Animation BA (Hons)

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UCAS code: WFWP 112 UCAS points
  • BA (Hons) Animation, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BA (Hons) Animation, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time, 6 years
    • pro-rata full time fee
  • BA (Hons) Animation, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 14820 per year

Degree with foundation year

UCAS code: 1V88 64 UCAS points
  • BA (Hons) Animation, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 4 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BA (Hons) Animation, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 4 years
    • Pound 14820 per year

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What makes this course different

  • Specialist practitioners

    Studying animation at UEL you are working with specialist practitioners, with years of international animation experience, working in industry, making films and winning awards.

  • Small class sizes

    Small class sizes mean you can develop your own original creative voice, properly supported by technicians and lecturers.

  • East London

    Studying in East London places you in the UK's most diverse, highly dynamic community of artists and designers.

Course modules

You can also take this course with a foundation year (FY), which means it will take you four years to complete the course full-time, and eight years to complete the course part-time.

You'll develop your skills, starting with core animation techniques, and building into your unique way of working. You will learn how to tell your own stories through animation. You'll design characters and environments, structure, and produce animated stories that will captivate, inspire, educate and entertain.

This course will help you develop an individual creative approach which is embedded in professional practice. We introduce you to a broad range of hand-crafted, traditional, and digital media that will help you make an informed decision on the animation techniques and methods you choose for your work.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the social, cultural, and professional contexts of the field of animation. This will happen through practical work, studio visits and talks by industry professionals, You'll learn to put these skills together in an original way that will make you a unique voice in your chosen field.

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

This is an exciting industry and there are several career pathways that you can choose from once you graduate.  Industry and practical experience give you a good understanding while allowing you to develop your unique voice in the field.  Gain a wide range of experience and be equipped to enter the animation (or related) industries as a confident, skilled professional. 

Industry links

We have an extensive network within the animation industry. Guest speakers include Aardman Animation, Animation UK, Lupus Films and Blink Ink. Every year students visit a range of studios such as Passion Pictures, Nexus, Lupus Films, Studio AKA and Karrot Animation. We stay in touch with animation studios to make sure that the course is always in line with industry trends.

Graduate employers

We prepare our graduates to enter the 2D animation industry as technically competent, professional animators. Our graduates have gone onto work in various big animation studios including Blink Ink and Passion Pictures, as well as smaller studios. Some of our graduates have set up their own studios and collectives.

Job roles

Typical roles which our graduates have gone on to include: 2D animators, animation directors, storyboard artists, concept artists, editors, character designers, set designers, illustrators, asset designers and scriptwriters.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Further study

You could go on to further study and do an MA in Filmmaking, or Creative Enterprise, which will help you learn how to work as a freelancer or entrepreneur.

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

This digital platform provides you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work 
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you've mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top:

  • Work-based projects
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations
  • Support in starting a new business
  • London on our doorstep

How you'll learn

Each module is designed with practical components and a reflective component, with the intention that students develop an ability to reflect on the processes that they have followed in the development of their work.

You will be taught by staff who are practitioners in the area they teach. Our staff are also well placed to take advantage of a range of professional networks and industry contacts. This ensures that practice-led teaching is relevant to industry and practice.

    Guided independent study

    When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve skills development through online study, working on individual and group projects and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, and access to software, specialist facilities, such as edit suites, the library, the full Microsoft Office software, including MS Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.

    Academic support

    Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas – including learning and disability support.

    Dedicated personal tutor

    When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of the academic course team who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.


    Each year you will spend around 280 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

    The approximate workload hours for this course per year are:

    • Scheduled teaching - 284 hours
    • Guided independent study - 916 hours

    Your timetable

    Your individualised timetable is normally available within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, usually 11-1.30pm or 2-4.30pm for three days a week, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. 

    For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

    Class sizes

    To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 10–30 students a year. We have workstations for each student in a class, so you can always be learning 'hands-on'.

    In the classroom, you will be taught in groups of 10-20 students. However, this can vary by academic year.

How you'll be assessed

Coursework will focus on practical outcomes from projects and exercises, e.g. films, clips, pre-production artefacts, occasional individual or group-based presentations and research-based assignments. We do not have timed practicals or exams. 

The approximate percentages for this course are 100% course work. 

Coursework will focus on practical outcomes from projects and exercises, e.g. films, clips, pre-production artefacts, occasional individual or group-based presentations and research-based assignments.

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by School of Arts and Creative Industries

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.


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Statistics for BA (Hons) Animation Degree, Full Time

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What our students and staff say

Pooja Pottenkulam
As staff, we make sure that we maintain an animation practice. The animation course is really a community of animators that has grown over the last six years. We welcome young animators and help them become part of a larger network of professionals."

Pooja Pottenkulam

BA (Hons) Animation Course Leader