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What makes Animation and Illustration at Worcester special?

In today's world of multimedia communication and publishing, illustrators and animators work together in an unprecedented variety of contexts.

To study Animation and Illustration as joint honours is therefore full of possibility: your learning on both courses will be mutually informing and, if you so choose, could lead to an innovative, interdisciplinary final year project that draws all your interests together.

Both subject areas place emphasis on drawing as a tool for thinking and visualisation and both nurture your creative development alongside development of craft and digital skills that are highly prized throughout the fast-moving and dominant digital/visual culture of today's world.

Studying these two subject areas in combination could be right for you if your creative interests span working in moving image and other visual contexts, and if your curiosity is fired by the possibilities of 21st century media and communication.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • A cohesive joint study programme
  • Live projects integrated into year-long modules of study
  • On-campus access to industry-standard software and motion capture facilities
  • Programme of guest lectures and events
  • Live brief collaboration with publishers
  • Opportunity to travel to destinations in mainland Europe
  • Introduction to exhibition practice through illustration fairs, card sales and exhibitions
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree

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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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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
  • Image and Text

Options

  • Origin and Function
  • Introduction to Animation: Human Locomotion
  • Fundamentals of Modelling for Games Art and Animation:
  • Asset Creation
  • Illustration and Print Making
  • Illustration: Origins and Function

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
  • Visual Statement
  • Illustration Forms and Genres
  • Location Drawing and Reportage

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Contemporary Practice

Options

  • Independent Study
  • Animation Extension Module
  • Pre-production Practices
  • Animation Professional Practice
  • Animation Negotiated Production 1
  • Animation Negotiated Production 2
  • Animation Negotiated Production 3
  • Professional Practice
  • Authorial Practice
  • Negotiated Project
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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.

Illustration aims to cover the complete range of illustration genres and forms, including children's books, editorial and magazine illustration, the graphic novel, reportage, authorial illustration and advertising. With its comprehensive foundation in drawing during students' first year, it will support development of your work across a wide range of applications encompassing traditional techniques and digital realisation. Cross media projects are encouraged and, in your final year, there is increasing emphasis on growing your knowledge of, and interaction with, professional contexts of illustration. You are taught by lecturers who, themselves, are also professional, published illustrators.

Animation and Illustration are led and taught by experienced animators and illustrators, industry practitioners and academics, and student performance is assessed entirely by course work. They are committed to supporting your understanding of the range of possibilities that could be available to you on graduation, and there are opportunities to explore postgraduate study as well as to investigate, with those who are already following them, career paths in teaching, the creative and cultural industries, the media, marketing, PR and other employment sectors in which graduates find work.

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

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 Illustration BA (Hons).

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

Animators and illustrators are increasingly in demand as the media industries expand.

You will find career opportunities in animation production and in professional illustration fields including newspapers and magazines, books, advertising, exhibiting independent work, television and the internet. All these fields are potential showcases for graduates' work.

Graduates will also find career opportunities in television motion graphics, graphic design, story writing, studio management, the games industry, compositing, special effects and advertising.

In addition to developing your capabilities as an animator and illustrator, 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.

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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

Animation and Illustration BA (Hons) - WW6F

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.

UCAS Code

WW6F

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

Tobias Hickey

Course leader