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What unis should I choose for BA Animation (2D & 3D)?

Hiya,

I'm going to submit my UCAS application as soon as I put together my portfolio and I'm struggling a bit in deciding what unis to pick as my extra options.
My top options currently are Manchester Met SODA and University of Creative Arts (Farnham) but I still need 3 others.

I've visited and done the course talk for like 12 unis and at this point I feel like I'm going insane (Kinda regretting it a little because I now have too many options).

So far the ones I'm considering the most are:
- Falmouth
- Hertfordshire
- University Arts London
- Portsmouth
- Bournemouth Arts
Not to mention there's still some I haven't visited but look good on the website too, like Ravensbourne, UWE Bristol and Leeds Arts

Ideally I would like to do combination of both 2D and 3D animation as I'm not too sure what I would prefer to specialise in 2nd & 3rd year.
Unis like Bournemouth Arts were great for 2D but they don't have much of a focus on 3D unless you decide to study 3D animation only at Bournemouth Uni next door. So idk if I should just bite the bullet and specialise already in 2D or keep my options open. Especially with the industry nowadays a lot of big studio are working with mix of both (Arcane, Spider verse, Puss In Boots, Wish, etc) so I'm not sure if it will limit my potential career opportunities in future if I only know how to do one form of animation at a professional standard.

Grades and distance from home aren't really an issue for me so I'm just trying to find the best courses in the UK that have the option for placement years.
If anyone's been to any of them as either a student or just an open day and have a 2nd opinion to give I'd love to hear. Thankyou <3
Original post by PaperCrow
Ideally I would like to do combination of both 2D and 3D animation as I'm not too sure what I would prefer to specialise in 2nd & 3rd year.
Unis like Bournemouth Arts were great for 2D but they don't have much of a focus on 3D unless you decide to study 3D animation only at Bournemouth Uni next door. So idk if I should just bite the bullet and specialise already in 2D or keep my options open. Especially with the industry nowadays a lot of big studio are working with mix of both (Arcane, Spider verse, Puss In Boots, Wish, etc) so I'm not sure if it will limit my potential career opportunities in future if I only know how to do one form of animation at a professional standard.

I'm not sure why you think AUB doesn't include 3D options (BU is a completely different university and a very very different course). The first year focuses on 2d to build up skills but after that there's plenty of options to work in 3D and there's usually 2 or 3 grad films using 3D (see https://vimeo.com/animationaub - there's a very broad variety of styles and types of animation supported, it varies between years depending on what the individual students want to do)

Have you looked at graduate films from the universities on your long list? That's often a good way to get a "feel" for if the sort of work you'd like to produce is likely to be well supported. Many of the 2023 films won't be released publicly yet if they're entered into festivals/competitions but there's usually trailers for 2023 and films from 2022 and earlier
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AUB, Herts and South Wales (in cardiff) have always been the strongest 3 options for a mix of 2D and 3D - although SW has more of a split from the start there's generally some flexibility to switch between specialties.
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Thankyou, yeah there's a few examples I really like. I think it's just when I went to the open day they only talked briefly on 3D and didn't go into as much specifics as 2D so I was a bit unsure since it seemed a bit different from what was listed on the website. They only showed like one example as well so I originally thought the uni didn't focus on teaching 3D as much as some of the other animation courses I saw.

From what you've said then I guess they probably just structured it like that in the talk because that's what most people are looking to do and what's available in first year.

But yeah it still looks really good even just from their 2D work alone and I am strongly considering it.

Thanks for the info I appreciate it!

Now I just gotta narrow it down further haha
Original post by PaperCrow
Thankyou, yeah there's a few examples I really like. I think it's just when I went to the open day they only talked briefly on 3D and didn't go into as much specifics as 2D so I was a bit unsure since it seemed a bit different from what was listed on the website. They only showed like one example as well so I originally thought the uni didn't focus on teaching 3D as much as some of the other animation courses I saw.

From what you've said then I guess they probably just structured it like that in the talk because that's what most people are looking to do and what's available in first year.

But yeah it still looks really good even just from their 2D work alone and I am strongly considering it.

Thanks for the info I appreciate it!

Now I just gotta narrow it down further haha

It might have been the person doing the talk was a big 2D fan too :biggrin: we all like to stick to our favourite subjects!
Reply 5
You probably don't need more info, but at Hertfordshire all first years study some 3D Animation (even the 2D students!). That way they sometimes discover they have a secret talent for the 3D side of things and can switch to that degree instead.
Original post by PaperCrow
Hiya,

I'm going to submit my UCAS application as soon as I put together my portfolio and I'm struggling a bit in deciding what unis to pick as my extra options.
My top options currently are Manchester Met SODA and University of Creative Arts (Farnham) but I still need 3 others.

I've visited and done the course talk for like 12 unis and at this point I feel like I'm going insane (Kinda regretting it a little because I now have too many options).

So far the ones I'm considering the most are:
- Falmouth
- Hertfordshire
- University Arts London
- Portsmouth
- Bournemouth Arts
Not to mention there's still some I haven't visited but look good on the website too, like Ravensbourne, UWE Bristol and Leeds Arts

Ideally I would like to do combination of both 2D and 3D animation as I'm not too sure what I would prefer to specialise in 2nd & 3rd year.
Unis like Bournemouth Arts were great for 2D but they don't have much of a focus on 3D unless you decide to study 3D animation only at Bournemouth Uni next door. So idk if I should just bite the bullet and specialise already in 2D or keep my options open. Especially with the industry nowadays a lot of big studio are working with mix of both (Arcane, Spider verse, Puss In Boots, Wish, etc) so I'm not sure if it will limit my potential career opportunities in future if I only know how to do one form of animation at a professional standard.

Grades and distance from home aren't really an issue for me so I'm just trying to find the best courses in the UK that have the option for placement years.
If anyone's been to any of them as either a student or just an open day and have a 2nd opinion to give I'd love to hear. Thankyou <3

Hi im in the exact same boat, thank you for making this post! I adore new stuff like arcane & puss in boots too. Wish you luck.🤞
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Original post by 800thwinner
Hi im in the exact same boat, thank you for making this post! I adore new stuff like arcane & puss in boots too. Wish you luck.🤞

No prob good luck with your own journey!

For a little update: I ended up choosing uni of the creative arts, Falmouth, Portsmouth, Bournemouth arts and Hertfordshire. Ended up not actually going with Manchester Met after going to their open day as on the website it said a mix of 3D and 2D but then on the course talk they explicitly said and made it very clear that 3D is very limited on the course and it's essentially a 2D and stop motion course but with a lesson or 2 on 3D. As for Arts London... well it's London and it's just gonna be way to expensive for me.

Now just gotta finish my portfolio, see if I'm accepted and narrow it down further 0_0 🤞

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