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Digital Animation with Foundation Year BA (Hons)




What will I learn?

On the BA (Hons) Digital Animation course, you will learn how core art fundamentals, the 12 principles of animation, and principles of acting underpin the creation of engaging, story-led character animation, whether you choose a Film/Television or Games/Interactive pathway. The course also establishes industry-standard tool sets, project management and pipeline methodologies that mirror industry production procedures.Depending on the route you choose, you will produce a range of assessed materials including but not exclusive to storyboards, story-reels (performance animatics), animation foundation exercises (required to demonstrate principles within showreels), specialist portfolios (featuring short films made collaboratively) or game animation sets, demonstrated within collaborative game production within the game engines Unity and Unreal.A key focus of this course is developing performance within character animation. You will develop acting techniques that will promote the development of your inner actor to project performance through your characters. You will also develop an understanding and demonstrate visual storytelling, with ‘show don’t tell’ philosophies.Everyone who experiences this course will have the opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary team to create the highest quality work and portfolios that are required to enter specialist positions within animation industry pipelines.**Foundation Year**The foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to develop your academic and interpersonal skills while developing your subject knowledge further to support you to success on your academic path. By studying a foundation year, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.

Which department am I in?

Birmingham School of Media

Study options

Full time including foundation year (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£14,000.00 (US$ 16,851) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2023


Parkside Building Campus

Parkside Building,

Cardigan Street,


B4 7BD, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to Pass the High School Graduation Diploma with a GPA of 2.6 / 75% including a minimum grade C in English Language (and grade C in Maths for Business School / TEE courses that require GCSE Maths) PLUS OLD (Pre March 2016) Pass SATR (Reasoning) with a minimum of 500 in 3 subjects, NEW (Post March 2016) Pass SAT (Reasoning) with a combined score from 2 subjects of 1100 out of 1600 OR Pass ACT (American College Testing Programme) with a composite score of 21 or above PLUS OLD (Pre March 2016) Pass SATS II with a minimum of 500 in 3 subjects, NEW (Post March 2016) Pass SAT (Subject) with a minimum of 500 in 3 subjects OR Pass 3 AP (Advanced Placement Examinations) with grade 3 or above. TEE courses that require A Level Maths will require AP Maths (Calculus). Undergraduate Art and Design courses may require a good portfolio of artwork. All undergraduate courses in CEBE require Mathematics at O Level. However for the Engineering suite and BEng Telecommunication and Networks, Mathematics is required at AS Level minimum Grade C or the equivalent. All Business School undergraduate courses require a minimum of Mathematics Grade C at O Level or an equivalent qualification. Students need to have an IELTS of 6.0 overall (with no band below 5.5).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University is a student-centred, dynamic learning environment, offering courses approved by professional bodies.

  • Students gain adequate hands-on learning and develop skills
  • Refine academic writing skills through workshop and tutorial
  • GBP 340 million investment in facilities
  • University-run part-time student employment scheme

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