About the course

This course focuses on animation, storytelling and character creation, encouraging groundbreaking and innovative visuals in traditional animation, 2D gaming, concept art and many other possible traditional and digital mediums. You’ll develop essential skills in character design, production design and animation, and explore context to your studies. Using the latest technology in our award-winning Film, Music and Media Building, you’ll hone your individual style. Eventually you’ll produce an eye-catching showreel and body of work to wow potential employers or set yourself up as the next Miyazaki. This course is accredited by Creative Skillset – run by animation professionals – reflecting the highest standard of teaching.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) 2D Animation and Character for Digital Media with Optional Sandwich Placement/ Study Abroad
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Digital Animation

2D Animation Gallery



Why choose this course?

  • This 2D Animation and Character for Digital Media degree develops a story telling and character creation approach encouraging groundbreaking and innovative visuals.
  • Creative Skillset accredited.
  • Work may evolve from drawn, painted and photographic sources or directly from the digital.
  • You will write and develop the script and story for your productions, planning, creating and rendering your artwork and directing your film.
  • You will also undertake the recording of the sound track, making voice-overs and sound effects as well as commissioning or writing music to achieve a professional outcome.

You could also study 3D Computer Animation and Modelling, 3D Games Art & Design or Visual Effects for Film & Television.

Key staff

Mr Daniel Goodbrey
Joint Programme Leader in Digital Animation
Find out more about Mr Daniel Goodbrey

Kate Jessop
2D Animation Course Leader

Mr Martin Bowman
Joint Programme Leader in Digital Animation

Professional Accreditations

ScreenSkills Tick

ScreenSkills accreditation is awarded in recognition of the highest level of contemporary industry teaching and facilities. This gives potential employers an indication that candidates from our degree course have been trained professionally and are ready to take up an industry role successfully.

Course details

Careers

Employment opportunities include computer animation companies, work with games, TV and film special effects companies. Our graduates work and freelance with some of the worlds best known production and post production houses.

What job can I get?

Our graduates work for some of the world’s best-known production and post-production houses. They also land coveted jobs with computer animation firms, games developers, and TV and film special effects companies. 

Teaching methods

The course uses mixed teaching methods but the majority of undergraduate time is spent on project work and software and art based workshops and lectures.

The Digital Animation courses are assessed through project work both individually and group; there is also a contextual element that requires submitted essay, and there are regular assessed presentations and professional juries.

Year 1

You study your first year in the 2D Animation and Character for Digital Media degree in common with students on the 3D Digital Animation and Modelling and 3D Games Art & Design. Whilst still focusing on your chosen digital degree study you will experience high levels and intensive engagement with the latest software and animation techniques. First year study also concentrates on essential skills needed throughout your degree study such as design of character, narrative and drawing. Animation and games histories will add context to your study. As you gain experience in your chosen area of study during this year, you have the opportunity to switch to either of the other two degree routes.

Year 2

During this year you develop the individuality and illustrative style demanded by today's industry. Working with actors and mime artists you will gain understanding of character emotions and movement and how to apply this to your animation. Simulating real world briefs, also explores title stings, idents and interactive media. The second year ends with the creation of your first short film.

Year 3

The final year of study is about creating tomorrows animators, engaging in real world practices and preparing for employment. You will make a final film project which he will take from pre-production, storyboard, animatic through production and post-production. You will also prepare a showreel, and a professional website in preparation for work in the industry.

Work Placement

Placements are a valuable means of establishing industrial contacts and gaining an insight into the commercial reality of a chosen discipline. We have a long history of students working with industry supplementing the taught university curriculum with real life on the job experience.

This has seen students working right across the creative industries sector: in graphic, product and interior design consultancies, working as artist in residence in galleries, producing props and sets for the film & TV industry, shadowing teachers in education, working with commercial photographers through to students working right across the Music industry.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme.
Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

View detailed information about tuition fees

Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

View detailed information about our accommodation

Entry requirements

UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC
112BBC: L3 in Art and Design or a creative subject which includes drawing.DMM: Subjects including Art and Design, Games Art and Amination, Amination, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills (NextGen), UAL Extended Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media (Production)

How to apply

Course length
  • Full Time, 3 Years
  • Sandwich, 4 Years
Locations
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/201923/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
23/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
23/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/202023/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2021

Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/202123/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
We welcome applications from international and EU students