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BA Animation overview

There has been an explosion in the use of animation in film, television, websites, advertising and digital games. We provide the skills and industry experience to succeed in this exciting and fast changing sector.

BA (Hons) Animation engages with all aspects of animated content including 2D digital, CGI and stop motion. You will develop the skills to create new characters and build new worlds using industry standard processes and techniques, equipment and software. The curriculum explores character, sound and story design as you work on practice-based projects which analyse movement, experiment with facial features to convey emotion and develop an understanding of comic timing to produce sophisticated animated idents, stings and shorts.

The course is supported by visiting lecturers such as Oscar-winning director Daniel Greaves and Bob the Builder creator Keith Chapman. Industry guests such as the BBC, Latitude Festival, Baby Cow Productions, Nickelodeon and Tandem Films will challenge you to competitively pitch your ideas in response to real world live briefs. In your final year you will produce an original animated short film and graduate with a professional understanding of the industry plus a showreel showcasing your best work and your progression over three creative, fun and challenging years.

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Strong for student satisfaction


Students satisfied overall with the course (National Student Survey 2014)

Best Specialist University for Cinematics


(Complete University Guide 2016)
NUA media courses include: Animation, Film and Moving Image Production, Games Art and Design, Photography and VFX


Student work

Animated answers to the question “What Is Animation?” created by the 2015 graduating cohort from NUA. Inspired by the award winning graduation film “What Is Animation?” (2012) by ex NUA student Alex Searle students created animated answers in a variety of techniques. From comical vignettes to loving homages to tweeted responses from key figures in the industry (Philip Lord and Chris McKay) the film reflects the vast scope of what animation can be.

“The state-of-the-art equipment students use at NUA is unbelievable. I could be walking around a top animation studio.”

Keith Chapman
TV Producer, Creator of Bob the Builder and NUA graduate


Documenting all the success stories to come out of NUA.

Animation students


“The diversity of projects meant we explored lots of different ideas. We used the NUA workshops and software to push our ideas further.”

Stephanie and Fiona Dulieu
Animation graduates


“I would not have had the credentials or the confidence to apply without the experience and invaluable support I gained at NUA.”

Consider your career progression as a NUA graduate and read about the experiences of graduates such as freelance animator Helen Schroeder.

Course content

  • Visiting Lecturers include
  • Melanie Coombs
    Oscar-winning Producer, Melodrama Films
  • Clare Kitson
    Animation Commissioner for Channel 4 (1989–99)
  • Don Boyd
    Hollywood Director, Producer of numerous feature films

Find out about how the course combines practical making and professional skills in Years 1, 2 and 3 and more about the programme of Visiting Lecturers.

Student at stop motion workstation

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Teaching Staff

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