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Animation and Screenwriting BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • A cohesive joint study programme that takes 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
  • Innovative approach, with modules on craft and voice, creativity and collaboration and professionalism and employment
  • High academic standards with an emphasis on critical evaluation, research skills and reflective practice
  • On-campus access to industry-standard software and motion capture facilities
  • Creative teaching by academics and industry professionals, incorporating guest lectures, Skype discussion and other forms of involvement from high-level professionals in radio, TV and film
  • Programme of guest lectures and events. Previous events have included  award-winning local animation house Dice Productions Q&A event and Aardman’s Will Becher’s presentation on work from feature film ‘Pirates’
  • With its focus on developing craft capability, industry awareness, production experience and employer engagement, the course reflects the requirements of training and skills organisation for the creative industries such as Creative Skillset

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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 Screenwriting.

"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.

In today’s world of multimedia communication animators and screenwriters work together in an unprecedented variety of contexts. To study Animation and Screenwriting as joint honours is therefore full of possibility: if you so choose, it could lead to an innovative, interdisciplinary final year project that draws all your interests together. Both subject areas nurture your creative development alongside craft and digital skills that are highly prized by 21st century employers.

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. 

Screenwriting nurtures your love of story and aims to develop your skills as a writer and media practitioner for the 21st century. It provides creative, challenging approaches to writing for the screen and performance – from initial conception to production. You are taught by lecturers with both academic and professional, industry backgrounds who are well placed to offer you expert advice and to support your development of original writing. The course provides you with many opportunities to network with industry contacts, supporting your developing understanding of how your writing skills are transferable to employment within the media industries. Scheduled visitors in 2014/15 include writers for Holby City, Hollyoaks and Moving On and development executives from the makers of TV shows including Gavin and Stacey, The Royle Family and Philomena. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things; Eastern Promises; Peaky Blinders) will be providing individual script feedback to the winner of The Steven Knight Award for Best Screenplay, awarded exclusively to one of Worcester’s final year Screenwriting students.

Animation and Screenwriting are led and taught by experienced animators and illustrators, industry practitioners and academics, and student performance is assessed entirely by course work. Studying these courses in combination could be right for you if your creative interests span working in moving image and other media contexts, and if your curiosity is fired by the creative possibilities of 21st century  communication.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points


Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Omid Ghanat-Abady
Course Leader, Animation

Sarah Evans
Course Leader, Screenwriting
01905 855298

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Drawing for Animators and Illustrators
Crafting the Moving Image
Scriptwriting: Ideas and Development
Story Design and Analysis


Module options:

Origin and Function
Introduction to Animation: Human Locomotion
Fundamentals of Modelling for Games Art and Animation: Asset Creation

Year 2

Core modules:

Scriptwriting: Concept Development and Realisation


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
Screen Adaptation
Writing the Feature Film
Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV

Year 3

Core modules:

Industry, Practices and Applications


Module options:

Independent Study
Animation Extension Module
Animation Negotiated Production 3
Pre-production Practices
Animation Professional Practice
Animation Negotiated Production 1
Animation Negotiated Production 2
Independent Study
Screenwriting: Final Project
Scriptwriting Extension Module
Radio and Television Comedy



In addition to developing your capabilities as an animator, this 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.

The opportunity to be introduced to current industry contacts in Screenwriting is an essential element of the progression of your work across the three years, giving you a unique insight into how your skills can transfer into employment within the media industry. There are many career path options including working in the digital arts industries, in film and television and arts organisations, and taking up university and school teaching or postgraduate academic and creative writing courses.

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.

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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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