Animation degree – BA (Hons) – Bath Spa University

Animation

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course AN11 or AN12 (with professional placement) or AN13 (with integrated foundation)

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Animation
School/s
Bath School of Design
Campus or location
Locksbrook Campus and Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: AN11; or AN12; or AN13
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

Explore animation in all its forms, led by industry-oriented tutors in a state-of-the-art design facility.

  • Acquire a wide range of techniques and technical skills to express your ideas and realise your ambitions.
  • Gain experience in various kinds of animation, from moving image and sound to experimental and interactive approaches.
  • Specialise in a specific area of focus and create a final project that supports your future career ambitions.

The possibilities for animation have exploded in recent years and this course provides you with the skills to work across a range of existing and emerging sectors such as games development, visual effects (VFX) and film and media production.

You’ll start with the fundamentals of animation, then go on to explore various approaches in animation and learn to use a range of different platforms and technologies. You'll learn how to tell stories through animation, and have the opportunity to work on real client-led projects and factual/documentary briefs.

Over the three years, you’ll develop the advanced skills you need to become an exciting animator with a unique voice.

BA Animation is located in our recently redeveloped, state-of-the-art Locksbrook Campus.


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Study options

Integrated Foundation Year (UCAS codes: AN13)

The preliminary and intensive Integrated Foundation in Art and Design is designed to develop your ideas, skills and confidence in readiness for progressing to year one of your degree programme.

Professional Placement Year (UCAS codes: AN12)

This year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement, for assessment.

What you'll learn

Overview

Animation is collaborative. Within a strong ‘studio’ culture, you’ll be encouraged to learn together with your fellow students - and students on different courses across the university - as you develop your unique animation voice. You’ll use your initiative and develop practical skills as you work on projects, from concept to final completion and distribution. You’ll also be able take full advantage of the resources available across all of our campuses, including audio recording suites, film and television studios and high-end computing spaces.

You’ll be shown how to research and come up with creative concepts and ideas for both wider audiences and niche markets, and you’ll learn how to overcome obstacles as you bring your ideas to life through the production process.

With guidance from both industry professionals and experienced tutors, you’ll learn and develop the core skills of animation, as well as more advanced skills to take your ideas to the next level.

Course structure

Year one
You'll be introduced to visual research methods and animation principles, including image making, stop frame and drawing, and experiment with mark making and intuitive approaches to movement. You'll work with non-narrative and more formal approaches, incorporating storyboarding and film direction/staging/structuring considerations, followed by digital methods of visualisation. You'll also be introduced to 2D and 3D digital approaches to movement and character design, and you’ll explore the use of sound and the relationship between sound and image.
 
Year two
In the second year, you’ll continue to expand your technical and digital skills, and your conceptual knowledge and skills in all aspects of animation. You’ll develop narrative and non-narrative ideas as you work, focusing your interests in an animation documentary/short film.
 
Year three
We’ll help you as you use your own creativity, knowledge and practical skills to successfully realise collaborative and interdisciplinary animation projects. You’ll work to a client-led brief, consolidating your experiences, expertise and professional practice into a major project and showreel.

How will I be assessed?

The animation course is entirely assessed by project and coursework such as animation tasks, short films, interactive stories and web apps. Project work is supported by contextual essays, reflective commentaries, sketchbooks, reports, pitches, presentations, debates and b/vlogs.

In a ‘workshop’ setting with tutors and your fellow designers, you'll learn to see your work objectively and to think clearly about the different strategies you might adopt. You'll learn from each other’s mistakes and successes, as well as your own. You'll be urged to take risks and experiment to find your own unique point of view.

How will I be taught?

In the studio environment, you’ll learn through a variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, student presentations, online activity and discussion, work-based learning, research projects and practical real-world projects.

Staff on this course have a wide range of academic and practical expertise. You’ll benefit from one-to-one tutorials, group tutorials, workshops, peer-support and shared learning.

Lectures will explore the theoretical, historical and cultural aspects of animation, and visiting lecturers will provide further insights into the various industries in which animation skills are relevant.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is taught at our RIBA Award-winning Locksbrook Campus.

As a BA Animation student you’ll benefit from access to comprehensive digital workshops and specialist art and design facilities, including:

  • Our student service point at Locksbrook where you can purchase subsidised art and design materials, hire out equipment for free and collect Library resources
  • Access to our well-stocked Library at Newton Park
  • Specialist animation workshops 
  • Access to studio space where you can work on projects and refine your practice

Locksbrook campus

Locksbrook Campus is a Grade II listed building designed by Nicholas Grimshaw in 1976. It has now been transformed into an innovative, open plan space, redesigned to meet 21st century environmental standards, with technical workshops surrounded by flexible studio spaces and large social areas.

Locksbrook has received both a RIBA South West Award 2021 and RIBA National Award 2021, recognising and celebrating what an amazingly inspirational space it is to come together to design, make, do, create and learn in.

2022/23 Academic Year

We’ve made some changes to how we deliver our courses in response to the ongoing COVID situation. This is to enable students to get the most out of their studies and university experience and to facilitate an engaging, participative and interactive learning environment, all while keeping our community safe.

We keep our programmes under constant review, and we’ll make sure to let applicants know if there are significant changes to your programme. You can find out more about how the University has adapted its approach on our COVID advice pages, where you’ll also find support and signposting to useful services.

Opportunities

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Students from Bath School of Design have completed exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Spain, Sweden, USA, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and Italy.

Work placements, industry links and internships

We have links with a variety of companies, including specialists in web and digital design, media and animation. During your portfolio project, you'll be specifically asked to engage with external clients and organisations.

We draw on a diverse network of industry partners and collaborate with a range of animation companies in Bath, Bristol and beyond. Our students are invited to work on exciting projects, and benefit from creating their own professional network during the course.

Fieldwork

You’ll have the opportunity to attend local, regional and potentially international field trips. There are visits to specialist studios, exhibitions and museums. Please note that you may have to pay for some of these study visits.

Competitions and awards

We encourage you to participate in animation festivals and competitions.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
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2023/24 Entry

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2024/25 Entry

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UK students part time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
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2023/24 Entry

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2024/25 Entry

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International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £15,450
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
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2023/24 Entry

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2024/25 Entry

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Year 3 Published Jan 2026

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Students should be excited about the new possibilities for animation and have an enquiring mind.

Art or design experience is important, but other knowledge could also be useful. For example: engineering, maths, physics, computer games, product design and music technology.

Good quality qualifications in non-art and design subjects are welcome, if you can demonstrate your passion for the subject.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BCC-CCC including a Grade C in Art and Design or related subject.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in a related subject, or evidence of experience in Art and Design
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required in addition to a HL Art subject at grade 6.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) together with evidence of experience in Art and Design.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

Interested in applying? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Applicants will be invited to bring a portfolio of creative work to interview, demonstrating their experience and interests. More details will be supplied to applicants upon invitation to interview.

Course leader: Tim Webb
Email: t.webb2@bathspa.ac.uk

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