University of East London

Course Introduction

On our much-admired Animation and Illustration course we’ll give you both the guidance and the independence you need to express your artistic vision with confidence and quality. We combine the best of digital with the best of handmade animation, ensuring that you’ll leave the course with an excellent portfolio that demonstrates the widest range of skills. Your portfolio will feature your own animated short film, your responses to commercial briefs, character and concept designs, storyboards and illustration work.

Each year, you’ll learn skills that build on your previous learning, with a course structure that encourages your artistic independence while covering the broadest range of animation techniques. You’ll develop a visual language through illustration workshops and apply this to your animation work, finding your own balance between the two complementary disciplines. Everything will be geared for you to produce the quality and originality of work to mark you out in a crowded and vibrant industry.

If you would benefit from an extra year of study or if you don’t have the entry requirements for the BA course, you can study this course as an ‘extended’, four-year programme. In your first year, you’ll take a foundation year that prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree.

Course Modules


Art & Design Studio (core)

Art & Design Workshop (core)

Contextual Studies (core)

Year 1:

Animation and Illustration Studio Practice 1 (core)

Animation and Illustration Workshop Practice (core)

Contextual studies 1: Visual Culture (core)

Year 2:

Animation and Illustration Studio Practice 2 (core)

Professional Practice 1 (core)

Contextual studies 2: Approaches to Visual Culture

Year 3:

Animation and Illustration Studio Practice 3 (core)

Professional Practice 2 (core)

Contextual studies 3: Themes in Contemporary Theory and Practice (option)

Art & Design Dissertation (option)

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £12,100 Overseas Fees