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Animation and Graphic Design BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • A broad approach to animation, encompassing 2D traditional and digital animation, stop motion and 3D CGI for games, animation and film
  • Live projects integrated into year-long modules of study that allow you to gain experience in real studio-based production
  • On-campus access to industry-standard software and motion capture facilities
  • A programme of guest lectures and such as award-winning local animation house Dice Productions Q&A event and Aardman’s Will Becher presenting work from feature film ‘Pirates’
  • Exposure to commercial and professional situation will develop your strengths, ideas and creativity, equipping you for a career in graphic design and multimedia
  • Enthusiastic lecturers used to working with commercial clients and whose teaching is fed by international contemporary practice and their own experience as professional designers
  • Active communication between students at all levels and with the teaching team to create a shared sense of community in which we can all take justifiable pride
  • Portfolio presentation opportunities to creative directors of professional and commercial companies, demonstrating to them that you are working to industry standards

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Animation and Graphic Design.

"The tutors were friendly and helped us through each year, teaching us all the skills we need to experiment with 2D, 3D stop motion animation and more."

Isabelle Kennedy, Animation graduate.

The entire course staff have been nothing but supportive over the last three years, while encouraging and developing creative skills with all students.

Martin Price, Graphic Design BA graduate.

Studying Animation and Graphic Design in combination provides you with an exciting opportunity to develop as an animator and creative designer. Many aspects of these disciplines are complementary, and studying them as Joint Honours is therefore full of possibility: it could lead to an innovative, interdisciplinary final year project that draws all your interests together. Your creative development will take place alongside development of craft and digital skills that are applicable to a very wide range of graduate career and employment possibilities.

Animation at Worcester encompasses 2D traditional and digital animation, stop motion and claymation and 3D CGI for games, animation and film. Students also gain skills in editing, sound, compositing, concept art for games and animation, VFX techniques and creative concept generation. The course thus aims to offer you the realistic prospect of graduating as a competent practitioner in all areas of this still developing discipline. Alongside placing strong emphasis on nurturing your practice as an animator, it supports you to gain solid, foundational understanding of relevant history and theory. It integrates live projects into year-long modules of study to enable you to experience real, studio-based production in support of your preparation for professional work. 

Graphic Design supports your development as a graphic designer with the flexibility to work in today’s contexts, from print to web to multimedia design. Your creative ideas and approaches will grow alongside your use of computer technology and your critical understanding of design and visual theory. You will develop your team working skills and your understanding of how to respond to professional briefs, building your knowledge and experience of the current market. There are plenty of opportunities to work on ‘live briefs’ set by real clients from a variety of contexts, including businesses, museums, local authorities and charities. You will be encouraged to develop work for entry into national and international competitions and increasingly to follow your own interests, whether those involve a passion for typography or a preoccupation with motion graphics. Throughout, you will be introduced to the multitude of professional possibilities that are open to graphic designers, and there are plenty of opportunities to visit design studios and meet industry clients.

These two subject areas in combination may well be the right choice for you if the moving image and visual communication are what excite your curiosity, if thinking and learning through doing is your preferred approach to academic study, and if design- and media-related employment is your long-term goal.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Omit Ghanat-Abady
Course Leader, Animation

Ree Han
Course Leader, Graphic Design & Multimedia

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Drawing for Animators and Illustrators
Crafting the Moving Image
Design: Skills and Theory
Graphics: Creative Digital Typography and Imaging


Module options:

Origin and Function
Introduction to Animation: Human Locomotion
Fundamentals of Modelling for Games Art and Animation: Asset Creation
Multimedia in Context
Concept Visualisation

Year 2

Core modules:



Module options:

2D Animation
Introduction to CGI 1: Modelling & Texturing
Introduction to CGI 2: Rigging and Animation
Stop Motion
Animation Production: Narrative Workflows
Experimental Animation
Concept Generation, Research and Preproduction
Digital Photography
Graphic Design for Internet and Multimedia
Graphic Design for Print
Children’s Book Design

Year 3

Core modules:



Module options:

Independent Study
Animation Extension Module

Pre-production Practices
Animation Professional Practice
Animation Negotiated Production 1
Animation Negotiated Production 2
Animation Negotiated Production 3
Documentary Photography
Green Design
Major Project
Design Awards and Exhibition
Live Brief
Industry Collaboration
Pressure Projects



In addition to developing your capabilities as an animator, the course will enable you to develop a wide range of transferable skills, from research and analysis techniques, to problem-solving, to communication and negotiation. Animators are increasingly in demand as the industry expands. Our interdisciplinary approach gives flexibility and will develop in you a wider view of the world that is both attractive to employers, and empowers you to create your own opportunities through creative entrepreneurship. You will find career opportunities not only in animation production, but also in the games industry, television motion graphics, compositing, special effects and advertising.

Graduates from Graphic Design & Multimedia have gone on to work in sectors such as publishing, graphic design, web design, media and arts administration, or are self-employed. This course also provides an excellent basis for further studies. Its interdisciplinary nature means that students develop skills that are attractive to employers.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

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UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

How to apply

Part-time applications

If you would like to apply to study this course part time, please complete our online application form.

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