Animation BA (Hons)

With ever increasing platforms for commercial and experimental animated work, the advertising, film, games and internet industries are looking for highly creative graduate animators and skilled 3D artists.

This course will prepare you for the rapidly changing social and technological context of a career in animation. You will explore the medium using industry standard software and produce a portfolio of creative and professional work. Live projects and placements will be complemented by regular lectures from visiting animators, directors and producers from companies such as Aardman, Dneg, Framestore, The Third Floor and Studio aka.

A wide range of careers are open to animation graduates in film and television, visual effects, advertising, post production, web, apps and games design. These include roles such as animators, character designers, concept and storyboard artists, lighting specialists, 3D modellers, riggers, texture and VFX artists.

You will study through a mix of practice and theory-based learning. This mix will include lectures, seminars, workshops, individual tutorials, self- directed study and projects.


Ravensbourne students and the BBC collaborated in bringing 'a series of charming films about our historical relationship with the weather'.

I’ve just watched all of these wonderful animations from the very talented Ravensbourne students for A British History in Weather and they are lovely – moving, subtle and beautifully done. What a fantastic partnership and wonderful companions to the radio output. Thank you so much - Clare McGinn, Head of BBC Radio & Music Production

Click on the A British History in Weather link below to catch the rest of the clips. 

Creative Skillset

This course is recognised and accredited by Creative Skillset as providing exceptional standards of training in line with industry.

The Creative Skillset Tick is a quality mark of quality indicating the courses and apprenticeships best suited to prepare you for a career in the Creative Industries.

About this course


3 years full time


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Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C or above) or equivalent (including English and Mathematics) and also to hold at least one of the following or equivalent UK or international qualification:

  • 2 A levels, grades C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grades C or above
  • 2 vocational A levels, grades C or above 
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grades C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 28 points or above

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I can be more artistically entrepreneurial at Ravensbourne, it’s not only software teaching. In the future, I would like to get into a games company, I feel quite confident in wherever Ravensbourne will take me.Josh Griffen, BA (Hons) Animation

What the next three years will look like


You will be continually assessed through the presentation of project and written work. You will produce practical work and in your final year make or contribute to the making of a short animated piece. Essays, blog entries, business plans, reports and a dissertation also form part of the requirements of the course.

Year 1

You will study: time based narrative and visual studies; animation technique and visual studies; character performance and visual studies; communication and visualisation; mapping your profession; planning for enterprise, and theory and context.

Year 2

You will study: digital environments and visual studies; post production and visual effects; industry exercises; promotions and advertising; making it happen; debate and polemic, and dissertation preparation.

Year 3

You will study: advanced skills; pre- production; animation promotion; major project; major project report; taking it forward and dissertation.


Successful completion of this course can lead to postgraduate study in MA Moving Image and MA Visual Effects.

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