Animation & Visual Effects BA(Hons)

Animation VFX Main Image Sept 2018
Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350

Launch your career in a rapidly growing sector. You'll learn and develop animation skills using industry-standard software, working creatively across a range of subjects, from traditional art practices to the complex work of visual effects. Supported by academic and industry experts from all forms of animation and visual effects, you'll experience a professional studio environment.

Discover all forms of animation, trying your hand at 2D and 3D computer, stop motion and experimental work. You'll work in groups on projects that range from short assignments and live briefs through to films for festivals and competitions. You can also work on our in-house micro-budget feature film programme. We're incredibly well connected; our Honorary Fellows are Peter Lord and David Sproxton, founders of Aardman Animations.

Visiting professionals have included Oscar and BAFTA nominated director Barry Purves (King Kong), Matthew Tinsley (VFX: Quantum of Solace, Spectre, Skyfall), Chris Vogler (The Lion King), writer and animation historian Paul Wells and title sequence designer Lola Landekic, The Mill, Alchemy VR and Atlantic Productions. Productions featuring Falmouth graduates include Dalmation Street (Disney/Passion Pictures), Captain America: Civil War, Spectre, Star Trek Beyond, Assassin's Creed, F1 2016, The Jungle Book and The Legend of Tarzan.


  • Final year industry mentor scheme
  • Live briefs with industry clients
  • Professional standard studio facilities and resources
  • World class visiting lecture series with guest speakers from the global industry
  • Located with a vibrant international Film School

Fees, Costs and Funding

Tuition fees 2018-19

£9,250 - full-time UK/EU

£15,000 - full-time international

Typical course costs

£70 - Recurring annual costs

£530 - One off costs in Year One

£450 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration

Additionally, if you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs


For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page

How to Apply

Apply via UCAS using University code F33, and course code WG64 for your application.

For detailed information on the application process and entry requirements, use our application guidance.

Successful applicants will then be invited to attend an interview. For details on what to expect and how to prepare, read our course interview information.


All UK/EU applications must be made through UCAS by 15 January. Late applications will be considered if there are places available on the course.

International fee payers may apply after the deadline but are encouraged to apply as early as possible, to have plenty of time to make visa and travel arrangements.

Interview and Portfolio Guidance

This course requires all eligible applicants to attend an interview and show a current portfolio of work. Applicants who are based outside of the UK may request an online interview. Take a look at our portfolio advice

Once you’ve applied, we’ll email you with a personal login for the Falmouth Applicant Portal where you'll see more information about these requirements.

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator
Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page
English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.
If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page
Our Applicant Services team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.
+44 (0)1326 213730
Online enquiry form

How the course is taught

This practice-based course is underpinned by theory, creative and technical tuition. We offer a truly multidisciplinary syllabus designed to meet the demands of today's animation and visual effects industries.

You'll start as an individual but quickly migrate to working in creative teams, which reflects how the industry operates. You'll develop your own direction and specialism with the option of an animation or visual effects pathway in Level 5. Throughout, you'll be taught in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials by staff with a wide range of industry experience.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
223%77% 0%
320%80% 0%

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     
10%0% 100%
20%64% 36%

Course outline

The course will introduce you to all forms of animation, enabling you to try 2D, CG, stop-motion and experimental animation. During your second year you'll have the opportunity to specialise and refine your skills in Animation or Visual Effects. It's a decision we'll support and prepare you for as you explore the field in greater depth. You'll also have the option to study abroad. Your degree culminates in a final year team based practice project, where you'll work with an industry mentor. You'll also undertake a research project, show-reel and portfolio. On completion of the course you'll have a varied portfolio of creative work and will have developed a keen sense of enterprise. These will equip you well to identify, create and respond to the many opportunities that exist throughout the animation industry.

What you'll do

Year one

The first year will provide you with the foundational skills and knowledge of animation and visual effects production. Working as an individual and in teams you'll be immersed in developing your core animation skills in 2D, CG and stop motion, storytelling, film language and sound. Workshops in life drawing, sound development, acting and performance, and production management will give you a thorough grounding in the subject.

  • The Forge
  •  The Foundry
  • The Mainframe 1
  • The Mainframe 2
  • Animation Perspectives

Year two

Your second year gives you the opportunity to specialise as an animator or a visual effects artist. Through the process of making films intended for public consumption animation teams will be encouraged to achieve with festival successes. Visual effects teams will work collaboratively with animators or live action peers to produce high quality and creative work. Your CG skills will be further developed and aligned to your own area of specialism. You'll also have the option to study abroad with one of our international partners.

  • Short Film 1 (option)
  • Short Film 2 (option)
  • VFX Widescreen (option)
  • VFX Resolution (option)
  • Reboot 1
  • Reboot 2
  • Research & Proposals
  • Study Abroad option

Year three

In your final year you'll complete a major team based practice project in either animation or visual effects which runs across the whole year. Working with an industry mentor your project will be a fully collaborative undertaking as you connect with specialists within other departments of the University including peers in Film, Television, Music and Acting. In support of this project you will be expected to undertake an extended research project as well as refining your portfolio, show-reel and web presence ahead of your transition into the industry.

  • Animation Pre-Production (option) 
  • Animation Production (option)
  • VFX Pre-Production (option)
  • VFX Production (option)
  • Extended Research
  • Professional Outlook.


The multi-million-pound, industry standard School of Film & Television offers professional facilities including:

  • Four animation studios
  • Stop Motion studio
  • Stop Motion testing booths
  • Craft area
  • Life Drawing studio
  • Motion capture/immersive studio
  • ADR & Voice Over studio
  • Ten Mac Pro edit suites
  • Two 29-seat post production hubs
  • DaVinci Resolve grading suite
  • AVID S6 dubbing theatre and foley/ADR suite.
  • Three post-production audio suites
  • Cinema with Christie M-Series HD projection and 7.2 surround sound

Take a virtual tour of our facilities


  • 3D Animator: Aardman Animation, Double Negative
  • 2D Animator: DHX Media
  • Character Designer: Spider Eye, Hello Games
  • VFX co-ordinator: Ubisoft, Framestore, Cinesite
  • 3D Modeller: TT Fusion
  • Production Assistants: MPC Vancouver, Illion studios, Arthur Cox, Boulder Media


Our staff are award winning experts with multiple awards to their name. From working in 2D, 3D and stop motion through to visual effects directing, production, design, layout and animation the team have extensive experience in all aspects the industry. We pride ourselves on our connectivity to industry which reach beyond the UK to some the best animation and VFX studios around the world. This connectivity provides essential networking opportunities for our students and graduates and helps inform and shape our curriculum.


  • Peer group assessment in your first year
  • Continuous assessment
  • Assignments include practical work, presentations, essays, written or verbal reports and a major research project

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 mentors can be reached on the BA(Hons) Animation & Visual Effects Facebook group.

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for LGBTQ studentsdisabled studentsmature studentsinternational students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to