BA (Hons) 2D Animation and Character for Digital Media

  • Ranked 8 in Best Game Design Schools in the World (top UK school) (Rookies World School Rankings® 2019)
  • Ranked 5 in Top 2D Animation Schools for Production Excellence (top in UK) (Rookies World School Rankings® 2019)
  • Ranked 2 in Top Visual Effects Schools for Production Excellence (top in UK) (Rookies World School Rankings® 2019

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

This course includes the sandwich year options of:

Work Placement*

Study abroad*

*No fees are charged for this year

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.
  • The course operates in a modern digital context in which you will develop skills for animation, character design, comics, concept art, motion graphics and interactive storytelling.
  • 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.

What's the course about?

Please note that this course has closed applications for 2020 intake.

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 run by experienced animation professionals and reflects the highest standards of teaching. 

What will I study?

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.

Student Blogs

Emily A - Week at a glance

My week at a glance

Hi, my name is Emily and I have just finished my first year at the University of Hertfordshire on the Film and Television Production course.

On Sundays before the week starts, I like to go through the lecture slides and make any notes in the margins of my notebook to prepare for the lectures I have that week. I also do any directed reading at the weekend to get ahead. However, now that our lectures are online, I just listen to and make notes on all my lectures at the start of the week.

As my course is quite practical, we have workshops throughout the week, as well as seminars, so I always try to do a bit of extra reading before those sessions to prepare.

My friends and I also work on our own film projects outside of the course, so it is important to be organised and complete classwork early to be available for these projects.

On a non-course related note, I also like to meal prep at the start of the week, by washing and chopping fruit and vegetables and keeping them in the fridge, so that I always have healthy snacks on hand, as the week gets busier.

I also have a part-time job freelance editing, so it is important to me to plan my days so that I can fit in my editing work alongside my uni work.

Student Blogs

Emily A - Guide to the facilities

Guide to the Film and Television Production Facilities at Herts

The Film, Music and Media Building

The building that you will spend most of your time on campus in on the Film and Television production course is the Film, Music and Media Building (the FMM for short). This is where we have our editing and camera workshops. The Walter Murch editing lab on the second floor is a great resource and it becomes extremely busy in the days leading up to a deadline. It is filled with 27” iMacs each equipped with customised Avid Media Composer keyboards.

The Loan Store

The Loan Store is a great resource to have as it allows us to not only rent out equipment for our assignment projects, but also for our own independent projects that we produce throughout the year. It is in the basement of the Art and Design building. There are also three bookable edit suites down the hall from the loan store, equipped with Dell true colour monitors, Avid colouring desks and 2.1 surround sound systems. There is also a dubbing suite that is especially useful for recording Foley and Automated Dialog Replacement (ADR) for our projects.

Learning Resource Centres (LRCs)

Both the College Lane and de Havilland campuses have their Learning Resources Centres (LRCs), which are great tools when writing our film and television histories and contexts essays. There is a shuttle bus that takes you between the campuses that runs every ten minutes so if there’s a book that you need on the other campus, you don’t need to worry! The University has a wide range of books and academic journals on their online library, which is a great tool for wider reading and including supporting evidence and references in our essays.

Student Blogs

Emily A - Why I chose Herts

Why I chose Herts

Hi, my name is Emily and I have just finished my first year at the University of Hertfordshire on the Film and Television Production course. I have absolutely loved my first year at Herts, and I would recommend this course and University to anyone thinking of studying film and tv production.

Moving away from Guernsey to attend university seemed quite daunting at first, but I settled in a lot quicker and easier than I thought I would. Everyone here seems nice, and I have made some amazing friends in my first year here.

I always knew that I wanted to attend a big university with a lot of students, so the University of Hertfordshire was perfect! I also love that they have such a high focus on sport and extracurricular activities, and the Sports Village on the de Havilland Campus is a great resource.

My advice for students coming to university would be to do your research and really figure out what you want to get out of university and what you want to experience during your time here, to find a university that is right for you. I would also recommend that you try and visit as many prospective universities as you can at their open days because I had already visited five other universities by the time I came to the University of Hertfordshire’s open day, and (excuse the cliché) but from the moment I stepped on campus, I knew this was the university for me.

Thank you for reading and I wish you all the luck in your university journey!

Student Blogs

Eleanor

Alumni Stories

Tomi Ojo

Meet Tomi Ojo who has been exploring her career opportunities and learning new skills since graduating. Tomi currently works within Elevation Networks as a National Citizen Service (NCS) Programme Intern.

Current job roleSenior Programme Coordinator - Youth Media
Year of graduation2017
Course of studyBA (Hons) Photography

Tomi Ojo

University experience and opportunities

Tomi took advantage of all of the opportunities that were available to her both inside and outside of her course. She says, 'The University gave me lots of opportunities to develop public speaking skills, both on my course and while being a Student Ambassador. This helped when being a team leader to speak to my group of 15 teenagers and lead them on their daily activities.'

Tomi had a great time at the University and says, 'I really enjoyed my course. It was mainly coursework based which worked well for me as exams made me nervous. My course mates were very supportive, and I found it really interesting to hear their opinions. I have some friends for life! The loan store was also very useful too as it provided free equipment for us to use for the duration of the course!'

She encourages future and current students to make the most of what the University has to offer. She says, 'Don't be scared because you're going on your own. Be open to criticism and other people's creative ideas. Not everyone sees your vision and that's okay as there's always room for improvement.'

Future aspirations

Tomi is determined to continue to develop in her role and possibly take her next steps overseas. She says, 'I would like to continue in the job role that I am currently in. Hopefully, I can move into social media and advertising. I would love to move abroad to America or Australia to work in a similar role. I'm really excited about my future!'

My course mates were very supportive, and I found it really interesting to hear their opinions. I have some friends for life!

Please note that some of the images and videos on our course pages may have been taken before social distancing rules in the UK came into force.