BA (Honours) Animation

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)


Course in clearing Full-time Art and design

Learn the creative, conceptual, technical, and professional skills necessary to produce high-quality animation across a range of disciplines including 2D, Stop Motion and 3D animation.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2024. Get started with our online form, or call 0330 024 6390.

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We are unable to accept applications from international students through clearing. Please complete our international application form instead.


Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

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    How long will I study?

    3 / 4 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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Course summary

  • 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 to enter the animation industry, or in a wide range of other creative sectors.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.


At every level of the course, you will have the opportunity to engage with live projects set by Animation studios in collaboration with professionals. You can apply to access placements, volunteering opportunities, workshops on professional skills, internships, and work experience engaging with the employability team. Our lecturers are passionate about what they do and are involved in current research and personal practice. This means you may have the opportunity to engage with, and apply, research-based knowledge to real-world projects, making you stand out to employers. Some of the course briefs are designed and delivered in collaboration with industry. We can provide relevant learning opportunities for students to thrive in creative industries.

Throughout the course you will experience a range of teaching methods, from specialist workshops in bespoke studios, 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 animation discipline for your major project piece (including 2D drawn, stop motion or 3D CGI animation).

You learn through:

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

You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through a number of key areas. These include:

  • access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments.
  • industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities.

There are also opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities.

Course leaders and tutors

Melvyn Ternan
Melvyn Ternan
Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer for the Animation course

Applied learning

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV.

  • Live projects: you will work on industry briefs in collaboration with Animation Studios and learn to respond to clients’ feedback.
  • Field trips: we tend to engage yearly with the Manchester Animation Festival providing individual tickets to all students at no additional cost. We also provide other opportunities to engage with other film festivals such as Aesthetica in York as well as the Children’s Media Conference, and Doc Fest.
  • Networking opportunities: we arrange animation seminars and guest lectures by industry experts. Our industry links include Double Negative, Frame Store, MacKinnon and Saunders, Cartoon Saloon, Finger Industries, Flickermill, Grizzle, Jellyfish Animation, and Kerrupt Animation.
  • Competitions: In your third year you will have the opportunity to submit your work for the Nick Park Award, an annual competition exclusive to Sheffield Hallam. You may also have the chance to enter other prestigious competitions, such as the annual Royal Television Society Yorkshire Student Television awards, where our students have won multiple prizes.
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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as a:

  • 2D Animator
  • Stop motion animator
  • 3D CGI animator
  • set designer
  • puppet builder
  • texture artist
  • modeller
  • rigger
  • compositor
  • producer
  • Editor
  • Background artist
  • storyboard artist
  • character designer


Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • A Productions
  • BBC (CBeebies)
  • Blinkink
  • Broadcast Media Services
  • Calex UK
  • Doodledo
  • Double Negative
  • Flix Facilities
  • Fudge Animation Studios
  • Fumb Games
  • Grizzle
  • iHasco
  • Industrial Light and Magic
  • Kerrupt stop-motion animation
  • Squideo
  • Twinkle

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

You will have access to excellent specialised facilities such as our animation studios equipped with industry-standard technology:


  • Stop motion studio with green screens, Dragon Frame, stages, and lighting.
  • 2D animation studio with cintiq tablets, Toon Boom Harmony, Adobe CC Suite.
  • Industry-standard software such as Autodesk Maya, 3D Studio Max and VRay Render engine, among others.
  • Bookable equipment for photographic cameras, audio recording equipment.


We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

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Entry requirements

All students

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

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.

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


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

2D Animation Foundation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Animation Analysis
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Cgi Animation Foundation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Creative Challenges
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Drawing For Animation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Stop Motion Animation Foundation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Level 5 Live Industry Project
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Showreel Project
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Visual Storytelling
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Optional modules

Placement Year
Credits -
Final year

Compulsory modules

Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Major Animation Project
Credits 80
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Life Drawing
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Professional Design Project
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Sound Design And Sonic Arts Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Visual Effects Project
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. 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 2024/25 is £16,655 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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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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We guarantee to find you an affordable place to live that’s close to campus and comes with all bills included

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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