BA Animation overview
There has been significant growth in the use of animated content for films, television, commercials, websites and digital games in recent years. The BA (Hons) Animation degree course at NUA provides a professionally focused degree which will enable you to take advantage of the wealth of opportunities available to qualified animators.
Working in the specialist workshops within the Media Lab you will develop expertise in all aspects of traditional and digital 2D and 3D animation, sound design and editing.
The curriculum provides a logical progression from the fundamental concepts of drawn animation to an understanding of digital software and the application of complex processes, supported by appreciation of the languages of moving image and sound.
Collaboration with industry is a key feature of the course. Alongside your course tutors, a series of visiting professional guests will deliver lectures and practical workshops. The course draws on the expertise of many leading animators.
Recent guests (and NUA graduates) have included: Keith Chapman (creator of Bob the Builder), Helen Schroeder (Associate Animator with Aardman) and Nicolette Van Gendt (Lead Animator for the 'Felix' cat food adverts). In addition animators from Babycow Animation, Tandem Films and Channel 4 have all worked with our students in the last year.
The course also develops your industry awareness and employability by regularly taking on live projects for outside clients. For the past eight years NUA Animation students have worked with the BBC to create a series of short animated films to a set brief.
The overarching aim of the course is to develop your skills in the production of animation to professional standards. You will be encouraged to experiment within your specialist area and to develop a sound understanding of the sector. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to consider your career aspirations and the steps you need to take to achieve a rewarding career in the expanding animation industry. Business and professional skills are key and all students are required to maintain and develop their own showreel and an online presence increasingly considering the focus of their skills throughout all three years of the course.
"NUA use industry connections
to bring professionals
in for lecturing and reviews. As well as being inspiring it's important to see how industry works."
Assistant Director, Blue-Zoo Production