The BA (Hons) Animation course helps you combine visual ideas with sound and time to create an on screen experience for your audience. On this course you learn: ideas generation, visual storytelling, storyboarding, scriptwriting, sound design, character design, character animation, experimental animation, 2D animation, 3D animation, stop motion animation, film editing and compositing. At your fingertips you will have the power of software suites such as Adobe and Autodesk which are renewed annually. Specifically in animation we use Maya, Mudbox, TV Paint, After Effects, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. We also use pencils, paper, clay and anything else that communicates a brilliant idea!
The course is delivered via a variety of teaching methods, including studio and workshop teaching, seminars and presentations. You will complement your practical studies with theory-based modules that investigate the current contextual and historical aspects of the subject. This includes the study of film language, narrative, non-narrative and conceptual approaches to ‘genre’ and related contextual issues.
Drawing and observation are the foundations of animation. Drawing is used to study and analyse movement as well as being a powerful medium for self-expression and an invaluable tool for conceptual development. Important related skills such as pre-production planning, video editing and digital sound are also taught.
At Wolverhampton you will become familiar with both computer-based and traditional animation techniques combining visual and audio skills together with structured time and motion.
You will hone your editing, creative use of sound, compositing and idea generating expertise as well as developing a critical awareness of the subject and establish your own creative individuality.
You will explore a range of styles ¿ we cover any approach to the art of animation, depending on your talents and skills. The course is delivered via a variety of teaching methods, including studio and workshop teaching, seminars and presentations.
The animation course is a key contributor to the FLIP Festival and winner of prizes including a Royal Television Society award.
“The BA (Hons) Animation course equipped me with the skills required for the creative industries. With encouragement and support from the tutors, I continued onto further success by directing my own films and projects, including one for the Channel 4 ‘Animator in Residence Scheme’.
I have recently been a teaching assistant, producing short films, and will continue to collaborate with members of the department with a project commissioned by Collide.”
BA (Hons) Animation
Animation graduates can go on to a variety of different jobs and roles including (but definitely not limited to!):
Motion graphics artist, character animator, character designers, concept artists, art directors, feature/shorts/commercial directors, 2D digital animator, 2D drawn animator, 3D digital animator, stop motion animator, animation supervisor, animation producer, production manager, production assistant, CG modeller, compositor, digital painter, rigger (2D or 3D), editor, model maker, set builder, layout artist (digital or analogue), lighter, match move artist, rotoscope artist, VFX artist, SFX artist, storyboard artist, scriptwriter.
Entry level jobs after graduation might include being a runner, a trainee model maker, a production assistant, a junior animator or an inbetweener.Other post graduate options include paid internships, traineeships or further specialised study such as an MA or other professional postgraduate qualification. Staff at Wolverhampton are always happy to advise on and discuss your career ambitions.
Technical hands-on modules will develop the craft of animating through 2D digital, traditional and CGI methods. You will not only be able to use a variety of software (Maya, Flash, Photoshop, Premiere Pro) by the end of Year One, but will also be able to animate complex human movement and speech.
The third year focuses on preparation for employment and personal career strategies. You may produce any style of work you wish through negotiated study modules. You may opt to produce one large film or to undertake experimental work, ranging from fine art approaches to commercial sequences.
Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference. Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review.
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact 01902 323403 for further information.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323403
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.