The industry-facing computer-generated content of this Computer Animation degree is underpinned by solid artistic and creative practices, enabling you to produce the best results possible. Based at the Cardiff campus, you’ll complete your work using industry- standard software across a range of projects, many of them designed to help you identify what you are good at, and to specialise in it. During major projects, you’ll work with others in a collaborative manner in a work-simulation environment that mirrors industry studio practice. You’ll study the history of animation, as well as marketing, business skills and entrepreneurship, all of which can enhance your employability when you graduate.
USW's Computer Animation degree is part of Film & TV School Wales, which provides students with the up-to-date skills, opportunities and specialist training required by the film, TV, commercials, VFX and games industries. Graduates from the Computer Animation course have been employed at prestigious studios throughout the world including Sony Pictures Imageworks and Dreamworks Animation, worked on exciting productions like the Harry Potter films, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Jungle Book, Guardians of the Galaxy and can be found at cutting-edge Computer Games Studios such as Rockstar North, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (Playstation) and EA Games (UK & USA). You’ll begin with an introduction to 3D computer animation and 3D digital art principles, then progress to advanced computer-based animation, 3D digital art and compositing. During years two and three you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as character animation, animated short film-making, 3D CG Art, CG for Games/VFX and much more. See more student work on our Vimeo and Creative Skillset Hiive websites.
You will complete practical work using industry standard equipment and software, which is given a contextual background through taught modules in culture and history.
You will be assessed primarily through coursework.
This computer animation course is recognised by Creative Skillset, Sector Skills Council and carries the Creative Skillset Tick for the purposes of indicating courses best suited to prepare for a Creative Industries career.
Our computer animation degree is also part of the Skillset Media Academy Wales, a partnership of the leading film and media schools in Wales, offering an exceptionally high standard of education that is endorsed by industry.
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.
You will be asked to take part in a 30-minute interview before we can fully consider your application or make you an offer. You will be also be required to bring a portfolio to support your application. This is because the course requires students to have strong artistic and design abilities. Your portfolio should be a carefully constructed selection of your work, preferably produced during your most recent course of study, and can include any personal work or projects that you feel are relevant to the course. All work should be well organised and presented.
You may wish to demonstrate examples of:
You may also wish to bring examples of digital 2D or 3D CG work on a tablet, laptop, or HDD for consideration at the interview. During the interview you should be prepared to discuss your work and the designers, animators and/or artists who have influenced you. The interview will last for approximately 30 minutes.
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).
BCC - CDD to include a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include a relevant higher subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
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.
This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£40 - £80||
External Hard Drive (£40-£80 required all academic years).
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£50 - £400||
Wacom Tablet (required all academic years)
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£150 - £200||
Sketchbook / Drawing materials (required all academic years)
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£200||
Books/ Magazines (£200 required all academic years).
FMX Festival Trip (Year 2 & 3)
|Other: Misc. travel/ entry costs for visits *||£50 - £100||
All academic years
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU 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.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Computer Animation Graduates have gone on to work at prestigious studios including:
Students from the Computer Animtion course have worked on the impressive animated VFX sequences in films such as:
Our alumni can also be found at a range of cutting-edge computer game studios including:
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.