Illustration & Animation BA (Hons)

UCA Canterbury - 2020, 2021

Length of study:

Three years full-time

Campus:

UCA Canterbury

Start date:

September

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Entry year(s)

2020, 2021

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS code:

WW26

Course overview

Images – both moving and still – provide visual storytelling everywhere we look, from feature films to adverts, children’s books and smartphone apps.

Our BA (Hons) Illustration & Animation course at UCA Canterbury will provide you with the tools and crucially, the flexibility, to become a skilled visual storyteller for a wide range of audiences.

You’ll become a highly adaptable and independent maker with critical thinking at your core, able to explore relationships between research and studio work, and become a member of a lively and active community as we are closely linked to our BA (Hons) Graphic Design course.  

The course itself has a strong focus on social and cultural contexts for practice, and your learning will be supported by state-of-the-art studios and access to specialist tools and processes, including printmaking, bookmaking, letterpress, animation and moving image, 3D work (including ceramics, spatial practices and three-dimensional design), photography, darkroom processes and industry-standard software.

You will also have excellent opportunities to engage with practitioners, our many industry links, competitions, live briefs and extra-curricular projects, furthering your experience and providing you with access to industry knowledge. There are also opportunities to be involved with extra-curricular projects run in continental Europe.

You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad, designed to broaden your educational experience and to deepen your understanding of cultural diversity.

Graduates have gone on to enjoy careers in digital media, film making, set and spatial design and website design, to name a few.

 

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Course details

  • Year 1

    Introduction to Illustration and Animation
    This unit introduces you to different ways of approaching, questioning and solving creative problems. You'll investigate, analyse and document a range of subjects in response to projects set by your tutors. Through these projects, you'll be taught skills related to the collection of information and visual analysis.

    Illustration Fundamentals: Image, Type, Print
    You'll continue to develop your research and idea generation skills – and also your image-making skills – through practical workshops, tutorials and seminars. These include practices such as observational drawing, printmaking, photography, collage, 3D and type.

    Animation Fundamentals: Motion, Narrative, Screen
    You'll be introduced to the basics of storytelling, narrative and sequence for a range of media outputs. You'll learn how to build visual stories, develop pictorial and typographic elements from research, establish themes, characterisations, environments and use of metaphor. You'll also experiment with composition and layout for communication.

    Message, Medium, Meaning
    You'll examine a range of topics through the exploration of examples from historical and contemporary practice and analysis of your studio work. These will include basic concepts in semiotics, the relationship between word and image, the construction of narrative, photographic language, function and expression, culture connotation and myth, subversion and propaganda.

     

  • Year 2

    Social and Cultural Contexts
    This unit encourages you to examine and explore your personal ethics, values and motivation through the production of work for others.

    Developing your Practice
    This project that runs throughout Year two acts as a stepping-stone to the personal, self-negotiated work you will be undertaking in Year three. You will be able to concentrate on a specialist interest that you hold within the field of illustration and/or animation. This interest can arise out of a focus upon a particular medium or process; or it can develop from a design problematic that you are attracted to. Equally a visual language that you enjoy (e.g. drawing, photography etc.) could become the centre of this unit.

    Authorial Narrative
    This unit consolidates and develops further the narrative development and making skills from Year one, and further develops your critical perspective through a written task or similar outcome.

    Spatial Practices
    You will learn how to manipulate spaces to create identities, multi-sensory experiences, and innovative events/exhibitions in a sustainable and environmentally conscious context.

    Study Abroad (optional)
    This optional unit is designed to broaden your educational experience and deepen your understanding of cultural diversity. It will enable you to study within a different cultural context and gain fresh perspectives.

  • Year 3

    Critical Research and Practice
    You’ll plan, develop and construct of a self-directed research and design project. This will take into account your knowledge, understanding, skills, experience and interests you have gained over the duration of the course. Here, the theoretical and practical are entirely intertwined, and you will be encouraged to develop an experimental approach. You'll employ research to inform practice, and practice to inform your research, so that you develop an original and innovative approach to both.

    Major Project
    This unit provides you with a framework within which to research, develop and realise a set, or self-initiated, project. You will be given a choice of set projects, competitions, live briefs or a self-initiated project where you will originate, develop and produce a body of work based on your interests and aspirations and skill, which you’ll be able to exhibit in the graduation show.

  • Study abroad

    This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2020 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £16,250 (standard fee)
    • International students - £15,600 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2020 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Facilities

This course has dedicated studios for workshops, group and independent working. In addition to the campus printmaking studio there is a dedicated print room for graphics and illustration students with letterpress facilities, large format digital printers and finishing equipment. There are also campus digital media suites with software including: Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro and Autodesk Maya.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    We have a full programme of visiting designers and lecturers that give valuable insight into industry and professional practice such as recent guests Bob and Roberta Smith, Le Gun and Why not Associates.

  • Careers

    Our graduates develop rewarding careers in:

    • Books and editorial
    • Digital media
    • Filmmaking
    • Residencies
    • Public Arts
    • Curatorial
    • Postgraduate studies
    • Research
    • Set and spatial design
    • Production and post-production
    • Art direction
    • Web and broadcast design.
  • Further study

    You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.

     

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UK/EU applications

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International applications

If you are applying for more than one course in the UK please apply via UCAS, to apply direct to UCA please use the links below:

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Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa

If you have another category of visa please contact us: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or admissions@uca.ac.uk

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2020 entry - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

For more information visit our how to apply pages

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades - in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

International entry requirements

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

Your portfolio

For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you apply.

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