Animation with Foundation Year BA (Hons)

Middlesex University

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    15 (Drama, Dance & Cinematics)
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Course Summary

The Foundation Year in Visual Arts is a creative and inspiring multidisciplinary course encouraging students to explore different aspects of art and design. It builds confidence, helps students identify their strengths and develops skills and techniques. The course offers an experimental diagnostic approach exploring different creative pathways and clarifies an industry specialism to help students choose possible career paths in the creative industries. At the end of your foundation year, you will have developed a strong portfolio that will showcase your work and reflect your future professional direction. Successful completion of the foundation year guarantees entry onto your chosen visual arts degree.


Embracing all aspects of animated film making, an animation degree simply makes sense if you’re an aspiring animator.

Animation for the modern age

Animation is at the heart of movie industry, from the latest blockbuster to the small budget indie. Here you will develop your vision as an artist, animator, designer and director. Equipping yourself with the essential skills to establish yourself in the animation industry, you are given the space to explore your own creativity and develop your own style. You’ll study across a broad range of subjects including traditional and new media practices, stop motion, as well as computer animation and motion capture.

Space to develop your own creativity

While studying animation you will combine both theory and practice to develop your skills. In class discussions and lectures, you will learn about the history of animation, as well as build your understanding of the changing practices of animation and be introduced to new concepts around animation and games.

When it comes to practical work, you will develop and consolidate your own approach to animation in our state-of-the-art animation studio building your own animated films as part of your portfolio development module. Using industry standard software you build and refine your technical skills by creating your own animation sequences. You also learn film and sound editing techniques to convey narrative.

You’ll learn alongside our BAFTA winning academic team who all work professionally in film making, each with their own set of skills in long and short animation, commercials, TV shows, motion graphics and more. They have worked with companies like Dreamworks, Warner Bros, Roughouse, and the BBC, as well as nominations and wins across events such as Cannes Film Festival and London International Animation Festival.

Support for your career goals

While you’re learning, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants, who have experience in your subject area. You also receive help from specialised technicians who have professional experience and support you during workshops, studios and projects.

We have strong links with art and design employers, and our industry partners even sponsor final year students and give specialist workshops and lectures, meaning you have the opportunity to build you network, as well as showcasing your work to employers within the creative industry at events, festivals and our end of term Degree Show. Our graduates have gone on to work on such films as Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs', as well as animation companies like Animade.

If you're passionate about animation and determined to succeed in a high pressure, fast paced environment, our BA in animation can set you up with the skills and support you'll need to succeed.

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£9,250 per year

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About this University

Middlesex University has a personalised approach to learning and teaching, supporting students to develop skills for their future and get ready for success in a changing world. Students develop advanced skills through making, doing and experience at its single-site campus in north London, which offers industry-standard facilities and excellent connections with employers. The university has a reputation for diversity, and includes everyone equally in its community.


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