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What makes Animation and Screenwriting at Worcester special?

In today's world of multimedia communication, animators and screenwriters work together in an unprecedented variety of contexts. To study Animation and Screenwriting as joint honours is therefore full of possibility: if you so choose, it could lead to an innovative, interdisciplinary final year project that draws all your interests together. Both subject areas nurture your creative development alongside craft and digital skills that are highly prized by 21st century employers.

Animation and Screenwriting are led and taught by experienced animators and illustrators, industry practitioners and academics, and student performance is assessed entirely by course work. Studying these courses in combination could be right for you if your creative interests span working in moving image and other media contexts, and if your curiosity is fired by the creative possibilities of 21st century communication.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • A cohesive joint study programme
  • Live projects integrated into year-long modules of study
  • Innovative approach, with modules on craft and voice, creativity and collaboration and professionalism and employment
  • On-campus access to industry-standard software and motion capture facilities
  • Programme of guest lectures and events
  • Focus on developing craft capability, industry awareness, production experience and employer engagement
  • 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

"The course at Worcester expanded my understanding of animation, helped me realise my potential, gave me creativity, purpose and focus, and helped me define my career."

Richard Smith, 3rd year Animation, Intern at Aardman

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
  • Scriptwriting: Ideas and Development
  • Story Design and Analysis

Options

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

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Scriptwriting: Concept Development and Realisation

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
  • Screen Adaptation
  • Writing the Feature Film
  • Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Industry, Practices and Applications

Options

  • Independent Study
  • Animation Extension Module
  • Animation Negotiated Production 3
  • Pre-production Practices
  • Animation Professional Practice
  • Animation Negotiated Production 1
  • Animation Negotiated Production 2
  • Independent Study
  • Screenwriting: Final Project
  • Scriptwriting Extension Module
  • Radio and Television Comedy
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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.

Screenwriting nurtures your love of story and aims to develop your skills as a writer and media practitioner for the 21st century. It provides creative, challenging approaches to writing for the screen and performance from initial conception to production. You are taught by lecturers with both academic and professional, industry backgrounds who are well placed to offer you expert advice and to support your development of original writing.

The course provides you with many opportunities to network with industry contacts, supporting your developing understanding of how your writing skills are transferable to employment within the media industries.

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

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 Screenwriting BA (Hons).

 

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

In addition to developing your capabilities as an animator, this 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.

The opportunity to be introduced to current industry contacts in Screenwriting is an essential element of the progression of your work across the three years, giving you a unique insight into how your skills can transfer into employment within the media industry. There are many career path options including working in the digital arts industries, in film and television and arts organisations, and taking up university and school teaching or postgraduate academic and creative writing courses.

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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 Screenwriting BA (Hons) - WW68

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

WW68

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

Sarah Evans

Course leader