D Computer Modelling and Animationcore
Observational Drawing core
Year 2
3D Character Creationcore
Advanced Character Animationcore
Classical Animationcore
Script Programming and Technical Animationcore
CGI Lighting, Rendering and Look Developmentoption
Motion Captureoption
VFX Compositing and Post Productionoption
Year 3
Professional Industry Profile core
Studio Project: Pre-Production and Productioncore

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Learning takes place in a wide variety of formats. Some days you will be in lectures and seminars, others you will be having personal tutorials, having a casual chat in a group project, or even having a transatlantic discussion with an industry professional.

All modules require you to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment.

Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the course provides you with ongoing guidance and support. Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams.

Study Abroad

All of our courses offer the opportunity to study abroad, with one or two semesters in an international partner institution. Last year two of our Animation students studied in Japan.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The programme has been designed to meet the needs of industry.

We have regular industry student engagement, and as many of our staff still work on their own projects and commercial work they are best placed to offer advice on the best way to approach industry to secure employment.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes.

Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website. Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting.

In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

89% of our 2015 graduates in games, animation and visual effects found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

This course will prepare you for a successful career in computer animation. We are very proud of our graduates: they have gone on to work in the UK and overseas for organisations including the BBC, Warner Brothers, Vicon, MGM, Industrial Light and Magic, Disney, Universal, Weta Digital, Pixamundo, Dreamworks, Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium and many others.

Our graduates have worked on blockbuster movies including Avatar, Hugo, Gravity, Inception, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Warhorse, The Dark Knight trilogy and all of the Harry Potter films as well as numerous games. Over the last five years our post-graduate employment and study rates have been significantly better than the national average for animation courses in the UK.

Study Support

A comprehensive support network is here for you to ensure you reach your academic potential and go on to further success in the future.

You’ll benefit from a range of support services, including:

Our academic team is friendly and easy to access. We always answer communication promptly and all have regular office hours to provide advice and support.

Research

All our staff are research active, and are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines.

The University of Bradford has a strong pedigree of world-leading research, and our aim is to ensure that students benefit from our staff’s insight into the future of their subject.

The integration of new and innovative research findings into our curriculum, known as Research Informed Teaching, is a core value and one of the key principles driving the design of our programmes and our modules.

Facilities

Our production facilities include:

  • 16 camera Vicon optical motion capture system
  • animation labs with state of the art workstations and the latest industry standard software such as Maya, ZBrush, Houdini and Nuke
  • stop-motion lab with Dragonframe software
  • dedicated Chroma Key Studio
  • drawing studio
  • render farm
  • extensive range of cameras, including 4 and 6k cinema cameras and ENG cameras
  • audio recording studio, and professional editing systems

Equipment is free for students to use and small budgets are provided for project work. All course books, journals and online resources are provided in the library.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £16,970

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.