University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

BA (Hons) Animation is a practice-led course, enabling you to choose one of four specialist pathways that reflect industry specialisms. You’ll start by learning the fundamental skills and principles of animation in an intensive and collaborative setting where you’ll develop knowledge and understanding of the whole production process. After your first year, you’ll choose one of four pathways to develop your area of expertise:

• BA (Hons) Animation: 3D Computer Animation

• BA (Hons) Animation: Animation Arts

• BA (Hons) Animation: Game Arts

• BA (Hons) Animation: Visual Effects (VFX)

The collaborative nature of the pathways ensures that you will graduate with the technical, creative and critical skills to work both in a specialist role within your field, as well as in a multidisciplinary context within the creative industries. You will benefit from access to a broad range of specialist creative industries and a network of professionals and key industry partners.

This course is taught at London College of Communication, at Elephant & Castle, part of University of the Arts London (UAL).

**What can you expect?**

The course looks at animation production in a broad context, providing an intensive and team-based experience, in which you’ll develop expertise in the whole production process. You’ll learn how to deal with the challenges of a professional animator – the importance of flexibility and the value of entrepreneurial skills.

You’ll be taught drawing as a key skill that informs all aspects of your subject knowledge and technical expertise.

The course places a strong emphasis on developing your communication and presentation skills, giving you the confidence to articulate your ideas to colleagues and clients in a professional context.

Industry-led and mentored live projects and competitions are delivered in collaboration with external industry partners. You’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills in a professional context and to build a strong portfolio of work. Previous industry partners have included Channel 4, MTV, National Trust, All Saints Records, Marmite, The Royal Society, Horniman Museum, Tate, Paperchase, Hostelworld, Protein Dance, Nutkhut, V&A Museum of Childhood, Westfield and The Rivers Trust.

London is now a recognised hub of media employment. BA (Hons) Animation at London College of Communication - as one of few courses of its kind in Greater London - uses its location as a key asset. You’ll benefit from access to the specialist creative industries, other Colleges within the University, as well as a network of professionals and key industry partners.

**About London College of Communication**

The communications sector is evolving fast. Through our world-leading community of teaching, research and industry partnerships, we enable our students to develop the critical, creative and technical excellence needed to succeed and to discover new possibilities and practices.

Our Design, Media and Screen Schools produce experts and award-winners across virtual reality, journalism, photography, television and sound, graphic communication, games, design management – and more.

The London College of Communication experience is all about learning by doing. Our students get their hands dirty and develop their skills through the exploration of our facilities and technical spaces.

Students work on live briefs and commissions, with everything from independent start-ups and charities in Southwark, through to major global companies. Student designers, makers and innovators have worked with Nike, Penguin, the EU Commission, Colgate, Plan International, the National Trust, Nokia and Royal Mail, to name a few.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees