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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)

Animation

Full-time Digital media

Learn the creative, conceptual, technical and professional skills necessary to produce high-quality animation across a range of disciplines.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? W615
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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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 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

Tutors and students provide an overview of the course and what it's like to study in Sheffield.


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

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Course leaders and tutors

Melvyn Ternan
Melvyn Ternan
Senior Lecturer in Animation

Senior Lecturer for the Animation course

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third 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 third 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.

Student work

Third year student Edd Benson was this year’s winner of the Nick Park Award for his stop-motion animation Out on a Limb.


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 this course 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

City Campus

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

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

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

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

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

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

• Access - 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, in a media-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate

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.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to submit a portfolio of work to demonstrate your ability. Find out about the selection process and how to produce a strong portfolio.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

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: 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 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: 2D Animation Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: 3D Animation Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Level 5 Integrated Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Stop Motion Animation Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Visual Storytelling Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: App Design And Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Creative Sound Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Documentary Production (Photography, Sound And Moving Image) Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Concept Art Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Screenwriting (Short Form) Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Storyboarding For Film And Animation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Virtual Reality Design Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Animation Pitch Bible Development Credits: 20
Module: Dissertation Credits: 20
Module: Distribution Methods And Practices Credits: 20
Module: Final Animation Project Credits: 40
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Life Drawing Credits: 20
Module: Motion Graphics Credits: 20
Module: Sound Design And Sonic Arts Practice Credits: 20
Module: Visual Effects Project Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 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 students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 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.

Additional costs for Digital media courses (PDF)

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