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CG Arts and Animation, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Canterbury, United Kingdom
The areas of CG arts and computer animation communicate to a range of audiences. From digital animation to special effects, this internationally-recognised degree course equips you to produce work from concept art to 3D digital production for film, television, games and events.
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Key study topics include:
  • Storyboarding and 3D pre-visualisation
  • Digital set building
  • Character set-up and animation
  • Visual effects and animation
  • Independent and collaborative CG arts and animation projects
  • Publishing and promotion.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Year 1

  • The CG Artist's Toolkit - this unit comprises three components -Drawing, Animation & Character, and Autodesk Maya & Supporting Software. Together, they make-up the CG artist's toolkit, skillsets fundamental to the origination and execution of innovative, technically accomplished computer generated imagery and animation.
  • Space and Environment - requires you to investigate ways in which space can be represented dynamically through the development and production of original concept art and an original digital set. Working from developmental drawings and concept art, you pre-produce and execute work that demonstrates understanding of mise-en-scène and environment-derived narratives.
  • Storytelling & Commission - brings together the educational experiences of your first year and requires you to engage in creating narrative-based work and developing a complete computer generated animation.
  • Contextual Studies - encourages you to investigate culture and history, providing an introduction to studies that explore representation and how contemporary cultural phenomena communicate to audiences. The unit will address questions about how we receive information about the world in which we live, what we understand by language, and how we attribute meanings to things.

Year 2

  • Narrative and Character - this unit aims to enhance your understanding of genre and character. Genres are formed by conventions and characteristic devices that structure audience expectation. Likewise, the role of a character designer is to act as a visual casting director and develop characters that fulfil the story and performance requirements of a script. Effective character design is essential to animation for conveying personality, role, and story. This unit requires students to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of narrative and character conventions.
  • Adaptation: Professional Practice - requires you to adapt creatively an existing source or body of information and marks a key transition from directed to self-directed study. This unit also includes a professional practice element. Whilst developing work for Adaptation you may also engage in self-initiated work placement.
  • Critical Perspectives - this unitstarts with an introduction to the body of theoretical ideas that emerged in the second half of the twentieth century around the concept of postmodernity. The unit then goes on to address the need to formally place their work within complex frameworks of theory and practice.

Year 3

  • Minor Project - requires you to develop and execute a creatively and technically sophisticated project that demonstrates knowledge of professional practices representative of recognised cg industry pipelines.
  • Major Project - requires you to demonstrate innovative and sophisticated approaches to CGI and animation supported by an advanced creative methodology.
  • Dissertation - consists of a substantial period of sustained, individually-devised research on a subject that is related to the contextual and/ or theoretical concerns of the your discipline or professional area, towards the provision of structured written argument.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Entry requirements

The following qualifications and minimum requirements will be considered:

  • Minimum entry criteria of 220-240 UCAS tariff points, see list of accepted qualifications for further details
  • OR pass at UALAB Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3)
  • OR pass at BTEC / UALAB Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma
  • OR Access Diploma


  • Four GCSE passes at grade C or above, including English or Key Skills Communication Level 2.

Other relevant and equivalent UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13540 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13540 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Canterbury

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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