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Illustration and Animation (With Preparatory Semester) (Full-time)

London Metropolitan University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description

Illustration and Animation (With Preparatory Semester) (Full-time)

Why study this course?

Our Illustration and Animation (with preparatory semester) BA (Hons) starts with na intensive semester to teach you the essentials of illustration. This preparatory semester will ensure you have all the skills and techniques needed to complete the rest of your degree.

Your projects can span multiple disciplines, allowing you to experiment with a number of different mediums. Throughout the course you’ll find your own unique style and gain confidence in your ability to create.

You will complete this degree in three years, starting in September. Following the preparatory semester you’ll join students starting on the standard course in January. This means that Year 1 will consist of three semesters and you’ll be required to study at the University during some of the summer between Year 1 and 2. During the subsequent two years of your studies you’ll follow the same schedule and study the same content as students on the Illustration and Animation BA (Hons) course.

While you may make a considerable saving in time and fees by choosing this route over a four-year degree with a foundation year, do be aware that you’ll have to budget for the additional semester in your first year.

Learn to use narrative techniques to tell stories visually and explore the foundations of visual communication. Our Illustration and Animation (with preparatory semester) BA (Hons) degree will equip you with skills such as drawing and other forms of mark-making (from digital animation to rug-tufting), bookbinding, letterpress printing and stop-motion animation. You’ll be using the same standard industry equipment and software as those used in your future profession.

You’ll be encouraged to publish, critique and display your work throughout the course, helping you to gain professional working practice as an illustrator and animator. You’ll benefit from a diverse studio setting where you’ll be free to use a wide variety of mediums to respond to briefs and develop your unique creative vision.

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Admission requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grade CC in two A levels (or a minimum of 64 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

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

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Program content

  • Critical and Contextual Studies 1 (Visual Communication)
  • Design Principles
  • Graphic Authorship
  • Introduction to Visual Communication: Practice
  • Visual Communication: Industry and Context
  • Visual Research and Communication
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 2 (Visual Communication)
  • Exploring Design Practice
  • Narrative
  • Work Ready 1
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (Visual Communication)
  • Final Project Realisation: Illustration and Animation
  • Project Design and Development
  • Work Ready 2

Modules and module details are subject to change over time

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

How much you pay in tuition fees depends on which country you come from and whether you are a full-time or part-time student. Please visit the course page on university website for fee information particular to that course.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this degree will give you all the skills and experience you'll need to work as an illustrator, animator, graphic designer, print-maker or production designer.

The transferable skills you'll gain on this course will also allow you to work as a fashion designer, visual effects artist, fine artist or web designer.

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London Metropolitan University

Based in England’s historic capital city, London Metropolitan University has a rich history of education with its roots dating back to 1848. Taking its current form following a merger of two well-renowned universities in 2002, it offers a wide range...

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London Metropolitan University

166-220 Holloway Road
N7 8DB London

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