Creative Arts and Digital Media

The Animation Industry

Leaflet Code: CR28842FT


Students will study the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in The Animation Industry encompassing associated digital art and motion skills. This will equip them with the technical and conceptual skills they need to bring their ideas and creativity to life through a series of challenging client led and contextual practical briefs, workshops and seminars.

  • City Campus Manchester
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • September 2024

Staff teaching in the course are educated to Master’s degree level and/or have extensive connections with local industry.
All are experienced lecturers with a wealth of creative and technical knowledge and experience across the world of animation, motion design and digital arts.
Staff keep up to date with sector activity through industry engagement and client-projects and attending specialist events and training.

• 64 UCAS points in a related subject area.

• We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4.

• Students that have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Course work is assessed at regular staging points throughout the duration of the course. The primary method of assessment will be through practical projects, submitted as you create a portfolio of work that demonstrates technical and creative know-how. This will be supported where appropriate by research, production logs and presentation of work.

There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All the books required for the course are available from the library and you will have access to industry standard computers and software on campus.

However, you may choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a computer which is highly recommended.
Estimated costs for an appropriate laptop/desktop starts at around £900. Please speak with your course tutor for advice on buying computers/equipment.
You will be provided with Wacom drawing tablets in class but my want to purchase one of your own. Prices start at around £40 for the cheapest model.

A set of drawing/art materials and sketchbook is also advisable for concept development.

Teaching materials are provided online, and assignments are submitted electronically. However, you might also wish to print other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.