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Illustration and Animation BA (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Course code:

AHU007

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


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Overview

Do you hope to turn your love of drawing into a career? You could learn how and hone your skills, with our Illustration and Animation BA.

If you enjoy creating your own worlds, developing characters and telling stories in pictures, this course offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in that world and learn about how to become successful in illustration and animation.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

Coventry University taught me how to illustrate and animate professionally and now as a graduate I am so excited to use these skills to tackle my career as a stop-motion animator.

Saffron Worwood

Course information

Our emphasis on industry readiness is one of this course’s core strengths; from the outset, we focus on your professional development and aim to ensure you graduate with the know-how, skills and confidence to your place in the world of the professional creative.

Recent graduate Alexandra Balan, for example, has just completed work on the new animated feature film, Ethel and Ernest, voiced by Jim Broadbent, Luke Treadaway and Pam Ferris.

The course’s blend of illustration and animation skillsets gives it both discipline and industry-relevance, deftly anticipating emerging markets and trends. This includes the development of web comics, augmented reality and the use of 3D printed artefacts. Typical graduate portfolios might include complete books, comics, animations and films in a range of technologies and media.

83%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Introduction to Illustration and Animation

  • Studio Practice 1

  • Professional Development 1

  • Professional Practice 1

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Illustration and Animation Exploration

  • Studio Practice 2

  • Professional Development 2

  • Professional Practice 2

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Placement

Overview

Modules

  • External Practice

  • Major Project

  • Dissertation

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

1st

Our Film Production and Photography courses are ranked no.1 by Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to apply to undertake a work placement or study abroad between years two and three.
  • Guidance on a range of technologies, both traditional and technological, that are used in both illustration and animation at a professional level.
  • Opportunity to exhibit your work at national and international events. Previous students have exhibited their work at such prestigious events as New Designers, Free Range and the Hangzhou Animation Festival.
  • A teaching team who represent a dynamic range of experience within illustration and animation practice. From publishing to animation and CGI, these award-winning practitioners bring the reality and expectation of creative professional practice into the studio.

Opportunity to compete for nationally acclaimed awards. Previous successes include the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Book Illustration, the DAD Yellow Pencil, Creative Conscience and YCN.

This course is based around a wide range of approaches to the development of your own work in relation to both illustration and animation. You will learn a range of image-making techniques, both traditional and digital with an emphasis on ideas generation.

Drawing is a key element that will underpin your studies but you will also study a range of approaches to both disciplines so that you can begin to develop your own signature style.

Your course will be primarily based on the development of your studio practice but you will also have lectures, seminars and workshops.

A range of assessment methods will be used in conjunction with clearly defined coursework tasks. Subject specialists, after grading the submission, will be available to give you feedback and assess your work.

Where appropriate, you are encouraged to work with writers or experts in related disciplines. You will credit all participants and must be able to demonstrate your particular contribution to any external collaborative project.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Practical coursework: 70%
  • Essays/reports: 20%
  • Presentations: 10%

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.

70% assessed by practical coursework

In a typical week you will have up to 16 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: up to 1 hour smaller tutorial/seminar with focused tutor contact.
  • Medium group teaching: 1 hour seminar each week.
  • Large group teaching: 14 hours of studio practice each week.

In addition, you'll be expected to undertake 20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.

The University encourages students to engage with the creative world beyond the UK. This has included cultural trips to New York, Barcelona, Prague, China and Berlin.

There are also field trips within the UK that are designed to enhance students understanding of both the history and developments within the broader creative world.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

Coventry University taught me how to illustrate and animate professionally and now as a graduate I am so excited to use these skills to tackle my career as a stop-motion animator.

Saffron Worwood

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU007
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC to include at least one Art or Design subject. DMM in an Art or Design subject. 29 points to include Visual Arts or Design Technology at Higher level. Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English.

Portfolio

You may be required to submit a portfolio/showreel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course) and you may be asked to attend an interview if it is practical to arrange.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

A pass in the Access Diploma, plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

Coventry University taught me how to illustrate and animate professionally and now as a graduate I am so excited to use these skills to tackle my career as a stop-motion animator.

Saffron Worwood

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£14,104 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Some essential art materials provided through workshops


The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip
  • Any additional specialist printing: £50+ per year

What our students say...

Coventry University taught me how to illustrate and animate professionally and now as a graduate I am so excited to use these skills to tackle my career as a stop-motion animator.

Saffron Worwood

Career prospects

The course is designed to reflect the expectations of creative, professional practice, encouraging students to produce work of the highest calibre.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a commission, live brief or competition brief in order to give you a sense of the demands of working for a client or external agency. In your third year you will be expected to choose a project that relates to your prospective career path and that could be a significant addition to your portfolio.

You will be expected to have fulfilled the requirements of the brief to the highest possible standards and to have demonstrated professionalism through both the execution of the work and the management of your production schedule.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.

90%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Some graduates of this course have gone on to become successful illustrators and animators, including published writer/illustrators who have had their work published both in the UK and internationally.

£20K

Our graduates earn average salaries ranging from £15,000 - £20,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

Coventry University taught me how to illustrate and animate professionally and now as a graduate I am so excited to use these skills to tackle my career as a stop-motion animator.

Saffron Worwood
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.