BA (Hons) Animation (2D and Stop Motion)


If you want to work in the 2D or stop- motion animation industry, and have a passion for storytelling through animation, this course is for you. You’ll gain plenty of hands-on experience of traditional and digital animation techniques to complement your strong drawing skills and imagination. You’ll be encouraged to find ways to apply these skills throughout the entire animation process.

There is a strong emphasis on teamwork and professional practice on this animation course, which will give you a realistic understanding of how the industry works and will enhance your employment prospects. USW's Animation degree is part of Film & TV School Wales, which provides students with the skills and opportunities needed to work in today’s exciting TV and Film industry. 

We have been recognised as 10th in the world for Professional excellence by 'The Rookies'

See work from our students on our USW Animation (2D and Stop Motion) YouTube channel and Vimeo

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2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
23X6 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
23X6 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

The first year concentrates on core traditional and digital skills for animation and animated storytelling. You’ll improve your skills and learn how to work as part of a creative team.

During the second and third years, you’ll develop your specialist areas of animation and identify your strengths in small production teams, working on live briefs. You’ll also work towards high levels of skill in animated outcomes, whether these are in pre-production (eg, concept, storyboard, backgrounds, character design) or in 2D traditional or digital/ stop-motion production (eg, character animation, sets, props, puppet and model-making), or post-production compositing.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have produced an exciting showreel and your own short graduation film – all you’ll need to impress employers and to make your start in this dynamic industry. You’ll also develop lots of transferable skills, including team working and time management.

Year one: Animation degree

  • Introduction to Animation
  • Exploring Animation
  • Drawing & Visual Language
  • Further Adventures in Animation
  • Technical Studies: 2D & Stop-motion
  • Narrative Strategies

Year two: Animation degree

  • Design and Animate
  • Animation Collaboration
  • Technical Option: 2D
  • Technical Option: Stop-motion
  • Sequential Narrative
  • Critical Studies in Animation
  • Advanced Techniques in 2D and Stop-motion

Year three: Animation degree

  • Animation Dissertation
  • Major Project
  • Advanced Scriptwriting for Animated Film and Television
  • Major Project – Pre-production
  • Business and Employability


Your practical work will be an exciting mix of taught techniques and skills by specialists in industry as well our core teaching staff. The live briefs that run-in years 2 and 3 give students an exciting insight into how the industry works. This is also complimented by strong theoretical principles and a professional attitude to your work through business studies and how to present yourself in the competitive marketplace.


You will be assessed primarily through coursework this will be a mix of summative and written and verbal formative feedback such as Dailys' and critiques.


This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.


Although we do not officially have Placements, we actively encourage students to take advantage of our wide range of contacts in the 2D and Stop motion industry. 2D Students have worked at Picle Animation, Clothcat studio, A Productions and Beryl Productions whilst studying on the course. Stop motion students have completed work experience at Maidstone studios and also Animation people in the Czech Republic over the summer breaks. Some of this experience has led to full time work after graduation.

Field Trips

Every year we have visited London and Bristol for a two to a three-day trip to spend time visiting Animation studios which are top of their game such as Goldenwolf, Bluezoo, Picturesmith and Aardman.

We also go on regular drawing trips to zoos and museums and galleries.


There may be additional costs associated with this course


Stop Motion

  • Dedicated stop motion workshops with state of the art tools and equipment.
  • 3D printing and laser cutting
  • Dedicated filming rooms with Dragon frame software (industry standard software)
  • Access to state-of-the-art cameras and lights for filming


  • Dedicated Labs with PC's with full adobe creative cloud licences Toonboom & TV Paint (all software is also available offsite for students through uniapps, students have own licences offsite for Toonboom)
  • Lightboxes and Lightpads
  • Ipads with software
  • A1 and A3 Cintiques and pens


Corrado Morgana, Academic Subject Manager
Gerald Emanuel, Senior Lecturer
Leonie Sharrock, Senior Lecturer
Sarah Strickett, Lecturer and main Point of Contact for Course.
Brian Fagence, Lecturer
Graham Griffiths, Lecturer
Matthew Gravelle, Lecturer 
Stan Evens, Technical Demonstrator

Henry Nicholson, HPL Stop motion
Jonathan Edwards, HPL 2D and Stop motion

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.


Applicants in the UK

Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and attendance at an interview with successful outcome. You may also be required to provide a portfolio of your work prior to attending interview where your course requires this, and full details of what is required will be provided once your application has been processed.

Applicants outside the UK

Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and submission of a portfolio of your work which the Course Leader confirms is suitable for an offer to be made.


Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course


August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13500 

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International:  £13700 

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment. Below we’ve listed what types of additional costs are associated with this course:

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - 2D £40 - £80
External Hard Drive (£40-£80 required all academic years),
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - 2D £100
Sketchbooks (£100 required all academic years).
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - 2D £150
Drawing Equipment (£150 required all academic years),
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - 2D £50 - £800
Wacom Tablet/ Cintiq (£50 - £800 only required for Years Y2 & 3)
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - 2D £200
Books/ Magazines (£200 required all academic years).
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - Stop Motion £40 - £80
External Hard Drive (required all academic years).
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - Stop Motion £200 - £300
Materials for puppets. Years 2 & 3
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - Stop Motion £200 - £300
Materials for Sets. Years 2 & 3.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - Stop Motion £200 - £300
Tools for building/sculpting. Years 2 & 3.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) - Stop Motion £150
Sketchbooks/ Drawing materials (required all academic years)
Other: Misc. travel/ entry costs for visits £0 - £100
All academic years

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK. 

Admissions statement

During the second year of your animation degree, there is an opportunity to apply for a place on our exchange programme to study at one of our partner institutions internationally.

Many career opportunities exist in the animation industry. Our graduates have worked on productions such as Fantastic Mr Fox, Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride, Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam and The Cramp Twins, at prestigious studios such as Warner Bros, a-Productions, Aardman Animations, Cosgrove Hall, Hot Animation, Calon, Telemagination or HRA Associates.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.