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Animation BA (Hons)

Develop strong 2D animation skills, hone your ability to create stories with strong illustrative visuals and engaging narratives and enjoy the freedom to explore your own style and expression as an animator.

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Overview

Animation at DMU is for students who have a love for drawing and want to see their artwork and characters come to life. We encourage you to be innovative, creative and push the boundaries of storytelling and artistic style. You will gain a sound grounding as a generalist with the opportunity to develop more specialist skills from second year, as well as to develop new intellectual property and set new trends.

Our supportive and collaborative studio culture nurtures a friendly atmosphere that aims to encourage professional attitude and development. Teaching is delivered primarily through demonstration and practical workshop sessions, providing hands-on experience in drawing, script writing, idea generation, visual communication, pre-production, audio production and digital 2D animation practice.

Tutorials aim to provide personal feedback and are a framework for ensuring students see improvements in their work. Formative assessments include screenings of work, peer discussions and tutor led critique. Students will be briefed and supported to produce festival-ready animation, build an online presence and create an industry standard showreel.

Studying this course will prepare you for the industry whilst developing you as an independent film maker with your own distinct style and voice.

 

Key features

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [ Office for Students, 2017]
  • 97.3% of DMU graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
    According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education ( DLHE) 2016-17 report
  • Support from the Leicester Media School Drawing Centre (LMSDC)
    providing DMU students with extracurricular pastoral support for the Visual  courses in the School.  A drawing school for developing artists and designers to have a creative forum and discourse.
  • Work placement
    Enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement. Supported by DMUworks.
  • Specialist facilities
    DMU Animation has excellent specialist facilities including industry-standard animation, recording and sound studios, editing suites and dedicated graphics studios, computer suites for lectures and practical workshops, screening rooms for viewing films and presentations and exposure to the latest software to ensure students achieve the skills needed to enter the animation industry and festival circuit.

    Students also benefit from three dedicated suites of Wacom Cintiq stations and one Animation studio equipped with audio software and hardware.

  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.

 

Animation Showreel

A range of 2D animation from the students studying Animation BA (Hons) at DMU. Discover more at DMU's Animation page on Vimeo

 

 

Graduate success and news

DMU animation graduate plays part in sci-fi hit's Oscar win

Studio visits get DMU students animated

Aye aye, Captain! DMU grad redesigns classic TV ad character

Animation portfolio guidance

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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W615

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Students of this course qualify for financial support as part of The DMU Difference. We are providing awards of £70, for students at the university on years one to three of study*, towards specialist printing.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students.  Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Important information on The DMU Difference.

Find out about  additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W615

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £14,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, with Art and Design at grade C or above or
  • Art and Design BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE Art and Design course with at least 15 credits in Art and Design at merit. English GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points including Art and Design at higher level grade 5 or
  • Art and Design Foundation Diploma: Pass

Portfolio Required : You will also need a good portfolio according to the course guidelines as part of your application - Portfolio Guidance

Interview Required: Yes

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications


English language — If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

Year one

  • 2D Animation 1
  • Critical Studies 1 
  • Visual Communication 1

Year two

  • 2D Animation 2
  • Critical Studies 2
  • Visual Communication 2

Year 3

  • Professional Brief
  • Final Major Project

Teaching is delivered primarily through lectures and practical sessions, with access to keynote lectures and support from industry mentors. Practical classes provide hands-on experience of both drawing, idea generation, pre-production and digital 2D animation development. Tutorials are used to provide feedback and a framework for ensuring you see improvements in your work. Additional learning materials are also offered online.

Assessments include regular screenings of artwork and reports for peer, tutor and industry critique. You will be encouraged to produce festival ready animation and a showreel for employment, guided by experts from the animation industry and the teaching team. Industry representatives make regular visits to give presentations and review showreels.

You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 24 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

 

Facilities and features

Animation Studios

 


We have excellent specialist facilities including industry-standard animation, recording and sound studios, editing suites and dedicated graphics studios, computer suites for lectures and practical workshops, screening rooms for viewing dailies and presentations; exposure to the latest software to ensure you achieve the skills required to go out into the industry.

You will also benefit from our dedicated suite of Cintiq stations

DMU animation graduate plays part in sci-fi hit's Oscar win

Ben Carlson
Animation BA (Hons)

Ben Carlson said it was an “incredible honour” to work for Double Negative (Dneg), the tech team responsible for bringing Ex Machina's AI robot Ava to life.

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Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Our graduates are working as animators, producers, high-flying VFX technical directors, lead technical runners, compositors, modellers and designers working on TV series and films. They are working with international companies like Double Negative, Ubisoft (Shanghai), Jagex, MPC, The Mill, Blue Zoo, Character Shop, RJDM Animations and Ragdoll Productions and have worked on major films including ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’, 'Les Miserables', 'Superman Man of Steel', 'Thor: The Dark World', 'Ex Machina', 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' and ‘Total Recall’.

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Placements

Work-based placements are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience, and can often lead to your first graduate role.

They are the perfect means of discovering how your studies relate to the real world, and provide an opportunity to improve your confidence and make contacts to help you get ahead in the job market.

DMU’s dedicated Placements Teams can help you by providing access to hundreds of opportunities, giving one-to-one CV advice and interview preparation, and offering training sessions and support from a dedicated tutor.

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