University of Portsmouth

BA Hons Animation

In a world where visual communication is the norm, animators are in high demand in TV, movies, gaming, corporate films, education and mainstream news media.

This BA (Hons) Animation degree course gives you the technical skills, insight and platform to apply your creative talent to a successful career in 2D or 3D animation in the film, computer games, visualisation, motion capture and advertising industries.

Entry Requirements

A levels – BBB–BBC

UCAS points – 112–120 points (

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BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM

International Baccalaureate – 25

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Career Prospects

When you finish this Animation degree course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

Previous students have gone on to work as animators, concept artists, directors, compositors, creative directors, art directors, modellers, user interface (UI) designers and post-production technical directors at well-known companies such as:

  • Climax
  • Framestore
  • The Mill
  • Sony Pictures Animation
  • Kuju Games
  • Centroid 3d in Pinewood Studios
  • Cartoon Network on the Amazing World of Gumball

They’ve worked on high-profile feature films and cartoons including:

  • Avatar
  • Life of Pi
  • Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland
  • The Amazing World of Gumball

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the animation industry.

Course Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Animation Production Process
Introduction to 2D Animation
Introduction to 3D Animation
Introduction To Visual Research For Animation
Signs and Meaning in Animation

Year 2

Animation Group Project: Introduction
Animation Group Project: Production
Experimental Animation
History and Theory of Animation
Optional modules
-Creative Technologies Study Exchange
-CCI Self-Employed Placement
-CCI Work Placement – Full Year
-Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
- Intermediate 2D Animation
-Intermediate 3D Animation
-Introduction to Visual Effects
-Modern Foreign Language (IWLP)
-Previsualisation and Motion Capture artists within film, TV and game productions.
-Professional Experience
-Student Enterprise

Year 3

Employment Preparation
Major project: Introduction
Major Project: Resolution
Written Project
Optional modules
-Advanced 2D Animation
-Advanced 3D Animation
-Advanced Pre-Production Methods
-Advanced Visual Effects and
-Motion Capture Applications

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