Animation at Dundee
We offer a wide range of opportunities for contemporary animators. These include narrative storytelling, visual effects and visualisation.
Did You Know?
- Animation Career Review's list of 2014 Top 100 International Animation Schools ranks Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design #1 in Scotland.
The BDes (Hons) Animation course is for students who are passionate about becoming animation professionals. Our ethos is to echo current industry studio practices as much as possible. The atmosphere here in the animation studio is vibrant and friendly, buzzing with creative energy and hard work.
Drawing is of utmost importance. All of our students attend weekly life drawing classes and keep observational sketchbooks. What makes our course distinct is how our students develop individually as specialists within the animation industry, while working collaboratively to produce short student-led animated films.
Our final year students have confidence in their own abilities in specialized areas of Preproduction (concept art, character design, etc.), Production (2D and 3D digital character animation, 3D modelling, etc.) and Post production (compositing, VFX, etc.) as well as generalist and transferable animation production skills. They work towards industry-ready showreels that best evidence their two nominated specialist skills.
You will have access to our state-of-the-art facilities. These include Maya labs, an animation studio, rostrum camera, and a green screen visual effects studio.
At the end of the course you will be able to:
- use 2D and 3D animation skills
- use the latest technology to create narrative stories & visual effects
- coherently research, defend and structure your chosen subject
Who should study Animation?
- technologically motivated
- a good communicator
- an observer
- a team player
You want to:
- improve observational and life drawing skills
- develop 2D & 3D skills
- learn how to express your creative vision through animation
- learn the skills required to enter a field with exciting career prospects
Animation is one of three courses that comprise the communication design programme. The full list is animation, graphic design and illustration. As well as studying animation, you will engage with generic communication design issues.
We develop agile and flexible graduate designers. These professionals have a broad understanding of communication design coupled with expertise in their chosen subject.
More about Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
For further examples of student work, staff profiles and news visit the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design website.
Animation Showreel from the students at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee.
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
|Courses starting 2018|
|Qualification||Level 1 Entry||Advanced Entry to Level 2|
|SQA Higher/Advanced Higher||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||BB at Advanced Higher, including art and design or a related subject and an appropriate literate subject, plus BB at Higher in different subjects including one other subject outside art and design|
|GCE A-Level||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||ABB including art and design or a related subject, an appropriate literate subject and one other subject outside art and design|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)|
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||34 points including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level to include art and design or a related subject, an appropriate literate subject and one other subject outside art and design|
|BTEC||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM|
|SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units|
|Scottish Baccalaureate||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||Pass with BB at Advanced Higher|
|Advanced Diploma||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||Grade B with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB|
|European Baccalaureate||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||75% overall with 7.5 in an Art & Design subject and 7.5 in a literate subject|
|Other Qualifications||Foundation course in Art & Design|
|Notes||All applicants must also submit a comprehensive portfolio of art/design/creative work and may be invited to attend a portfolio submission event. In some cases an interview may also be required. All qualifications should include a relevant art & design subject & a literate subject, and will be considered on an individual basis.|
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
Classical animation exercises in Level 2 supported by acting classes, lectures, workshops and software training for 2D/3D digital animation helps instil the principles of character animation.
Level 3 students study cinematography and visual storytelling, with drawing, software skills and elective modules such as Comic Art, Graphic Novels and VFX. They develop ideas for final year films, and experience animation production through group films.
Projects in Levels 2 and 3 prepare students for the final year through recognition and development of their creative strengths.
Level 4 students refine their specialist skills in group and individual projects, with weekly life drawing classes.
How you will be taught
The programme of study involves projects and workshops designed to help you, through experiential learning, to understand the fundamental skills of animation. Different approaches of teaching and learning are used including:
- Regular seminars
- Practical lectures
- Studio demonstrations
- Individual tutorials
- Group critiques
- Peer review
How you will be assessed
Your progress is monitored with structured formal reviews and assessments. At Level 4 a team of internal and external examiners conduct the final degree examination.
What you will study
Students can enter Animation after successfully completing our Art and Design (General Foundation) course (apply for course WW12) or on successful completion of a recognised Foundation Course or equivalent (apply or course W210). This is normal for many art and design courses.
In the Art and Design (General Foundation) course you will learn the core values which will enrich and expand your personal visual language, preparing you nicely for a further 3 years in Animation.
- Introduction to Fundamental Animation Skills
- Introduction to 2D and 3D Computer Animation
- Introduction to Production Equipment
- Creative Research Methodology
- Contextual Studies
Level 2 of the programme is structured to provide a broad foundation of knowledge and experience. You will be introduced to relevant equipment and varied media used in the production process for your choice of specialism. Projects and assignments help you develop the relevant learning, research and technical skills, exploring creativity and individual aptitude through each process.
- Personal Programme of Study
- Research and Development
- Professional Production Practice
- Professional Production Practice
- Professional Production Practice
- Professional Production Practice
Level 3 is designed to encourage experimentation, cross course projects, exploring ideas and making use of appropriate technical methods. All students prepare and present a programme of personal project work that reflects the research and development of ideas. During this year you will undertake a series of assignments designed to develop good professional practice necessary to succeed in your chosen career.
- Personal Programme of Research
- Degree Show Exposition
In the final year - Level 4 - you will organise and present a personal programme of study that will form the major part of your submission for the Honours degree examination. You will be encouraged to integrate all aspects of your research with a written thesis and the production of your final outcomes. You will produce a body of work that will demonstrate a mature visual understanding of materials, methods and processes required to transform ideas into reality.
Our graduates are known for their professional team working skills, creativity and technical proficiency.
They have been employed all over the world in a variety of specialist positions such as concept artists, animators, storyboard artists, directors, VFX artists, modellers, riggers, lighting artists, etc, in the animation, games and VFX sectors, and have credits on such films as: The Lego Movie; The Amazing Spiderman; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2; Inception; The Illusionist; Guardians of the Galaxy; such games as: Assassin’s Creed; The Last of Us; Grand Theft Auto; and animated TV shows for the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and CBeebies.
Carolo Kasongo, Freelance Junior Character Artist for Axis Animation
"Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design introduced and pointed out the tools I needed to get into the art industry and also taught me how hard I needed to work to get there. Additionally Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design trained me in the importance of being able to work on a team and alongside others on a regular basis. The animation course was a good transition from student to professional work ethics, and I’m still benefiting from learning that early on in my career."
Meg Park, Freelance Character Designer and Visual Development Artist
"Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design's Animation course gave me a great opportunity to try out each area of animation production and helped me figure out exactly which role I wanted to pursue as a career. It also provided me with a great amount of freedom to develop my own ideas and skills. I'm currently working as a freelance Character Designer and Visual Development Artist. Some of the studios I've collaborated with include Paramount Pictures, Disney and Nickelodeon. I also illustrate children's books.See more of Meg's work."
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
Fees for students starting 2018-19
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2018-19|
|Scottish and EU students||£1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2017 entry). Fees for September 2018 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2018.|
|Rest of UK students||£9,250 per year of study See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£16,450 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.|
Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.
Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.
Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.
Students applying for Animation must successfully complete our 1 year Art and Design (General Foundation) course. In this instance you should apply using the UCAS code WW12.
Alternatively, if you have already completed a recognised foundation course or equivalent elsewhere then apply directly to Animation.
You will be prompted by our Admissions Team to submit your digital portfolio (and answer a few questions in respect of your interest in studying art & design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design), via the University of Dundee Applicant Portal, thereafter, if required, we may contact you to arrange an interview in person or via Skype.
We have more information on your portfolio in our How to Apply section.
If you require further information on any aspect of the application consideration process or the undergraduate programme in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)
|Degree||UCAS Code||Unistats Data|
|Apply Now||Animation BDes||W280|