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Animation BA (Hons)

Falmouth University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Falmouth University

Program description

Animation BA (Hons)

You can choose a pathway in 2D, 3D or stop-motion and develop your own specialism, be that as a director, producer, animator, rigger, texture, concept or background artist. The course has a strong focus on teamwork, the perfect platform for a successful career in animation for film, TV and games.

You will:

  • Study as part of a CILECT (The International Association of Film and Television Schools) film school
  • Learn from staff with industry backgrounds and experience in film, children's TV, advertising and post-production
  • Work in multi-skilled teams, reflecting industry practice
  • Identify your strengths and develop your technical and creative knowledge through character animation, storytelling, concept art and software
  • Hone your skills in stop motion and Computer Generated (CG) animation, working in professional-standard facilities
  • Underpin your creative work with theoretical and historical understanding
  • Gain a working knowledge of industry practice
  • Graduate with a varied and professional portfolio

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Admission requirements

Entry requirements

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.

As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

Language requirements

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year one

In your first year you'll get to grips with core animation processes, skills and theories. Working solo and in teams, you'll be immersed in developing your skills in 2D, CG and stop motion animation, storytelling, film language and sound. You'll also attend workshops on life drawing, script development, acting and performance and production management.


  • Essential Animation 1: Fundamentals
  • Animation Context
  • Essential Animation 2: Competency
  • Animation Context
  • Animated Extras

Year two

In your second year you'll continue to develop your CG skills and will have the opportunity to specialise and define your role in production teams. Working in multi-skilled teams on live briefs from external clients, you'll be supported to make stand-out films and submit them to national film festivals.


Essential Animation 3: Proficient

Optional modules

  • Specialist Options (2D Animation, 3D Animation, Stop Motion Animation)
  • Specialist Option 1: Stage, Story & Screen
  • Specialist Option 2: Design for Animation
  • Specialist Option 3: Production Management
  • Specialist Option 4: 2D Short Film
  • Specialist Option 5: 3D Short Film
  • Specialist Option 6: Stop Motion Short Film

Year three

Working with an industry mentor and students from other courses including Film, Television, Post-production and Visual Effects, Music and Acting, you'll showcase your specialist skills by delivering a major animation project. This will be supported by an extended research piece.

You'll also finesse your professional portfolio, showreel and web presence, so you're set to take your skills into industry after graduation.


Essential Animation 4: Industry

Optional modules

  • Specialist Option 1: 2D Animation
  • Specialist Option 2: 3D Animation
  • Specialist Option 3: Stop Motion
  • AnimationAnimation Production
  • Internship

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships and funding are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees 2021-22

  • Full-time UK - £9,250 per year
  • Full-time EU - £16,950 per year
  • Full-time international - £16,950 per year

Tuition fees 2022-23

  • Full-time UK - £9,250 per year
  • Full-time EU - £17,460 per year
  • Full-time international - £17,460 per year


What you’ll learn

Joining our Animation degree, you'll build your real-world abilities, learn to think creatively and produce a range of animations. You'll work to industry standards, collaborating in multi-skilled teams and using professional processes to solve complex problems. And by taking a critical look at your work and working methods, you'll build the independent judgment skills crucial to your career.

Career opportunities

What our graduates do

From animators at Aardman to production staff at Passion Pictures, to creating their own companies, our graduates have turned their degrees into exciting careers.

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Falmouth University

For more than 100 years, Falmouth University has been a hub of creative thinking and design innovation. Today, our portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, from art, design and fashion, to gaming, music...

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Falmouth University

Treliever Road
TR10 9FE Penryn Cornwall

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