Animation (BA)

September. 2019

Start Date

1 FY + 3 UY

Course Duration



Basic Information

Start Date

September. 2019

Course Duration

1 foundation year (if required) + 3 undergrad years

English Language Requirements

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

Program Description

Portfolio & Interview

Your portfolio should contain between three and five projects that you have undertaken in the areas of drawing, print, graphic art or illustration. It should be between ten and fifteen sheets in length and should not exceed A1 in size.

The portfolio should show evidence of observational drawing, the development of an idea through to a completed illustration, and techniques and processes that you have worked with. We are particularly interested in seeing your sketchbooks / journals to see how you develop your ideas.

At interview you should be prepared to discuss your work, ideas and ambitions. You should also be able to discuss graphic artists, illustrators or animators who influence you.


On our much-admired Animation course we’ll give you both the guidance and the independence you need to express your artistic vision with confidence and quality.

We combine the best of digital with the best of handmade animation, ensuring that you’ll leave the course with an excellent portfolio that demonstrates the widest range of skills.

Your portfolio will feature your own animated short film, your responses to commercial briefs, character and concept designs, storyboards and illustration work.

Each year, you’ll learn skills that build on your previous learning, with a course structure that encourages your artistic independence while covering the broadest range of animation techniques.

You’ll develop a visual language through illustration workshops and apply this to your animation work, finding your own balance between the two complementary disciplines.

How You’ll Be Assessed

You’ll have continuous group crits, one-to-one tutorials and feedback that will help you to reflect and improve. There’ll also be a mid-year review, giving you a predicted grade.

At the end of each year you’ll hand in your finished pieces and a research folder showing drawings, notes and other supporting work for grading and feedback

Future Career

Animation and Illustration is a rapidly growing, ever-expanding field. The skills we teach at the University of East London mean you’ll be able to adapt to any of the creative opportunities it offers.

In recent years, the role of the illustrator and the animator has converged with the development of digital books and online networks. So the abilities and techniques that you’ll develop on this course are increasingly valued and sought after in the professional world.

Our course is very new but already its reputation has soared, with our students enjoying work placements at major studios such as Framestore and Lionsgate.

Graduates who have studied our animation and illustration modules have gone on to enjoy success in various fields.

Some of our students set up a university society that grew into a business, Backwards Burd, and which now showcases the work of new illustrators and artists. Others work in animation and motion graphics studios while some run animation workshops.

Opportunities abound. It’s a course that would suit anyone considering a career in independent filmmaking. Or it could be ideal for a start in the graphics industry, producing animated content for advertising, web applications, games design, animated storybooks, apps and music videos.



  • Art & Design Studio (core)
  • Art & Design Workshop (core)
  • Contextual Studies (core


  • Animation and Illustration Studio Practice 1 (core)
  • Animation and Illustration Workshop Practice (core)
  • Contextual studies 1: Visual Culture (core


  • Animation and Illustration Studio Practice 2 (core)
  • Professional Practice 1 (core)
  • Contextual studies 2: Approaches to Visual Culture


  • Animation and Illustration Studio Practice 3 (core)
  • Professional Practice 2 (core)
  • Contextual studies 3: Themes in Contemporary Theory and Practice (option)
  • Art & Design Dissertation (option)