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Animation (Professional Placement Year) BA (Hons)

Bath Spa University

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Course options

  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Explore animation in all its forms, led by industry-oriented tutors in a state-of-the-art design facility.- Acquire a wide range of techniques and technical skills to express your ideas and realise your ambitions.- Gain experience in various kinds of animation, from moving image and sound to experimental and interactive approaches.- Specialise in a specific area of focus and create a final project that supports your future career ambitions.The possibilities for animation have exploded in recent years and this course provides you with the skills to work across a range of existing and emerging sectors such as games development, visual effects (VFX) and film and media production.You’ll start with the fundamentals of animation, then go on to explore various approaches in animation and learn to use a range of different platforms and technologies. You'll learn how to tell stories through animation, and have the opportunity to work on real client-led projects and factual/documentary briefs.Over the three years, you’ll develop the advanced skills you need to become an exciting animator with a unique voice.BA Animation is located in our recently redeveloped, state-of-the-art Locksbrook Campus.Animation is collaborative. Within a strong ‘studio’ culture, you’ll be encouraged to learn together with your fellow students - and students on different courses across the university - as you develop your unique animation voice. You’ll use your initiative and develop practical skills as you work on projects, from concept to final completion and distribution. You’ll also be able take full advantage of the resources available across all of our campuses, including audio recording suites, film and television studios and high-end computing spaces.You’ll be shown how to research and come up with creative concepts and ideas for both wider audiences and niche markets, and you’ll learn how to overcome obstacles as you bring your ideas to life through the production process.With guidance from both industry professionals and experienced tutors, you’ll learn and develop the core skills of animation, as well as more advanced skills to take your ideas to the next level.**More about the Professional Placement Year**A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 15,530per year

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Entry requirements

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A level : CCC - BBC

A Level - grades BBC-CCC including Grade C in an Art or Design or related subject preferred.


University information

Bath Spa University

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  • Campus address

    Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath, Bath And North East Somerset, BA2 9BN, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    40th out of 85 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    125 57%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64.0 64%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%



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