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  • English


    What will I experience?

    On this course you can:

    • Be involved in the production of the University’s own feature length film
    • Go on visual research trips with the animation production team
    • Benefit from the expertise of our staff who have had previous experience on a vast array of films from Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter and Narnia franchises

    What opportunities might it lead to?

    On this course you will develop strong creative and technical abilities in character animation, visual storytelling, compositing and editing. These skills are specifically tailored to enable you to find employment within the entertainment sector, wherever your strengths lie.

    Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

    • visual art
    • modelling
    • animation
    • composing
    • publishing
    • directing

    Detailed Course Facts

    Tuition fee Not specified Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Year one

    In your first year you will study core elements of the animation production process and develop 2D and 3D software skills alongside the more traditional hand-drawn animation.

    Core units in this year include:

    • Animation Principles
    • Animation Production
    • Animation Production Process
    • Introduction to Visual Research for Animation
    • Meaning and Representation
    • Narrative

    Year two

    As the course progresses, you will develop a more in-depth knowledge of particular skills in designing and producing character animation, visual storytelling, compositing and editing. Creative teamwork on projects also gives you the opportunity to identify your individual strengths.

    Core units in this year include:

    • Advanced Visual Research for Animation
    • Character Animation and Performance
    • Production Contexts
    • Sound and Visualisation
    • Group Project Production

    Options to choose from in this year include:

    • Cartoon Animation
    • Music: Practice, Performance and Research
    • Professional Experience
    • Student Enterprise

    Year three*

    Your third year enables you to focus on specific aspects of the production process. You can also further develop your own particular strengths within a team project and a self-elected final project/dissertation combo allowing you to study an animation-related subject in depth.

    Core units in this year include:

    • Employment Preparation
    • Major Project Animation
    • Written Project

    Options to choose from in this year include:

    • Advanced 2D Animation
    • Advanced 3D Animation
    • Advanced Pre-Production Methods
    • Create Worlds
    • Motion Capture Applications
    • Industry Work Placement
    • Interdisciplinary Group Project

    *This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 75(Grade B)

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    260-320 points to include a minimum of 260 points from A levels or equivalent, with 100 points from an A level in an Art & Design subject. Or Foundation Art & Design or National Diploma in Art & Design. Applicants may be subject to interview. A portfolio is essential.

    English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Portsmouth.

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