Leto Meade & Agata Leniartek, BA (Hons) Animation

Animation BA (Hons) 4 Years

Animation Four Years BA (Hons)

Course overview

If your dream is to become an animator, but you don't yet have the full portfolio to apply for our three-year course, then our BA (Hons) Animation four-year degree is ideal for you.

Established in 1972 by Academy Award winner Bob Godfrey, ours is one of the best-known and highly-regarded animation courses in the world, with graduates going on to create such icons as Hey Duggee, Peppa Pig and Compare the Market’s Meerkats.

On the four-year version of this course, year zero will give you the chance to develop your drawing skills, learn the essentials of generating content and ideas, and work on a themed project.

Whatever your preferred medium – whether you want to make animated films using CGI, traditional drawing, oil on glass, sand animation or pixelation – you will be encouraged to follow your passions and aim high for your future career.

Along the way, we’ll support you with our extensive knowledge, facilities, experience and industry contacts, providing everything you’ll need to become an innovative storyteller and artist.


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Length of study 4 years (Year 0 + 3 year degree) full-time
Campus Farnham
Entry requirements 64 UCAS tariff points
Course entry options Sept 2021
UCAS institution code C93
UCAS code W617

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Course details

Course details

Year zero is a preparatory year which provides you with a focused introduction to your chosen area of study and upon successful completion. It will secure your place on the three-year degree without further application or interview.

Drawing and Mark Making
You will be introduced to and learn the fundamental drawing and mark making skills required to develop your own illustration and animation style. You’ll learn to understand the importance of drawing in your work, and how you can interpret the world around you with your sketches.

Ideas, Research and Processes 1: Generating Content
Through a variety of idea development strategies, active research and engagement and experimentation with practical processes, you’ll learn the essential starting points for developing ideas for both illustration and animation.

Ideas, Research and Processes 2: Developing and Identifying Practice
Continuing from the previous unit, you’ll begin to identify, select and use visual and narrative practices to develop and create the content or subject matter of your work.

Themed Project
The summation of your learning on the course so far, you'll be asked to produce a body of work in response to a given theme or brief. The work you produce should draw upon all of the creative, technical and theoretical knowledge you have gained.

Drawing for Animation
Develop the essential drawing skills necessary for communicating ideas visually, and in turn develop your observational skills. You’ll attend formal life-drawing sessions and keep sketchbooks, drawing journals and keep a daily drawing blog. This unit is designed to complement the Animation Principles unit.

Animation Principles
Through individual animation exercises and a group project, you will learn the importance of effective character design, staging and storyboarding when producing animation. This will teach you the fundamental principles and technique of animation and how to use them effectively in your own films.

Digital Skills
Fundamental principles of digital practices and workflows – in both 2D and 3D computer animation - are explored in this unit, from the designing and creation of digital assets suitable for animation, through to refining key framed movement.

Animation: Context and Interpretation
You will be introduced to key concepts and critical debates in media, visual and cultural theory central to reading and thinking about moving image in general and animation in particular.

Short Film
You'll produce a professionally finished film with the aim of having it screened at a competitive international animation festival before the end of your second year.

Research and Concept
Following the Short Film unit, you’ll get feedback on your work. This feedback, together with tutorials, will identify your strengths, areas of improvement and interests to take forward into an individual course of study. Your research may include expanding your existing technical skills or experimenting with new techniques and to this end, you will examine a wide range of approaches to animation production.

Advanced Digital Techniques
Through a series of seminars and workshops, you’ll look beyond the tools of computer software and explore their creative use within the context of your own animated sequences. You’ll go on to work in small production teams, where roles and responsibilities reflect that of industry practice. Each team will produce an animated piece using a combination of 2D and 3D software.

Animated Cultures
Exploring the diverse cultures of animation through key debates and the work of key practitioners, you will explore technological, social and aesthetic innovations in relevant critical contexts. You will also consider animation’s wider contexts in moving image, media culture and the visual arts.

Study Abroad (optional)
This optional unit will allow you to spend a period of time in an overseas educational institution.

Proposal and Pitch
You'll take your first steps towards making your final animated film – proposing, developing and refining your ideas.

Final Film
This major piece of work will be the climax of your learning journey, drawing on all the creative, technical and theoretical knowledge you’ve developed. You’ll have the opportunity to screen your film at the Graduation Show and you’ll be encouraged to submit to competitions and festivals internationally.

Your dissertation involves a substantial period of sustained, individually negotiated research on a subject related to the contextual and/or theoretical concerns of your discipline or chosen area of practice, towards the provision of structured written argument.

This unit aims to equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to present yourself to potential employers in the best possible way. By evaluating your coursework so far and identifying your individual strengths, the unit aims to focus your ambition towards your chosen career path.

This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

Tuition fees
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

  • UK students - £9,250 
  • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
  • International students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

The course fees for 2022 entry will be available here shortly.

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry. The details for 2022 entry will be available here in due course.

Further information
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.


Animation facilities include stop motion studio with Dragonframe capture software, Canon DSLRs and professional camera stands, and stages pre-rigged with grips, stands and lights. Studios feature individual workstations, light boxes, Wacom tablets, line testers and batch scanners. Macs have the full Adobe Creative Suite as well as Toon Boom and Maya CG software, while there’s also sound and editing suites on campus.


Animation studio, UCA Farnham


Animation studio, UCA Farnham


Animation studio, UCA Farnham


Sound and editing suite, UCA Farnham

Course connections

Course connections

As a long-established degree course, we’ve built an extensive network of industry connections, giving us access to high-profile visiting lecturers, and to commissions, competitions and exciting work-placement opportunities. Our industry links include:

  • Aardman Animation
  • Studio AKA
  • Cinesite
  • The Mill
  • Create and Make
  • Agile Films
  • Blackdog Films Limited
  • HSI Film
  • Blink Productions
  • The Film Club
  • National Film and TV School
  • Passion Pictures (one of the leading studios in Europe)
  • Nexus
  • Moth Collective
  • UsTwo
  • Beakus
  • Fudge Animation
  • Animade.


Animation is one of the most significant and rapidly expanding media fields. An enormous range of career opportunities exist in animation, from the traditional techniques of animation storytelling to drawn, model and CGI animation. Typical careers in the industry include:

  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Animators (in commercials, films, broadcast, online media and games)
  • Editors
  • Character designers
  • Production designers
  • Pre-vis artists
  • Compositors
  • Storyboard artists
  • Post-production.

As one of the pre-eminent animation courses in the world, our sought after alumni have landed many exciting, high profile roles across the industry. These include positions as:

  • Animators
  • CG animators
  • CG riggers
  • Designers
  • Directors
  • Model makers
  • Producers
  • Storyboard artists.

Many well-known studios have been set up by our alumni including:

  • Animade
  • Astley Baker Davies (makers of Peppa Pig)
  • Film Fabrik
  • Honeycomb Animation (makers of Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids)
  • Mackinnon & Saunders
  • Moth Collective
  • Slurpy Studios
  • Tandem Pictures.

This gives our course very solid links to a vibrant industry, and we enjoy connections with a range of creative talent, studios and potential employers.

You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.

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Visit our 2021 grad show site to see the incredible work created by our graduating students

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Sinéad Stoddart
Sinéad Stoddart

"In first year, I was petrified to pitch my ideas – by third year, I couldn’t wait to do it. I’m so proud of my achievements that have come from my animation projects."

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 64 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 24 points from the International Baccalaureate, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

This course doesn’t require a portfolio. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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UK applications

International & EU applications

Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa.
If you have another category of visa please contact us: to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892838 or

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2021 entry - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

For more information visit our how to apply pages

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