The BSc Computer Animation Arts combines traditional and digital animation techniques, and covers all elements of the animation production pipeline.
Computer animation, modelling and effects require both artistic and technical approaches to complex visual problem-solving.
Fusing traditional skills with cutting-edge technology, this dynamic and innovative course provides you with the skills to work in a wide range of areas within the computer animation industry.
This course provides the skills required for work in animation, 3D modelling, visual effects, visualisation, and computer games. It will also encourage you to specialise in a chosen area and stretch your technical and artistic abilities.
Computer Animation Arts Projects
The BSc Computer Animation Arts is a practical and mainly project-based course and throughtout the course you will produce a range of digital outputs. From Year 3 onwards, you can specialise in a range of different areas including film, TV and games and your Year 4 Honours project allows you to specialise in a a specific area of interest.
Work placement opportunities available through the School of Engineering & Computing allow students to put theory into practice in real-world business environments.
Broaden your horizons, learn a new language and prepare for the best international opportunities available with study abroad at UWS.
Computing at UWS
Computing courses at UWS are designed in collaboration with leading companies to produce work-ready graduates with the skills that industry needs. We work with major industry leaders to give our students work-based learning opportunities to put their knowledge into practice. Our students graduate ready for career success in this fast-changing, dynamic industry.
of all UWS students in work and/or study 6 months after graduating
What qualifications do you need?
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
Scottish Highers: BBBC, or equivalent, or 102 UCAS Tariff points including Art and Design,Photography or Graphic Communication
A levels: CCD or 88 UCAS Tariff points preferably including Art and Design,Photography orGraphic Communication
Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Maths, Art and Design, Graphic Communication or Photography
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points including art qualification
Scottish Widening Access Programme: Access to STEM BBB
African WASSCE (WAEC): a pass in 5 subjects (minimum of 3 at Grade B) including Maths at Grade B
Scottish Advanced Highers: CCD including Art and Design (112 UCAS Tariff points)
A levels: BCC including Art and Design (104 UCAS Tariff points)
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Filmcraft and Animation or Animationor other related discipline with a substantial component in animation (all with an A in the Graded Unit)
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Art and Design or Illustration or Multimedia Computing or other related discipline with at least an introductory component in animation (all with a B in the Graded Unit)
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Filmcraft and Animation or Animation or other related discipline with significant animation content such as modules in 3D Animation or Motion Studies (all with a B in the Graded Unit)
HND Computer Art & Design (not suitable) has changed name to Arts & Animation (content suitable but must include 3D Animation/Motion Studies)
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for most courses
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
overall score 6.0
no sub-test less than 5.5
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)
IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 6.5
no sub-test less than 6.0
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 7.0
no sub-test less than 7.0
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 5.0
no sub-test less than 4.5
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students. For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
C6 or above in English
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).
The BSc Computer Animation Arts involves mainly project-based assessment, geared towards the production of material that showcases your abilities to employers. From Year 3 on, you can specialise in a range of different areas including film, TV and games.
The course is highly practical, concentrating on skills, with appropriate theory mainly assessed through practical output. You will also develop a range of transferable written and practical graduate skills useful for employment inside and outside of the animation and media industries.
Guest speakers from industry also form part of the programme to further deepen your understanding of the subject. Jill Wallace from Axis Animation, and Scott McLellan from Solus, have recently delivered lectures.
You will focus on the principles of animation, planning and practice. You will learn how computer tools are used for artistic representation and work on 2D and 3D animation.
You will continue to focus on the principles of animation, planning and practice. You will develop further skills in 2D and 3D animation.
You will focus on advanced modelling and texturing techniques, and on independent, specialist project work. This includes the production of a demo reel and scripting for automation and simulation.
You will undertake a substantial project, creating a piece of work that showcases your skills and enhances your employability after graduation. You will also study acting for character animation and virtual environments.
Teaching and Assessment
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops.
There will also be group work and independent learning to ensure you develop transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team.
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
UWS graduates enjoy careers in computer games, animated films and video, visual effects, and architectural visualisation. Graduates are employed by industry heavyweights and award-winning studios including Axis Animation, MPC, Sony Pictures, Rockstar North, Lupus, BBC, STV, Mental Ltd., Tag Games, Codemasters and Firebrand Games. Graduates have also set up their own companies.
Undergraduate Tuition Fees
Scottish campuses lab-based 2018/19
Scottish & EU
£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)
Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.
For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.
Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.
Tuition Fees* & Living Cost Support
Tuition Fees & Additional Costs
Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.
There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.
If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.
Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.
All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)
The on-time application deadline for 2020/21 entry is 15 January 2020, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2020, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.
Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.
For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.
To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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