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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

All study options

About Animation at Nottingham Trent University

This cutting-edge course will give you the chance to learn about animation and explore it in a way that reflects current art and industry practice. You'll have the opportunity to study a broad range of disciplines, including drawing, writing, 2D and 3D animation, character design, storyboarding, scoring, and directing.

By the end of the course you will have developed a thesis short animation and a professional showreel, tailored to your own career aspirations, and be ready to launch your creative career as an animator.

Key features

  • Explore the whole subject area of animation – from drawing and writing to storyboarding and direction.
  • Take part in live projects and competitions, giving you exposure to the industry.
  • Have access to industry-standard equipment and software such as Cintiq 27" HD touch drawing screens, Autodesk's Maya, TVPaint, and Dragonframe.
  • Learn from course staff with industry experience and expertise in areas such as scriptwriting and sequential drawing.
  • Complete short periods of work experience, to help you gain professional experience and skills.
  • Apply to go on an overseas exchange to a partner university in Europe through the Erasmus programme.
  • Exhibit your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham in your final year.
  • Be selected to showcase your work at international film festivals, such as the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
Student work Work by our BA (Hons) Animation students

How you're taught

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures and briefings
  • studio workshops
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • peer and self-evaluations
  • verbal and visual presentations
  • teamwork
  • live projects and competitions
  • study trips
  • personal development planning.


Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade. You will receive feedback throughout.

Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • 2D visual research
  • sketchbooks and design development work
  • 3D development work and final animation
  • portfolio work
  • reports and evaluations
  • essays
  • dissertation or alternative projects
  • visual and verbal presentations.

Exchange opportunities

The University is part of the Erasmus+ exchange programme and has agreements with a number of partner institutions throughout Europe.

If you're thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus+ is a great way of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, learning a new language, and gaining a study experience that will enhance your CV. Exchanges usually take place during Year Two of your studies.

Degree Show

You will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).
  • Year 3 coursework (100%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%), independent study (79%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (78%).

Careers and employability

The School of Art & Design has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 96% of our undergraduate students in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015/16).

Employability is a key focus of this course, with modules including initiatives – such as live projects and the opportunity to exhibit your work – that will help enhance your future career.

This course will prepare you to work in the digital media field, in areas such as feature films, television, heritage interpretation, advertising, and games production.

You will also develop transferable skills for alternative careers in teaching, retailing, media, and freelance design.

YouFirst – working with our Employability team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the Internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and for up to three years after completing your course.

Work placement and internship opportunities

You will be actively encouraged and supported to undertake informal work experience and professional practice in addition to your studies.

You will normally complete these placements during holiday times, but you will have the option of taking up to two weeks out of term time, which you can negotiate with your tutor.

Our teaching staff, including part-time lecturers who are professionally active, help and support students in directing them towards work placement and professional practice opportunities.


Our Animation facilities are based in the Waverley building, a dedicated Art and Design building. Facilities and equipment include:

  • High-end 3D work stations with Xeon processors and Quadro Graphics Cards
  • Wacom Cintiq 27" touch drawing screens
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Autodesk Entertainment Creation suite software, including Maya, 3ds Max, and Mudbox
  • TVPaint software
  • Dragonframe stop-motion software and hardware
  • green screen and motion capture facilities
  • professional audio booths fully equipped for sound recording, foley, and composing
  • digital SLR cameras with a range of EF and EF-S lenses
  • 3D printing and laser cutting facilities.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

Other requirements

The UCAS Tariff

In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don't worry. We've created this calculator to help you work it out.

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can prepare for this course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus, and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

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