BA (Hons) Animation

Clearing places 2016

This course has Clearing places available. To find out how to make a direct application for this course, call us on +44 (0)20 7514 7514. For a full list of 2016/17 course places at London College of Communication and other UAL Colleges, visit the Clearing 2016 page.

Study a subject where you can create, explore and play. With new technologies changing how we make, understand and experience animation, there's never been a better time to begin. BA (Hons) Animation gives you the chance to test boundaries and look at animation in many forms and in many ways.

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.

Additional costs: In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page

View excerpts from students' final major projects in the 2015 Showreel. Watch the films in full on the course website. Please enter password: showreel2015

BA (Hons) Animation student Monica Ng discusses her work at LCC Summer Shows 2015.

Still of the student's work on BBC4's Music Moguls programme

BA (Hons) Animation students work on BBC4’s Music Moguls – LCC Blog.

Summer Shows 2015: Still from ‘Inside In, Outside Out’, Devdut Scialo, 2015
Still from ‘Inside In, Outside Out’, Devdut Scialo, 2015
BA (Hons) Animation students Kevin Jarin and Jacob Green win second prize in the 'No Ifs No Buts' anti-Heathrow film competition
Still from 'Say NO' by Kevin Jarin and Jacob Green

BA (Hons) and FdA Animation Showreel 2013 (Running Time 6:18)

BA Animation Showreel 2012 (Running time 4:27)

BA (Hons) Animation Showreel 2011
BA (Hons) Animation Showreel 2011

Funding opportunities

Find out about the range of funding options available for undergraduate study.

Use UAL's fees and funding calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

Facts

Course Leader

Susi Wilkinson

Course Location

London College of Communication 
Elephant and Castle
Find Us

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17 fees)

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17 fees)

Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September 2016 – Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January 2017 – Friday 17 March 2017
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April 2017 – Friday 23 June 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for UK, EU and international applicants for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeW617
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content

In a rapidly changing media environment, new technologies are changing how animation is created, experienced and understood. It is a discipline that has widely diversified and is now found everywhere.

Animation is creative, exploratory and playful. Students of BA (Hons) Animation will become versatile and innovative and they will understand how traditional skills underpin new digital technologies and platforms, and where and how those skills can be applied and exploited. They will also learn how to develop different ways of working, to collaborate, and test ideas.

What can you expect?

You can expect this course to expose you to a broad and varied experience of animation work. You will negotiate a journey that begins with animation's core principles to creating work using sophisticated computer techniques and developing a range of techniques and disciplines including: drawing, model making, photography, filmmaking and design.

You will create and develop a portfolio of work that demonstrates your creative skills and abilities, technical knowledge, and the communication and presentation skills that are necessary to succeed and flourish in a dynamic and complex media world. As creative and critical thinkers, you will be encouraged to push boundaries: to explore and experience animation in new combinations and contexts.

Based in the college's rich studio environment you will work on practical projects where you will understand the need to collaborate, analyse and communicate your ideas and intentions. The team-working model that is at the core of the degree will give you an understanding of the roles and functions encountered in animation production. Informed by industry and modelled on elements of industry practice these projects aim to prepare you for employment. We work with live project partners like Channel 4, MTV, Allied Bakeries and the National Trust to deliver projects that have a profile and impact in the world outside of your course.

You will have the opportunity to develop your communication and presentation skills. Work is discussed in group crit sessions, project presentations and industry pitches. We aim to deliver an experience that reflects and relates to the world you will encounter professionally after your degree.

Work-based learning both in and outside of college extends and complements your practical project work. Previously students have found placements at British Animation Awards, Disney, the Foreign Office, Passion Pictures and the BBC.

Learning and Teaching

Courses in UAL span a broad range of art, design, communication, business, media, science and communication subjects. So the ways in which you learn and how your time is used will vary according to the specific course you are studying; this may be in studios, labs, classes, involve working alone, learning from peers in pairs or groups, or with external partners. Most importantly, no matter which course you enrol on, you will learn not only about your subject but also about how you learn and how to increase your knowledge base.

Our courses will guide you to take increasing responsibility and ownership of your work and your learning. We do this so that you will be ready and able to take full advantage of the full range of opportunities offered by the creative industries in the global economy.

Assessment

Your work will be assessed through projects or portfolios, with written papers or research journals, and, on some courses, examinations. You will be graded according to a set of marking criteria that relate to such things as research, subject knowledge, methodology, and your capacity to analyse and reflect on your achievements. 

Structure

BA (Hons) Animation is an intensive studio based course where you will find yourself working collaboratively on practical projects that will expand, test and develop your knowledge and understanding of how animation is made and consumed. Your practical work will be supported and contextualised by a varied and lively series of programmes concerned with historical and theoretical studies, critical thinking, professional practice, and work based learning.

In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Animation qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Year 1

Units summary:

  • Introduction to Animation (20 credits)
  • Principles of Animation (40 credits)
  • Visual Narrative (40 credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 1 (20 credits)

A detailed and exciting Principles of Animation unit will introduce you to the fundamentals of animation production and offer you the opportunity to experience and test different ways to create animation and moving image work.

Your project work will explore and test the fundamental methods and principles of the animated moving image. Working on a number of projects both individually and collaboratively you will make work that covers a range of key production areas including 2D drawn animation, character design, lip-sync and working with sound, storyboarding and sequential narrative, 3D, stop-motion, film language and design.

Your creative work is supported by the Contextual and Theoretical Studies unit that will enable you to contextualise animation's history, development and role within the context of a wider moving image and visual arts culture.

Year 2

Units summary:

  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Professional Practice (40 credits)
  • Personal Project (40 credits)
  • Contextual and Theoretical Studies 1 (20 credits)

In year two you are encouraged to explore and experiment, testing the skills, knowledge and experience they have acquired in the first year of the course. You will also work with students from other design and media disciplines in the cross-college collaborative unit.

You will continue to work on animation production that broaden and deepen your understanding of animation, in particular its different forms, contexts and platforms. This will be achieved by live projects set by industry or cultural partners. The contextual and theoretical studies programme will offer a range of subject topics for you to choose from.

Year 3

Units summary:

  • Major Team Project (60 credits)
  • Professional Practice (20 credits)
    and
  • Route A: Contextual and Theoretical Studies (40 credits)
    or
  • Route B: Contextual and Theoretical Studies (20 credits) + Exploratory Practice Project (20 credits) 

The final year of your course is a culmination and synthesis of the teaching and learning of the preceding two years. You will consolidate the skills, knowledge and experience you have gained with two pieces of major project work that look forward to your progression from the course. The year three units will help you position yourself in terms of your strengths, interests and future career ambitions.

Course Structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

Staff

Programe Director: Ben Stopher

Course Leader: Susi Wilkinson

Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinators: Dr. Mark Ingham and Dr. Ian Horton

Careers

BA (Hons) Animation will prepare you for progression into jobs in animation or related time-based media production, usually in a freelance capacity.

You can expect to enter a variety of production areas that use animation such as various assistant roles in animation, production, direction, design and characterisation.

Your portfolio will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate the relevant skills and knowledge required for employment in these fields.

Additionally some students may choose to progress to further study at postgraduate level.

Student Jobs and Careers at UAL

We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. 

Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. 

Creative Opportunities is the UAL job and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in-house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.

UAL houses a number of organisations which promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:

  • Own-It (intellectual property issues)
  • ArtQuest (career development resource for artists and designers)

Entry Requirements

Recruitment and Admissions

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other qualifications, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

Entry Requirements (Home/International/EU)

For admission to BA (Hons) Animation, applicants need:

160 UCAS tariff points gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level (or equivalent) plus passes in three subjects at GCSE (or equivalent) Grade C or above. A Level subjects studied may include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences.

A typical applicant might have:

  • Two GCE A Levels (or equivalent) ideally achieved at grade C or above, plus passes in three subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.
    OR 
  • One subject at GCE A Level, plus a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus passes in three subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.

Applicants might also have overseas qualifications, or others including:

  • International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate. 
  • UAL Awarding Body Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. 
  • National Diploma, Access, or NVQ.
  • We also accept those with relevant professional and vocation qualifications. 

Alternative Entry Routes

We welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, or from mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience in industry. 

Students applying on the basis of their previous experience should apply as normal via UCAS and will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps, through either of the Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or the Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes.

English Language Requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level on our language requirements page. 

Admission Procedures

The selection procedures for the course adhere to the Equal Opportunities Policy of the University of the Arts London. Applications are normally made through UCAS and are assessed on the basis of qualifications, their personal statement, and portfolio of work.

All applicants will be contacted by the admissions team and asked to submit a mini portfolio of work via PebblePad within two weeks. Depending on the quality of mini portfolio and application, applicants may then be invited to full portfolio review and interview at the College.

In exceptional cases, those living outside London and unable to attend LCC can be interviewed by phone or via Skype, and should also prepare a digital version of their full portfolio.

Applicants are not guaranteed a full portfolio review or interview, and may be offered a place, or informed of an unsuccessful outcome, after the mini portfolio stage.

Student Selection Criteria - What do we look for?

All applications will be considered by the course team and offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria. The team will consider the following key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • Most importantly they will review your personal statement and your portfolio.
  • They will consider your qualifications (or projected results).
  • They will also review your academic or personal references.

Personal Statement Advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in animation and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course.

You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC.

You should ensure it is written clearly, and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it will help you in the future.

State what you personally would bring to the course, and that you are motivated and have a willingness to learn, explore and experiment.

Portfolio Advice

Your portfolio of work is the most important part of your application. 

The team are interested in portfolios that evidence a contextual understanding of animation, sequential narrative and explore a variety of different materials and techniques. Any other work may be considered if you feel it is absolutely relevant to your application. 

In your portfolio you must clearly evidence the following, through development work as well as finished projects:

  • Ideas generation; quality of ideas and expression of conceptual thinking.
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach to the area of study.
  • Research and its application (including sketchbooks).
  • Materials and media exploration and experimentation; testing of materials and realisation of concept.
  • An approach suited to the demands of the course and the projected career futures.
  • Creative thinking; how you respond to a brief with originality.

Mini Portfolio

All applicants will be contacted by the admissions team and asked to submit a mini portfolio via PebblePad.

The mini portfolio should consist of no more than twenty images from two or three of your projects.

After submitting the mini portfolio, applicants could either be made an offer for the course, referred to other courses across UAL for consideration, or invited to attend a full portfolio review and short group interview at LCC. 

Full Portfolio

Applicants successful at the mini portfolio stage may be invited to attend a full portfolio review and interview at LCC.

For the full portfolio review at the College, you should prepare additional examples of your work, including your development work and sketchbooks as well as finished projects.

In exceptional cases, those living outside London can be interviewed by phone or via Skype, and will need to prepare a digital version of their full portfolio.

Interview Advice

The interview will be a relatively informal group discussion and will take place at LCC with two members of the course team.

You can prepare yourself in advance by thinking of questions to ask the course team and re-familiarising yourself with your UCAS personal statement, from which the course team’s questions to you will probably arise. 

Students are admitted to the course having fulfilled the necessary entry requirements and on the basis of their potential to benefit from the programme and their potential to succeed on the course.

Next steps

You can normally expect to hear from the admissions team within two weeks after your interview. Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course. 

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants

You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system.

Go to 'Apply' from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form. London College of Communication (LCC) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W617
  • There is no 'campus code' for LCC.

International Applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at LCC:

Follow the steps on the UAL International Application page for advice of how to apply.

Study Abroad Applications

International undergraduate students can apply to join this BA course for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student. Please visit the University Study Abroad pages for details of how to apply or contact our Study Abroad office:

T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249
E: studyabroad@arts.ac.uk

Deferred Entry

For Home/EU applicants, the Course Leader determines whether deferred places are available for the course. If you wish to defer your place, it is advisable to indicate this on your application form and/or discuss this with the admissions team and Course Leader before applying or after at the earliest opportunity. In all cases, deferred places will only be held for one year.

International applicants are normally permitted to defer entry to any programme of study for one year only, after which they will be asked to re-apply.

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