- UCAS Code
- Penryn Campus
- 3 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 213730
Do you long for a career in video games, film, television or visual effects animation? Falmouth's respected BA(Hons) Animation & Visual Effects will give you a great headstart in getting your dream job. Combining cutting-edge animation practice with the study of animation theory, film language, drawing and traditional animation processes – plus industry links and opportunities that are second to none – it'll put you in pole position to forge a successful career in the industry. Our integrated, interdisciplinary approach to animation and visual effects will arm you with what you need to become a well-informed and skilled practitioner.
Balancing the technical and the creative perfectly, the course is taught by a staff of highly experienced and award-winning professionals. Alongside developing animation and visual effects skills using industry-standard software, you'll be encouraged to work creatively across a range of subjects, from traditional art practices like life drawing and visualisation to performance, acting and motion studies. Working collaboratively, you'll not only gain important team experience in animation production processes, but also work in a true-to-life simulated studio environment, reflecting real industry working practice.
You'll benefit from a schedule of visiting professionals, who’ll bring a diverse range of current industry experience to the course, and have access to valuable professional placement opportunities as well as our final year industry mentor scheme. To give your work further context, you'll also study the history and evolution of animation techniques and the process of producing animated films.
How is the course 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.
- Work in the animation, interactive, film, visual effects and games industries as an animator, effects artist, designer, or illustrator
- Work in freelance commercial animation practice, design practice and advertising
- Portfolio career including research, teaching or postgraduate study
- Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
- Visual, verbal and written assignments
- Dissertation in your final year
Experience you'll get
- Final year industry mentor scheme
- Live briefs with industry clients
- Using industry-standard software
- Visiting industry practitioners
- Subsidised animation festival trips
By choosing to study for a degree in Animation & Visual Effects at Falmouth you will:
- Be taught by a staff of highly experienced and award-winning professionals in both technical and creative disciplines.
- Develop creative and technical skills to help you become a highly skilled practitioner, who can excel in a professional collaborative studio environment.
- Be based at the stunning Tremough Campus, which boasts cutting-edge animation studios with the very best industry-standard facilities.
- Have the opportunity to work collaboratively, helping you to gain important team experience in animation production processes and work, in a true-to-life simulated studio environment, preparing you for a career in the industry.
- Benefit from a schedule of visiting industry practitioners who'll bring a diverse range of current industry experience to the course.
- Have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement that will enable you to practise your craft and contextualise your studies.
Interview and selection process
We invite all applicants to interview.
The interview session will include a talk given by the course team, a question and answer session with staff and current students and a tour of the Media Centre and the animation studios.
Please bring some examples of your creative work. These could include artwork, photography, film, music or writing. You should include some life drawing and any sketchbooks and journals which show the development of your ideas. Animation work is encouraged but not compulsory.
Your individual interview will last around 15 minutes. You will be given the opportunity to talk about the work you have brought with you. You'll be asked about your interest in digital animation, including examples of animation you admire as well as your knowledge of the industry and your career goals.
We're looking for creative thinkers with a passion for animation, a strong work ethic and good communication skills.
Interviews are currently taking place.
Location: Penryn Campus
What you'll do
In your first year, we'll introduce you to the broad scope of animation practice; from design, scriptwriting and motion studies to the history and theory of animation. You'll also have the opportunity to go to the Bradford Animation Festival as part of your studies, giving you a fantastic introduction to the diversity of animation art and practice.
You'll start to deepen your understanding of animation and identify your specific areas of interest. Modules in animation technologies, pre-production, post-production and visual effects will enhance your experience of the production process; while research and method sessions will help you work more independently. You'll also work in teams to respond to live client briefs, reflecting the everyday collaborative practice in the professional world.
Focusing on your main interest, you'll identify and work on both your major project and innovation project, as well as writing your dissertation. All stage 3 students also benefit from a unique industry mentor scheme, giving you an individual insight into the workplace, as well as professional contacts that will be of great value to you after graduation.