University of Bolton

BA (Hons) Animation and Illustration - Full-time

University of Bolton
In Bolton

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Bolton
Duration 3 Years
Start 21/09/2020
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Bolton
  • Duration:
    3 Years
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At the University of Bolton’s School of the Arts we offer creative, student-focused courses that are valued by employers, and underpinned by the knowledge and industry experience of our high quality staff. We frequently update our programmes to ensure they keep up with new and emerging trends and provide you with the tools and techniques you will need to progress into your chosen area of employment.

Our Animation and Illustration degree offers commercial understanding, and gives you the opportunity to develop high level technical skills and knowledge. You’ll be encouraged to develop professional standards in the creative use of a wide range of illustration, animation, and digital software programmes. Building on an introduction to the basics of animation and illustration, the second half of the course offers you increasing levels of choice to specialise in either area, exploring digital and experimental means of image making.

You’ll be taught by a diverse team of highly experienced, professionally and academically qualified, staff. They have extensive experience in the animation and illustration industry and have worked for several broadcasting companies including the BBC and Granada Television.

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Bolton (Greater Manchester)
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Deane Road, BL3 5AB


21 Sep 2020Now taking bookings

To take into account

· What are the objectives of this course?

This course offers you a practical and critical exploration of both illustration and animation. Animation modules aim to develop your visual voice and technical skills, your communication and storytelling skills, as well as your ability to work with others and take instruction. In addition, you can increase your networking skills and flexibility, by working between several projects simultaneously. Illustration modules aim to make the most of your imagination and enable you to develop your knowledge of computer-aided design techniques and printing processes, including computer graphics and screen printing. Furthermore, it can provide you with the opportunity to increase your research skills and develop the ability to market your skills to potential employers.

· Who is it intended for?

Exhibition design Produce design Animated commercials Poster production Greeting card design Music promotion Advertising and marketing Studio management Arts administration Fashion design

· Requirements

Your Level 3 subjects must include an art and design based subject; for instance, A-level Art or BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language. You'll be required to attend for interview and provide a portfolio of appropriate work.

· What marks this course apart?

Key Features: You’ll have access to industry-standard equipment in our five dedicated studio spaces equipped with Apple Mac computers and scanners. Much of the coursework involves the creative use of animation, illustration and graphics software. The course is broad-based and you’ll explore character design, story boarding and narrative techniques with traditional and digital animation and illustration for screen and print. There is a visiting speaker programme so you can benefit from discussions with industry professionals in the sector. We’ll also support you to develop transferrable skills for the work place such as problem solving, team working and interpersonal skills. You’ll be encouraged to create a portfolio of work and have the opportunity to present your work to the public as part of the Bolton School of the Arts final-year Creative Show. In addition to the taught modules, which are mostly simulated live briefs, there are opportunities to work on live projects for clients from inside and outside the University.

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What you'll learn on the course

Full Time
Animation Illustration
Animation and Illustration

Course programme


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Introduction to Studio Practice in Animation and Illustration
  • Contextual Studies in Animation and Illustration
  • Introduction to Animation and Illustration
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Digital Methodologies
  • Advanced Studio Practice
  • Open Study
  • Principles of Illustration
  • Principles of Animation
  • Past Present and Futures: Theory into Context
  • Employability and Enterprise
  • Major Project
  • Research in Context
  • Professional Practice and Self-Promotion
  • Character Design
  • Visual Style
Teaching, Learning And Assessment

Learning and teaching methods use a blended style which means you’ll have face-to-face sessions as well as taking part in online learning. Active learning is promoted via seminars, lectures and tutorials, practical workshop demonstrations, a visiting speaker programme, critiques, study visits, self-directed study, IT sessions, library and guided study, and online learning.

Online learning is delivered via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used by the University which is called Moodle. Moodle allows students to access learning materials and study aids either on or off the campus. The use of Moodle is of great benefit as it allows self-directed study to be completed from anywhere at any time.

Module-based design briefs offer you an insight into the professional environment; this is achieved by using simulated design briefs, client-led live briefs, and competition briefs. You’ll be supported through the course by having group tutorial and critiques, one-to-one tutor feedback, and regular feedback from clients and collaborators.

Our aim is to fully engage you in the teaching and learning process and you’ll be taught using methods designed to help you gain maximum benefit from your studies and fully achieve your goals.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Additional information

International Fees - £12,450

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