Animation - BA (Hons) [Full Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Digital Arts

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  WW27


The aim of the Animation programme is to provide a supportive environment for you to develop your skills in animation practice. You will explore a broad range of techniques and processes and will have the opportunity to engage in a range of studio-based practice, as well as specialist skills-based workshops, tutorials and seminar sessions that will build up your animation experience and technical expertise.

Working with the school HE strategy of ‘Student as Producer’, the three-year programme is designed to help you to develop your technical skillset, build your network, and give access to further opportunities.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 3 Years
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready Guarantee

Over the course of this three-year programme you will explore a broad range of techniques and processes that will help you to develop your practice. You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of studio-based practice, as well as specialist skills-based workshops, tutorials and seminar sessions that will build up your own animation experience and technical expertise.

The practice based modules are accompanied by live briefs, site specific working, field trips and exhibition opportunities which give you valuable experiences as a professional practitioner.
As a team of experienced practitioners, the staff have an exhaustive list of opportunities that facilitate engagement with the industry.

Over the past few years the course has contributed to projects with the following providers as well as a host of others:
Animade, Pictoplasma, Discovery Museum, Live Theatre, Channel 4, Sony PlayStation, Sega, Orange, St Lukes, Studio Moo, Little Tiger Press, House of Illustration, V&A and Penguin Books. Our network of regional, national and international practitioners and animation companies such as Ardman, Arcus Studios, Novak, Atomhawk, YourFilm, Nowt Special, Artella, have contributed towards the students’ experience on programme and may bring about working and collaborative opportunities. Members of the staff have links with Creative Europe Desk UK that may give students the opportunity to work also in international collaborative projects.

Who the course is for

The course is designed for individuals that have interest for creative arts, a marked passion for Animation, and  want to pursue a career within the sector. We are looking for motivated, interesting and informed applicants who embrace their subject and are willing to commit to a programme of study that will allow progression either in to employment or level 7 study.

Qualification Gained

BA (Hons) Animation awarded by NCG.

How to Apply


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email

Applications received for Art and Design and Digital Arts courses will require an interview and portfolio check.

Course Content

Year one - L4
Principles of Animation
Idea generation
Introduction to Visual Communication
Introduction to 3D Animation
Character Design and Animation
Research & Development 1
Personal Development

The first year has a strong focus on introducing core skills within animation, exploring multiple techniques, trends and approaches following the industry standards.

Year two - L5
Digital Storytelling
Experimental Animation
Research & Development 2
Professional Development

The second year facilitates the application and enhancement of skills and knowledge through a series of opportunities to visualise your own concepts as well as industry set briefs.

Year three - L6
Project Proposal
Project Presentation
Animation Production
Commercial Production

The third year recognises the importance of purpose led animation that explores commercial potential through undertaking projects that are supported through personal exploration and industry briefs.

Learning Methods

This programme will draw on numerous teaching and learning strategies appropriate to your needs: lectures, seminars, workshops, e-learning, field trips, guest speakers from industry and work-based/related learning.

These strategies have been developed to ensure that you experience a range of methods which are also applicable to your mode of attendance and the modules being studied.

Teaching strategies that will be used through the programme include:
Studio practice, seminar, lecture, specialist workshops, guest speakers, independent research, critique/tutorial

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed for each module you complete over the course of the programme.
Your assessments will be informed by industry to ensure that they reflect contemporary practice, and are current with theoretical and practical developments in animation practice.

As part of the marking process your assessments will be marked by a module tutor and the assessment will then be internally moderated by a second member of the programme team.

Progression Opportunities

There are many opportunities If you decide to go on to postgraduate study after your degree.

Career Opportunities

The development of the program delivery and assessment criteria has been generated though constant consultations with several companies and practitioners, which have given further insight into the expectations of a dedicated animation provision.

The degree in Animation will open doors to careers in the broader creative and digital industries. There are currently +50 job roles which are directly related to your degree, such as animator, concept artist, 3D modeller, storyboard artist, compositor artist and many others.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 - 64 UCAS points from the following qualifications:

1. All full level 3 qualifications including (A2/AVCE/National Diploma/Certificate)
AND/OR ii) A minimum pass in an Access to Higher Education qualification.

2. In addition candidates must evidence attainment at Level 2 in literacy, numeracy and IT.

3. Satisfy vocational tutors at interview/audition of their suitability and potential.
These are mandatory parts of the application process.

Mature applicants (aged over 21 years) without formal qualifications but without appropriate relevant vocational experience are also welcome to apply.

If English is not your first language, you will also need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or higher

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.