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Year of Entry 2021/22
BA (Honours)

Animation with Foundation Year

Full-time Digital media

Gain a degree in animation, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A034
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Work across a variety of forms including 2D drawn and digital-based animation, stop motion and 3D CGI animation.
  • Specialise in your preferred animation discipline for your major project film.
  • Produce a portfolio of project work to showcase your skills to potential employers.

Learn a broad range of techniques and theoretical knowledge underpinning the form, including storyboarding, life drawing and concept art with this practical animation course. You graduate with the experience necessary to work in the animation industry, or in a wide range of other sectors that require creative professionals with animation skills.

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Animation course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other media arts and communication foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

Throughout the course you will experience a range of teaching methods, from specialist workshops and media labs to lectures and seminars, individual tutorials and group work. You will be able to develop your own area of interest and specialise in your preferred discipline for your major project film (including 2D drawn, stop motion or 3D CGI animation).

You learn through

  • coursework
  • portfolios
  • projects
  • written reports
  • peer critique groups

In the foundation year, you’ll study wide-ranging media arts and communication topics, while also focussing on your particular subject area and completing assignments in that field. You’ll grow as a creative, and begin developing a professional portfolio. You’ll also become familiar with Hallam’s exceptional facilities and staff, so you’re fully prepared for undergraduate study.

Course leaders and tutors

Peter Spence
Peter Spence
Senior Lecturer

Currently teaching a number of film theory modules on the BA (Honours) Film and Media Production course, Peter is also an award-winning film-maker whose work has scr … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

Field trips

To help create a stimulating environment and to ensure that you gain the latest industry knowledge, you attend animation festival trips, film seminars and guest lectures by industry experts. Our industry links include Aardman, Double Negative, Frame Store, MacKinnon and Saunders, Cartoon Saloon, Finger Industries and Mew Lab.

Competitions

In your fourth year you have the opportunity to submit your work for the Nick Park Award, an annual competition exclusive to Sheffield Hallam students which is judged by the team at Aardman.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as a

  • stop motion animator
  • 3D CGI animator
  • set designer
  • puppet builder
  • lighting technician
  • texture artist
  • modeller
  • rigger
  • compositor
  • producer
  • editor
  • storyboard artist
  • character designer

Previous graduates of BA (Honours) Animation have gone on to work for

  • Industrial Light and Magic
  • BBC (CBeebies)
  • Double Negative
  • Warner Brothers studios

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • industry-standard stop motion studio
  • multi-disciplinary 2D animation project room
  • green screen studio
  • 3D printers
  • laser cutters
  • motion capture suite
  • Adobe CC suite
  • ToonBoom Harmony
  • Dragon Frame
  • Autodesk Maya
  • 3D Studio Max
  • VRay Render engine

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 80

With at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • CDD at A Level.
  • MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications which must include an A level grade C or BTEC grade M.

GCSE

  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents*

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• An Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying Media Arts and Communication.

We treat the foundation year as part of the Media Arts and Communication degree programme. Offers made to students will be for four years of study (or five years of study including a placement). This is made up of the foundation year plus one of our Media Arts and Communication degrees.

Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Creative Synergies In Media Production Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media In Context Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Preparing For Independent Practice And Study Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: 2D Animation Foundation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Animation Analysis Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Cgi Animation Foundation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Creative Challenges Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Drawing For Animation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Stop Motion Animation Foundation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Level 5 Integrated Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Showreel Project 1 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Showreel Project 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Visual Storytelling 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Visual Storytelling 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Major Animation Project Credits: 80 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Life Drawing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sound Design And Sonic Arts Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Visual Effects Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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