Ravensbourne University London - BA (Hons) Animation

Ravensbourne University London

BA (Hons) Animation

Why study this animation degree:

  • Learn within one of the top academic institutions in London, UK
  • Opportunities to collaborate on live briefs within industry
  • First-class teaching from experienced staff and industry experts
  • Work on creative projects that nurture individuals to excel
  • Excellent location with a host of animation studios on the doorstep
  • Tap into exceptional industry connections

The UK’s animation industry is a global success story. In a world where visual communication is the norm, animators are in high demand whether in TV, film, gaming, corporate films, advertising or the media.

Through studying this exciting animation degree course, you will acquire the technical skills, insight and platform to apply your creative talent to a successful career in character animation. You will think on your feet, respond to live and self-initiated briefs, and utilise a mix of practice and theory-based learning, including: seminars, workshops, industry masterclasses, individual tutorials and self-directed study.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English), and hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK/international qualifications.

Qualifications accepted:

  • Two A levels, grade C or above
  • Four AS levels, grade C or above
  • Two vocational A levels, grade C or above
  • Level three Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 24 points or above

Selection criteria:

Students should ideally have a background in art, creative media or design. Applicants are expected to submit a portfolio of work which shows a range of their skills and demonstrates why they would be a good fit for the course.


Academic 5.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each component: reading, writing, speaking, listening.

Career Prospects

Animation is an increasingly widespread form of media and good animators are becoming more sought after in film, television, visual effects (VFX), gaming and the web. Animation graduates often go on to secure work as 3D/2D generalists or specialists in areas such as: concept, modelling, animation and VFX production. Past Ravensbourne University London animation graduates have been employed in roles within film and television, VFX, advertising, post-production, apps and games.

Course Details

Year 0 (optional)

There is a year zero option available for this course, which is a preparatory year as part of a four-year BA (Hons) Animation course. This will be ideal for you if you wish to further develop your portfolio skills ahead of degree study. If you apply via this current page, you will skip the year zero option. If you are interested in this option, you can read more about the animation with year zero extension and apply via that page. 

Year 1

In year 1, you will study fundamental animation skills, including timing, posing, movement and behaviour. Throughout year 1, you will be encouraged to experiment and improvise with your ideas. You will gain industry insight from the outset; attending guest lectures, completing tasks set by practitioners and receiving direct feedback on the work you submit. A blend of skills will be explored throughout the course, including visual language, storytelling techniques and drawing. 

Year 2

In year 2, you will advance your skills in animation through acting workshops and exploration into dialogue and emotions. This will be teamed with the development of skills in rigging and preparation for industry. In your second year, you will be given the opportunity to work on live projects with mentors there to assist you.  You will also start to work independently, exploring your own individual area of interest and building an understanding of which sector your unique skill set is best placed within. Industry guests will continue to support the modules in year 2 through a series of masterclasses and workshops. There will also be an opportunity to engage in either a live brief or work placement at the end of year 2. 

Year 3

In year 3, you will focus on enhancing your chosen specialism in preparation for employment. You will focus on how to brand yourself, prepare for life as a freelancer and develop a showreel which is relevant to the sector of your choice.  You will be encouraged to collaborate with fellow course mates and work alongside those in other courses such as Games Design, Illustration and Music and Sound Design.  Over the three years, you will be taught how to develop creative responses to all your modules, while integrating both theory and practical workflows to bring out a strong and individual creative vision.  You will also be taught the importance of building both personal and professional life skills, to adapt to the opportunities and the challenges of today’s world of work.

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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