Izzy Osust
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Hi,
I am looking to apply for a 2D / 3D animation degree in the UK. I will probably specialize in 3D, however I do want a broad 1st year where I get to experience both 2d and 3D before choosing a speciality, which rules out some 2D /3D only courses.
These are the Universities I have on my list but I still have too many!

UAL London
Arts Bournemouth
Teeside University
Hertfordshire
UCA FARNHAM
Pearson College London ESCAPE STUDIOS
Nottingham Trent University

I would love any advice from anyone on these courses, or going through the same thing! It's hard as the course content looks interesting on all of these.
I would love to find a course that has strong character design elements.
I am interested in knowing about contact hours and the overall quality of teaching, taking part in competitions, work placement prospects etc and anything else you might want to share!

Also have I missed anywhere off the list that I should really give a look?
Thanks
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(Original post by Izzy Osust)
Hi,
I am looking to apply for a 2D / 3D animation degree in the UK. I will probably specialize in 3D, however I do want a broad 1st year where I get to experience both 2d and 3D before choosing a speciality, which rules out some 2D /3D only courses.
These are the Universities I have on my list but I still have too many!

UAL London
Arts Bournemouth
Teeside University
Hertfordshire
UCA FARNHAM
Pearson College London ESCAPE STUDIOS
Nottingham Trent University

I would love any advice from anyone on these courses, or going through the same thing! It's hard as the course content looks interesting on all of these.
I would love to find a course that has strong character design elements.
I am interested in knowing about contact hours and the overall quality of teaching, taking part in competitions, work placement prospects etc and anything else you might want to share!

Also have I missed anywhere off the list that I should really give a look?
Thanks
Hi Izzy,

Brilliant to see that UAL is within your shortlist for BA Animation! I can't speak on behalf of your other options, but I think a brilliant thing about this course is the specialism pathways as that's what the industry is looking for. One of these specialist pathways is Visual Effects (VFX) which gives you the experience and skills to work in the film, television and animation industries.


You'll study rendering and composition tools, procedural effects such as fire and tornadoes, and learn how to build digital creatures and characters, which is what you're looking for.


What's really great about UAL and specifically the London College of Communication is the collaboration between courses, so although you are within Animation, you are able to collaborate with students and staff on Games Design, Film Practice or Virtual Reality for example!

I hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your search!

All the best,
Mike
UAL Student Recruitment Officer
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Thank you very much for taking the time to reply, a course with specialist pathways definitely looks like a good option for me.
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(Original post by Izzy Osust)
Hi,
I am looking to apply for a 2D / 3D animation degree in the UK. I will probably specialize in 3D, however I do want a broad 1st year where I get to experience both 2d and 3D before choosing a speciality, which rules out some 2D /3D only courses.
These are the Universities I have on my list but I still have too many!

UAL London
Arts Bournemouth
Teeside University
Hertfordshire
UCA FARNHAM
Pearson College London ESCAPE STUDIOS
Nottingham Trent University

I would love any advice from anyone on these courses, or going through the same thing! It's hard as the course content looks interesting on all of these.
I would love to find a course that has strong character design elements.
I am interested in knowing about contact hours and the overall quality of teaching, taking part in competitions, work placement prospects etc and anything else you might want to share!

Also have I missed anywhere off the list that I should really give a look?
Thanks
Hi! I'm currently a game art first year at DMU which is fairly animation-adjacent. I applied/looked around a few of the universities on your shortlist (teesside, hertfordshire and farnham) for game art related courses.

That being said, i also know 2 people who applied for animation in the UK, one of which now goes to DMU with me (although this is a more 2D centric course with only the option to specialise in 3rd year, so perhaps not suited to you) but also had good things to say about Manchester Met's animation course, and one who's top choice in the UK was Bournemouth (for their focus on traditional and fundamental skills), but ultimately ended up studying abroad in Canada at Sheridan.

For specifically 3D, Hertfordshire is probably the one that springs to mind for me- the reason i decided against applying there was because their course was so animation focused but it covered all the bases for 3D work and there were a good mix of 2D and 3D projects across their showreel. The only thing I have to say for them is they came across slightly unprofessional at open day. (flashing up a google window with "how to present a google slides presentation" in the searchbar before your presentation is never a great look)

The unfortunate downside of both teeside and farnham is they happen to be located in teeside and farnham lol. Teeside is one of the greyest places in the UK north of Slough and UCA feels like a university straddling a countryside village. In my opinion there are better universities in better locations but it depends what's important to you
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