Wolverhampton School of Art

Animation with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Full-time 4 years

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study.

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W616
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art
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Why choose this course?

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study. Successful completion of our Foundation course permits access to any of our Art or Digital Media BA (Hons) or BDes (Hons) degree courses, which include Computer Games Design, Animation and Film and Television Production. The Foundation year begins with modules aimed at providing transferable study skills and then, in the second semester, gives students the opportunity to study more specialist modules, with a focus on various aspects of Art and Digital Media.

The BA (Hons) Animation course helps you combine visual ideas with sound and time to create an on screen experience for your audience. On this course you learn: ideas generation, visual storytelling, storyboarding, scriptwriting, sound design, character design, character animation, experimental animation, 2D animation, 3D animation, stop motion animation, film editing and compositing. At your fingertips you will have the power of software suites such as Adobe and Autodesk which are renewed annually. Specifically in animation we use Maya, Mudbox, TV Paint, After Effects, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. We also use pencils, paper, clay and anything else that communicates a brilliant idea!

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What happens on the course?

The course is delivered via a variety of teaching methods, including studio and workshop teaching, seminars and presentations. You will complement your practical studies with theory-based modules that investigate the current contextual and historical aspects of the subject. This includes the study of film language, narrative, non-narrative and conceptual approaches to ‘genre’ and related contextual issues.

Drawing and observation are the foundations of animation. Drawing is used to study and analyse movement as well as being a powerful medium for self-expression and an invaluable tool for conceptual development. Important related skills such as pre-production planning, video editing and digital sound are also taught.
 
Why not check out what our students got up to for their final projects at our annual Degree Show 2018
 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Typical career opportunities open to graduates include work in animation, television and games design, illustration and the creative and communications industries.

You may also continue your studies to postgraduate level on our MA programmes: MA Art and Design, MA Design for Advertising or MA Fine Art. 
 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

At Wolverhampton you will become familiar with both computer-based and traditional animation techniques combining visual and audio skills together with structured time and motion.

You will hone your editing, creative use of sound, compositing and idea generating expertise as well as developing a critical awareness of the subject and establish your own creative individuality.

You will explore a range of styles ¿ we cover any approach to the art of animation, depending on your talents and skills. The course is delivered via a variety of teaching methods, including studio and workshop teaching, seminars and presentations. 

The animation course is a key contributor to the FLIP Festival and winner of prizes including a Royal Television Society award.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Emily Mantell

              

Technical hands-on modules will develop the craft of animating through 2D digital, traditional and CGI methods. You will not only be able to use a variety of software (Maya, Flash, Photoshop, Premiere Pro) by the end of Year One, but will also be able to animate complex human movement and speech.

The third year focuses on preparation for employment and personal career strategies. You may produce any style of work you wish through negotiated study modules. You may opt to produce one large film or to undertake experimental work, ranging from fine art approaches to commercial sequences.
 
 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials: £50 to 200 per semester - Prices vary according your subject of practice.

Additional Field Trips: £50 to 400 - Prices will vary according to location.

Additional Events: £300 - Degree Show/New Designers. Costs will vary according to the medium and mode of your practice but considerations will be around materials, installation and presentation.

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Typical entry requirement: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)
  • UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design or Creative Media Production & Technology - grade P

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  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review. Further details can be found at https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/4---after-youve-applied/subject-specific-applications/. Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

“The BA (Hons) Animation course equipped me with the skills required for the creative industries. With encouragement and support from the tutors, I continued onto further success by directing my own films and projects, including one for the Channel 4 ‘Animator in Residence Scheme’.

I have recently been a teaching assistant, producing short films, and will continue to collaborate with members of the department with a project commissioned by Collide.”
 
Reena Kalsi,
BA (Hons) Animation
 

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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