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BA (Hons) Animation

TARIFF: 88 - 112
  • Study Mode: Flexible and Distributed Learning
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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Do you have a passion for all things animation? Do you want to develop your skills ready for a career in this industry? On this course you’ll cover a range of areas using up-to-date software, with the support and guidance from our experienced lecturers. On this online and distance learning course, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge you need for your future.
Our creative briefs and projects will help you bring to life stories through the form of animation and upon graduation make your portfolio shine.
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Why study this subject?

Whether it is 2D, stop-motion, 3D hand-drawn or computer-generated animation, a skilled animator can create the illusion of real life and all roles call for high levels of creativity and passion for storytelling.

The animation industry needs strong creative people with good team working skills. The UK is particularly renowned for stop-motion or stop-frame animation and children's animation. It also has a thriving computer games industry.

Your skills will be valuable in any animation role, including but not limited too;

  • Commercials
  • Films
  • Games
  • Web design.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

There are plenty of reasons for you study Animation at Buckinghamshire New University

You'll be studying a completely practical course – we focus on what you need to know for a career in animation; you’ll keep a reflective journal, and learn to give presentations like the professionals. From expressiveness, to bringing a character to life you’ll be hands-on in gaining the skills you need.

At BNU we offer small classes across the board, meaning you gain a close-knit community and plenty of one-on-one contact and support with your tutor. Despite this course being delivered online, we offer various study channels and chat channels so you will be supported and feel a part of the wider BNU community when studying with us.

We’ve structured the course to build up your skills during your time with us. If you have no experience of animating, you’ll get to grips with tools and techniques in your first year, learning to develop great models for yourself. We cover everything you’ll need to create realistic scenes and believable, engaging characters.

Throughout the course you’ll explore different aspects of the animator’s role. You’ll create stop motion sequences and experiment with different styles of animation.

What facilities can I use?

You will have access to our specialist software via BNU Anywhere. This includes Maya, Zbrush, Nuke, Marvellous Designer, Adobe suite, Cinema 4D, Dragon Frame amongst others.

What will I study?

This course covers everything you need to know to be career-ready upon graduation. Starting with the fundamentals, you’ll learn the basics of animation, visual effects and games art. You will begin to animate in a believable manner and get a feel for pre-visual narrative and layout.

Throughout this course, you will also learn how to create detailed models from scratch through to lighting and rendering. As well as this, you’ll focus entirely on animation, learning about 3D character acting, stop motion and motion graphics. By the end of your degree, you’ll be working on projects to build your showreel for entry into employment in this exciting industry. You will also have the opportunity choose a specialism and aim to create a high quality showreel to support any subsequent job applications you make.

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How will I be taught and assessed?

You will receive a set of pre-recorded video lectures each week which will contain the learning content as well as a guidance document on how to use the material. You will be able to complete these at times convenient to yourself. This will last for approximately 10 weeks depending on the module. You will also be given a task to complete which will allow you to apply your learning.

You will be able to submit your progress at regular intervals for a feedback video from the lecturer. There will also be a scheduled group online discussion each week where the lecturer will introduce the topic and invite students to discuss and ask questions.

After the lecturing period is over you will be given an industry focussed practical task for each module and you will also be required to keep a reflective learning journal. The practical work is generally 70% of the assessment. At the end of the course you will compile your best work into a showreel.

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BA (Hons) Animation (Online) Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112

A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required and a typical offer also requires GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

3D Modelling & Pipeline

Texturing & Look Development

Lighting & Rendering

Animation Principles & The Moving Figure

Visual Narrative


Year 2 Modules

Character Animation & Performance

Creature Animation

Destruction Simulation

Stop Motion

Motion Graphics

Year 3 Modules

Industry Production Project

Portfolio Piece

Creative Production Project


How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£7,400 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023


What are my career prospects? 

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Our Animation course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities in any sector which requires the animator role, such as:

  • Commercials
  • Games
  • Web Design
  • Any other situation that requires an animator.

Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course, such as our MA 3D Animation or MA Pre-Visualisation. 

Recent alumni have gone onto become:

  • DNEG
  • Ubisoft
  • ILM
  • TT Games (Lego series)
  • Framestore
  • Cinesite
  • The Mill
  • Airship Images
  • Mediatonic
  • FST.

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