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What makes Animation and Graphic Design at Worcester special?

Studying Animation and Graphic Design in combination provides you with an exciting opportunity to develop as an animator and creative designer.

Many aspects of these disciplines are complementary, and studying them as Joint Honours is therefore full of possibility: it could lead to an innovative, interdisciplinary final year project that draws all your interests together.

Your creative development will take place alongside development of craft and digital skills that are applicable to a very wide range of graduate career and employment possibilities.

These two subject areas in combination may well be the right choice for you if the moving image and visual communication are what excite your curiosity, if thinking and learning through doing is your preferred approach to academic study, and if design and media-related employment is your long-term goal.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • A broad approach to animation
  • Live projects integrated into year-long modules of study
  • On-campus access to industry-standard software and motion capture facilities
  • A programme of guest lectures
  • Exposure to commercial and professional situations to develop your strengths, ideas and creativity
  • Portfolio presentation opportunities to creative directors of professional and commercial companies
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

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I loved how broad the course was - I could pick from a wide range of modules to suit my interests. The lecturers were all so enthusiastic it was impossible not to enjoy the course.

Stephen Hall, Graphic Design student

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Drawing for Animators and Illustrators
  • Crafting the Moving Image
  • Design: Skills and Theory
  • Graphics: Creative Digital Typography and Imaging

Options

  • Origin and Function
  • Introduction to Animation: Human Locomotion
  • Fundamentals of Modelling for Games Art and Animation:
  • Asset Creation
  • Multimedia in Context
  • Concept Visualisation

Year 2

Mandatory

N/A

Options

  • 2D Animation
  • Introduction to CGI 1: Modelling & Texturing
  • Introduction to CGI 2: Rigging and Animation
  • Stop Motion
  • Animation Production: Narrative Workflows
  • Experimental Animation
  • Concept Generation, Research and Preproduction
  • Digital Photography
  • Graphic Design for Internet and Multimedia
  • Graphic Design for Print
  • Children's Book Design

Year 3

Mandatory

N/A

Options

  • Independent Study
  • Animation Extension Module
  • Pre-production Practices
  • Animation Professional Practice
  • Animation Negotiated Production 1
  • Animation Negotiated Production 2 Animation Negotiated Production 3
  • Documentary Photography
  • Green Design
  • Major Project
  • Design Awards and Exhibition
  • Live Brief
  • Industry Collaboration
  • Pressure Projects
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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Animation at Worcester encompasses 2D traditional and digital animation, stop motion and claymation and 3D CGI for games, animation and film. Students also gain skills in editing, sound, compositing, concept art for games and animation, VFX techniques and creative concept generation. The course thus aims to offer you the realistic prospect of graduating as a competent practitioner in all areas of this still developing discipline. Alongside placing strong emphasis on nurturing your practice as an animator, it supports you to gain solid, foundational understanding of relevant history and theory. It integrates live projects into year-long modules of study to enable you to experience real, studio-based production in support of your preparation for professional work.

Graphic Design supports your development as a graphic designer with the flexibility to work in today's contexts, from print to web to multimedia design. Your creative ideas and approaches will grow alongside your use of computer technology and your critical understanding of design and visual theory. You will develop your team working skills and your understanding of how to respond to professional briefs, building your knowledge and experience of the current market. There are plenty of opportunities to work on 'live briefs' set by real clients from a variety of contexts, including businesses, museums, local authorities and charities. You will be encouraged to develop work for entry into national and international competitions and increasingly to follow your own interests, whether those involve a passion for typography or a preoccupation with motion graphics. Throughout, you will be introduced to the multitude of professional possibilities that are open to graphic designers, and there are plenty of opportunities to visit design studios and meet industry clients.

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Animation and Graphic Design.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for Animation BA (Hons) and Graphic Design BA (Hons).

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

In addition to developing your capabilities as an animator, the course will enable you to develop a wide range of transferable skills, from research and analysis techniques, to problem-solving, to communication and negotiation. Animators are increasingly in demand as the industry expands. Our interdisciplinary approach gives flexibility and will develop in you a wider view of the world that is both attractive to employers, and empowers you to create your own opportunities through creative entrepreneurship. You will find career opportunities not only in animation production, but also in the games industry, television motion graphics, compositing, special effects and advertising.

Graduates from Graphic Design & Multimedia have gone on to work in sectors such as publishing, graphic design, web design, media and arts administration, or are self-employed. This course also provides an excellent basis for further studies. Its interdisciplinary nature means that students develop skills that are attractive to employers.

"The entire course staff have been nothing but supportive over the last three years, while encouraging and developing creative skills with all students."

Martin Price, Graphic Design BA graduate.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Part-time applications

If you would like to apply to study this course part time, please complete our online application form.

Applying through UCAS

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UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Omid Ghanat-Abady

Course leader

Ree Han

Course leader