Animation & Visual Effects BA(Hons)

Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

The BA(Hons) Animation & VFX course at Falmouth will prepare you for an exciting career in a rapidly growing industry. We place an emphasis on working collaboratively where you'll gain important team experience in animation production processes and work in a true-to-life simulated studio environment. We also recognise the importance of you developing your own portfolio and showreel to give you the perfect start in your chosen field of expertise. 

Whether you want to produce 3D or 2D digital, traditional 2D or stop motion, our dedicated studios are fully supported by tutors and technicians with extensive industry experience. We’ll work closely with you to nurture your animation and VFX skills using industry-standard software and pipelines, enabling you to explore a wide range of media and help you to develop complementary skills in the areas of design, drawing, movement, character and storytelling.


  • Opportunity for industry mentoring
  • Live briefs with professional clients
  • Guest lectures from industry experts
  • Professional studio facilities and software
  • Animation festival trips

How the course is taught

We want to produce graduates who are highly skilled and creative professionals. We'll identify and nurture your strengths through seminars, workshops and tutorials. Group work features heavily, to reflect how the industry operates. Assignments will often involve live briefs working with real clients.

Course outline

The course will introduce you to all forms of animation, enabling you to try 2D & 3D CG, traditional 2D, stop-motion and experimental animation. Projects range from short assignments to comprehensive live briefs, working with our industry partners and expert staff for guidance throughout.

During your 2nd year you’ll have the opportunity to specialise and refine your skills in Animation or Visual Effects. It’s a decision we prepare you for and support en-route, as you explore the field in greater depth. 

Your degree culminates in a final year major piece of animation, which you’ll both pitch and produce to an industry panel, a dissertation, showreel and portfolio. It’s a winning formula that equips you for the challenges of a hugely exciting industry.

What you'll do

Year 1

Combining individual assignments and group projects, your 1st year is designed to provide you with the skills base and knowledge to creat your first animations. You’ll have the chance to try 2D & 3D CG, traditional 2D, stop-motion and experimental animation through a series of workshops, lectures and seminars. This practical work is supported by lectures in animation, drawing, design, storyboarding, and animation history and theory. Projects will be a mixture of short assignments and comprehensive live briefs, working with professionals from outside of the University. 

  • Animation practice
  • Design, Storyboarding & Motion Studies
  • History & Theory of Animation
  • Study Trip - Optional study trip to an animation festival

Year 2

Your 2nd year allows you to pick a pathway in either Animation or Visual Effects. During this year you’ll develop your individual Animation or VFX practice, galvanising your interests and skills. Part of your 2nd year entails becoming an essential member of the Production Team for one of the 3rd year projects as well as giving you greater insight into teamwork and collaboration. 

Your 2nd year also allows you the opportunity to study at one of Falmouth’s international partners through Study Abroad.

As a complete creative University you’ll have opportunities to collaborate with students from other courses such as Film, Television, Acting and Illustration, often of benefit to your project work.

  • Animation Practice
  • Animation Technologies
  • Electives - In either pre or post-production Animation & Visual Effects
  • Research & Method
  • Study Abroad

Year 3

Your final year allows you to pitch and produce a major piece of animation. With support from tutors and visiting professionals you’ll develop an idea from initial concepts into a full animation production. Recent 3rd year students have enjoyed insight from companies such as Aardman Animation, Passion Pictures, TT Games, Spider Eye and Character Shop.

Your film productions will be additionally supported by an industry mentor. These mentors are based at some of the UK’s leading production companies and offer crucial developmental advice in your final year.

To support your practice you’ll also write a dissertation about a subject of your choice. Throughout the year you’ll benefit from close tutor support ensuring that you graduate with a strong showreel and portfolio, preparing you and helping you take the first steps in your professional career.

  • Final Major Project
  • Professional Practice
  • Dissertation


Our purpose-built school features:

  • Industry standard 3D and 2D animation software and hardware
  • 5 fully equipped animation studios supporting stop motion (Dragonframe), 2D (Toonboom, TVPaint and CelAction) and CG (Maya, Nuke, Mudbox, DaVinci and Vray)
  • Specialist animation post-production facilities
  • Equipment store with Cintiqs, cameras, lighting and digital sound recording equipment
  • Specialist stop motion studio with green screen facilities and stop motion testing bays
  • Specialist TV studio with gallery
  • Specialist grading suites featuring 4K preview screen
  • 3 fully equipped post-production audio suites with a dubbing theatre and Foley traps
  • 129 seat cinema with M Series HD projection and 7.2 surround sound
  • 8,600 title DVD, BluRay & TV library + online streaming


You will be taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors and supported by a team of specialist technicians. Our team offers industry insight covering short and feature films, TV series, commercials, title sequences and games. Our current staff are authors on the subject, international conference speakers and boast a wealth of international festival accolades , such as BAFTA awards.


  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
  • Assignments include practical work, presentations, reports and a dissertation


  • To begin an exciting career in the animation, film & broadcast, visual effects and games industries as an animator, effects artist, storyboard artist, character designer, layout artist, director or producer amongst many other opportunities within the creative industries.
  • You can also take your career into research, teaching or postgraduate study.

Student Mentor Scheme

Falmouth's Student Mentor Scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Animation & Visual Effects group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to:

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form