Glyndwr University

BA (Hons) Animation

Why choose this course?

This course offers a practical programme of study, enabling you to bring characters to life. This specialised Animation programme will transform you into a versatile creative in the art of the moving image. Designed and developed from the ground up with employability as the core aim, you will develop skills in 2D, 3D and stop motion animation.

You will finish your studies with the professional skills and creative thinking strategies to pursue a career within animation studios, work as a freelance artist, or start your own studio.

Students will:

  • Learn the principles of visual communication and drawing and apply them to character design, background design, storyboarding and scene layout.
  • Explore the principles of animation with a focus on 2D digital techniques.
  • Work in teams on a short film to be submitted to film festivals, both nationally and internationally.
  • Practice character animation using 3D techniques to build up a professional show reel.
  • Specialise and develop a final degree project that will push on the boundaries of your skills to ensure you stand out from the crowd in the job market

Entry Requirements

The academic requirements for the course are 80-112 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-level or equivalent. Appropriate AS-Level and Level 3 Key Skills qualifications will also be taken into account.

The programme welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the potential to complete their chosen programme successfully. This can be established by showing appropriate academic achievements or by demonstrating that they possess the knowledge and ability equivalent to the academic qualifications.


6.0 (with no individual skill score below 5.5)

Career Prospects

  • Emphasis is placed on your personal and professional development, communication and entrepreneurial skills, so that you are well equipped to enter a diverse and rapidly changing industry. Our graduates have gone on to work for companies like the BBC, Channel 4, S4C, Disney, Molinare, McKinnon & Saunders, Passion Pictures, Asylum Models and Effects, EA Games and Traveller’s Tales, taking leading roles such as senior designers, VFX artist/animators, working on titles such as A Bug’s Life, The Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie and the Harry Potter series games.
  • Career opportunities exist in all areas of animation, including: concept artists, storyboard artists, assistant animators, freelance animators, character designers, game artists, interactive developers, environment and background artists, freelance visualisers, model making, set design, digital media texture art, digital painting, compositing, lighting, rigging, visual effects and post-production.
  • This degree also allows you to gain a range of transferable skills that can lead to a variety of employment opportunities. Further study opportunities are also available at MDes / MA or PGCE level.

Course Details

The programme will give you experience creating animated projects from initial ideas to final results.

You will learn to apply the principles of animation using diverse techniques. Such as 2D drawn, 2D digital animation, motion graphics and 3D animation. You will acquire industry standard software skills and the creative strategies to be able to develop professional experimental projects as well as client briefs. The course aims to provide you with a showreel that will allow you to start a freelance professional activity, apply for post-graduate studies, and enter the animation industry.


History & Context: Animation (20 Credits)
Creative Futures: Professional Studio Practice (20 Credits)
Principles of Animation (20 Credits)
Visual Communication (20 Credits)
3D Animation (20 Credits)
Creative Writing for Visual Narrative (20 Credits)


Critical Thinking (20 Credits)
Creative Futures: Business Fundamentals (20 Credits)
Character in Context (20 Credits)
Character Animation (20 Credits)
Short Film (40 Credits)


Research & Application (20 Credits)
Creative Futures: Entrepreneurial Practice (20 Credits)
Negotiated Practice (40 Credits)
Animation Degree Project (40 Credits)

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