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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

**Overview**Visual communication and entertainment have become a dominant force in the last 20 years, with animation at their core. Animators are in demand across a range of creative industries including television, film, web, computer games, education, and marketing.With our Animation degree course, you'll gain the sought-after technical skills, artistic insight, and platform diversity to apply your talent to any form of visual arts, media, or communication. You'll develop advanced abilities in character animation, visual storytelling, compositing and editing, and learn from active industry professionals who’ve directed animations for Disney, Warner Bros., and Cartoon Network, and produced special effects for prominent film franchises like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Chronicles of Narnia.At the end of the course, you’ll be primed for a successful career in 2D or 3D animation across multiple industries.**Course highlights**- Practise the techniques that animators use in the film industry, such as the performance capture process used in the film Avatar- Learn industry-standard software and production methods and use professional animation equipment including Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk Maya, TV Paint, and Wacom Cintiq digital drawing displays- Meet prospective employers and industry contacts by showcasing your work at our student screening in London- Gain valuable industry experience and knowledge by taking an optional placement year – either with a company or as self-employed- Demonstrate your technical proficiency to industry peers by earning Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) accreditation- Impress the public and potential employers by showcasing your final-year work at our annual Graduate Shows- Put your artistry and skills to prize-winning test by taking part in our annual University GameJam**Accreditation**This Animation degree course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Services), a group of industry professionals and employers.The JAMES accreditation lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the animation industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.JAMES reviews our accreditation every 3 years to make sure the Animation course content remains up-to-date with industry trends and developments. So you’ll always be learning skills relevant to your career.**Careers and opportunities**The UK’s animation industry creates pioneering content and visual effects worldwide for commercials, websites, games, and interactive technologies. Animations for events, concerts, theatre performances, and theme parks are also on the rise (Animation UK). With the rapid development of future technologies such as virtual, mixed, and augmented reality, animation continues to be a growing sector of the global media and entertainment market.Upon completing our Animation degree course, you can be part of this vital industry that transcends all sectors.Graduate rolesOur graduates have worked in a wide range of artistic roles, including:- animators- concept artists- directors- compositors- creative directors- art directors- modellers- user interface (UI) designers- post-production technical directorsGraduate destinationsOur graduates have worked at renowned companies such as:- Climax- Framestore- The Mill- Sony Pictures Animation- Kuju Games- Centroid 3d in Pinewood Studios- Cartoon NetworkGraduate productionsSome of our alumni have worked on high-profile feature films and cartoons, including:- Avatar- Life of Pi- Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland- The Amazing World of GumballAfter you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employabili

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 17,000per year

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University information

University of Portsmouth

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  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

Over 5,000 of the university’s 25,000 students come from 150 countries around the world, and the Global Community networking scheme helps them to meet.
The University of Portsmouth Global team is dedicated to supporting international students from enquiry, through application and arrival, to graduation.
International students can get specialist advice on matters including visas and immigration, settling into the UK and adjusting to a new culture.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    66th out of 85 36

    70th out of 113 21

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    113 52%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66.0 66%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.18 84%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    113 51%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%



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