Lots of students choose to study a computer animation degree to build a greater understanding of the animation sector. Animation degrees cover a wide range of topics including animated character design, graphic design, special effects, and video graphics. Animation degrees tend to cover all aspects of animation design, and give students the option to specialise in certain areas throughout the degree program. The most common specialisation is 3D animation.
Highlighted courses and degrees in computer animation
During a three year undergraduate animation degree, students will learn the fundamentals of animation, including 2D and 3D concepts. Some institutions also encourage students to take a four year animation degree instead; with a placement year during the third year to work directly in the industry for an animation company. Students will most likely have to work towards a final piece in their last year of study, and this is commonly used in a portfolio to present their ability of work to potential employers.
Alternatively, students can opt to study a postgraduate degree in computer animation. Most students will choose to study a very specific postgraduate animation degree, as they can apply their knowledge directly to their career when they graduate. Postgraduate degrees in animation usually take between one and two years to complete.
Entry requirements to an animation degree will vary depending on the institution you are applying to. If you are applying to a postgraduate program then you will most likely need to already hold an undergraduate degree related to computer animation. General entry requirements to undergraduate animation degrees include previous educational experience and a minimum IELTS score if the course is taught in English. You may also be required to write a letter of intent to support your application.
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Most graduates holding a degree in computer animation will work directly in the field within roles such as animators, graphic designers and art directors. There is also room for creative members of the team in departments such as advertising, web design, or publishing.
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