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Computer Animation (MArts, BA)

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Computer Animation (MArts, BA)

If your dreams are filled with vivid visions of gleaming broadswords, flaming demons, fantasy worlds, legendary heroes and beasts - then you have an animation home at Swansea College of Art. We will fuel your creative passion, keep it alive and thriving, to make you industry-ready.

Inside our award–winning studios lies the beating heart of an industrial animation production facility, with cutting edge tech, and radical ideas for the screen. Imagine, as a student, working on fantasy creatures and shots for a television series, whilst still at University! Networking and visiting studios and companies and clients as part of your studies.

  • Classic animation techniques
  • Technology harnessed designs
  • Skills surpassing breakthroughs

Admission requirements

We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to art and/or design and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your portfolio of work.

Our standard offer for a degree course is 120 UCAS tariff points. We expect applicants to have a grade C or above in English Language (or Welsh) at GCSE level, together with passes in another four subjects. Plus we accept a range of Level 3 qualifications including:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus one GCE A-Level in a relevant academic subject
  • Three GCE A-Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject, with minimum grades of Merit
  • International Baccalaureate score of 32
  • Other relevant qualifications can be considered on an individual basis

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Program content

Classtimes often include debates on the best animators, cartoons, comics, films. Exercises are on the look and appeal and concepts behind a new character, your creature’s shape or movement, the best way of animating them.

1stYear / Level 4

There are foundations in classical animation and how this all transfers to digital techniques. We introduce you to the core principles of how to animate, how to plan/design characters and shots and create the best pre-production and early animations.

Modules for first years include

  • Visual Studies: Drawing for Life
  • Conceptual Design for Animation
  • Introduction to Character Animation

2ndYear / Level 5

We want to push your work further, beyond those initial introductory levels. We help you create believable movements, character and style from your designs and dreams. Your sketches become models; storyboards become 2D and 3D animated shots; script ideas become animated films.

Modules for second years include:

  • Art Direction for Animation
  • Character & Creature Animation
  • Filmmaking in Computer Animation

3rdYear / Level 6

You’re in the final run and a year dedicated to a Major Project. A year long project that underlines everything you want to showcase! You will nurture your plans and want the final work to become your niche, your USP when you graduate. It’s a fantastic time to have space and support and a great environment to be at your most creative.

Modules for third years include:

  • Animation: From Pitch to Production
  • Advanced Character Animation

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2021/2022:

  • Bachelor: £13,500
  • Master: £15,000

Career opportunities

An animation degree under your belt allows you to think about a lot of different industries – and you will have transferable skills to make these moves. Some of our graduates have their own games, visualisation or production companies. Some work as entrepreneurs on their own animation brands. A lot find work on some outstanding projects, feature films and in production houses.

Graduates have gone on to work in Oscar-winning teams and on the feature films

  • Boxtrolls
  • Captain America
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Fantastic Beasts
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Iron Man 2
  • Jungle Book
  • Kubo and The Two Strings
  • Man of Steel
  • Prometheus
  • Skyfall
  • Thor
  • World War Z

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

UWTSD is the oldest University in Wales and was founded in 1822. It has campuses in rural and city locations in the UK. The University’s main campuses are situated in various locations in and around Swansea’s city centre as well...

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

College Road Carmarthen
SA31 3EP Carmarthen Carmarthenshire
United Kingdom

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