This cutting-edge course will give you the chance to learn about animation and explore it in a way that reflects current art and industry practice. You'll have the opportunity to study a broad range of disciplines, including drawing, writing, 2D and 3D animation, character design, storyboarding, scoring, and directing.
By the end of the course you will have developed a thesis short animation and a professional showreel, tailored to your own career aspirations, and be ready to launch your creative career as an animator.
- Explore the whole subject area of animation – from drawing and writing to storyboarding and direction.
- Take part in live projects and competitions, giving you exposure to the industry.
- Have access to industry-standard equipment and software such as Cintiq 27" HD touch drawing screens, Autodesk's Maya, TVPaint, and Dragonframe.
- Learn from course staff with industry experience and expertise in areas such as scriptwriting and sequential drawing.
- Complete short periods of work experience, to help you gain professional experience and skills.
- Apply to go on an overseas exchange to a partner university in Europe through the Erasmus programme.
- Exhibit your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham in your final year.
- Be selected to showcase your work at international film festivals, such as the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
Student work Work by our BA (Hons) Animation students
How you're taught
Teaching and learning experiences will include:
- lectures and briefings
- studio workshops
- peer and self-evaluations
- verbal and visual presentations
- live projects and competitions
- study trips
- personal development planning.
Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade. You will receive feedback throughout.
Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:
- 2D visual research
- sketchbooks and design development work
- 3D development work and final animation
- portfolio work
- reports and evaluations
- dissertation or alternative projects
- visual and verbal presentations.
The University is part of the Erasmus+ exchange programme and has agreements with a number of partner institutions throughout Europe.
If you're thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus+ is a great way of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, learning a new language, and gaining a study experience that will enhance your CV. Exchanges usually take place during Year Two of your studies.
You will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.
- Year 1 coursework (100%).
- Year 2 coursework (100%).
- Year 3 coursework (100%).
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%), independent study (79%).
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (78%).
Careers and employability
The School of Art & Design has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 96% of our undergraduate students in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015/16).
Employability is a key focus of this course, with modules including initiatives – such as live projects and the opportunity to exhibit your work – that will help enhance your future career.
This course will prepare you to work in the digital media field, in areas such as feature films, television, heritage interpretation, advertising, and games production.
You will also develop transferable skills for alternative careers in teaching, retailing, media, and freelance design.
YouFirst – working with our Employability team
Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the Internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and for up to three years after completing your course.
Work placement and internship opportunities
You will be actively encouraged and supported to undertake informal work experience and professional practice in addition to your studies.
You will normally complete these placements during holiday times, but you will have the option of taking up to two weeks out of term time, which you can negotiate with your tutor.
Our teaching staff, including part-time lecturers who are professionally active, help and support students in directing them towards work placement and professional practice opportunities.
Our Animation facilities are based in the Waverley building, a dedicated Art and Design building. Facilities and equipment include:
- High-end 3D work stations with Xeon processors and Quadro Graphics Cards
- Wacom Cintiq 27" touch drawing screens
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- Autodesk Entertainment Creation suite software, including Maya, 3ds Max, and Mudbox
- TVPaint software
- Dragonframe stop-motion software and hardware
- green screen and motion capture facilities
- professional audio booths fully equipped for sound recording, foley, and composing
- digital SLR cameras with a range of EF and EF-S lenses
- 3D printing and laser cutting facilities.