• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Develop strong 2D animation skills, hone your ability to create stories with strong illustrative visuals and engaging narratives and enjoy the freedom to explore your own style and expression as an animator by taking this BA Animation (Hons) course from De Montfort University. 


The BA Animation (Hons) course from De Montfort University is for students who have a love for drawing and want to see their artwork and characters come to life. We encourage you to be innovative, creative and push the boundaries of storytelling and artistic style. You will gain a sound grounding as a generalist with the opportunity to develop more specialist skills from second year, as well as to develop new intellectual property and set new trends.

Our supportive and collaborative studio culture nurtures a friendly atmosphere that aims to encourage professional attitude and development. Teaching is delivered primarily through demonstration and practical workshop sessions, providing hands-on experience in drawing, script writing, idea generation, visual communication, pre-production, audio production and digital 2D animation practice.

Tutorials aim to provide personal feedback and are a framework for ensuring students see improvements in their work. Formative assessments include screenings of work, peer discussions and tutor led critique. Students will be briefed and supported to produce festival-ready animation, build an online presence and create an industry standard showreel.

      Reasons to study Animation at De Montfort University (DMU):

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU.
  • Support from the Leicester Media School Drawing Centre (LMSDC) providing DMU students with extracurricular pastoral support for the Visual  courses in the School.  A drawing school for developing artists and designers to have a creative forum and discourse.
  • Work placement opportunities enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement with work placements undertaken at RJDM Studios and CITV
  • Specialist facilities develop your practical and professional skills in our animation, recording and sound studios, our suite of Cintiq graphics tablets, editing suites and green/blue screen studios

Graduate Careers

The graduates are working as animators, producers, high-flying VFX technical directors, lead technical runners, compositors, modellers and designers working on TV series and films. 

They are working with international companies like Double Negative, Ubisoft (Shanghai), Jagex, MPC, The Mill, Blue Zoo, Character Shop, RJDM Animations and Ragdoll Productions and have worked on major films including ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’, 'Les Miserables', 'Superman Man of Steel', 'Thor: The Dark World', 'Ex Machina', 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' and ‘Total Recall’.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      four years with placement

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits

    390 (with a placement)

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Critical Studies 
  • 2D and Experimental Animation 
  • Animation Production 
  • Visual Communication 
  • Professional Brief

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

Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following:

  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, with Art and Design at grade C or above or
  • Art and Design BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE Art and Design course with at least 15 credits in Art and Design at merit. 
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points including Art and Design at higher level grade 5 or
  • Art and Design Foundation Diploma: Pass

Portfolio Required : You will also need a good portfolio according to the course guidelines as part of your application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13750 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 Leicester

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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