2 years full-time for FdA (Foundation degree)

Upon successful completion of this course you'll have the option to join NTU's BA (Hons) Animation and top-up to a Level 6 qualification. Please read the Progression section for further details.

Confetti, Nottingham

UCAS course code:

Institution code:

  • 64 UCAS Tariff points; and
  • GCSE - English and Maths Grade C / 4

To find out what qualifications have tariff points, please use our tariff calculator.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors. Find out more about advisors in your country.

Fees & funding

Visit our fees & funding page for more information.

Additional Costs:

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

We advise you to budget between £50 - £250 for an external hard drive and appropriate art and design materials (sketch books, pencils etc.). Whilst you will be provided with storage for your work on the servers it is also good practice to back up your digital files to an external source.

Library books
Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips
All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs
The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

In just two years, our Animation foundation degree will transform you into a skilled animator. Learn from expert tutors, collaborate on real-world projects with industry partners, and master diverse animation styles and techniques. Equip yourself with the technical tools to unleash your artistic vision, becoming a part of the global animation industry.

This Animation foundation course aims to create ambitious graduates who are equipped with the relevant skillset for entry into the animation industry by ensuring the industry’s voice is embedded at the heart of the curriculum.

Therefore employability is an integral element of the course and you will be trained on the latest industry-standard software and hardware combined with ample opportunities throughout the programme to undertake appropriate work-based learning.

Within individual modules the delivery of the material encourages increasing levels of skill development and student participation, ensuring that, as you progress through the course, you become a more confident and independent learner.  We aim to include a range of methods of delivery that may include;

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshop
  • Group tutorials
  • Academic Tutorials
  • Presentations and pitches
  • Team working
  • Independent learning
  • Visiting industry professionals

All the modes of delivery are structured to develop on-going abilities and skills through exploring ideas and problem solving. The course will offer a broad range of assessment methods.

A variety of formative and summative assessment methods will be employed throughout the course such as:

  • presentations
  • idea development
  • research led projects
  • live briefs
  • essays
  • reports

Each assessment undertaken for each module will enable you to develop specific skills required by an animator.

A two year Foundation degree is a great choice if you want to have the option to graduate with a Level 5 qualification and start your creative career early. With an accessible UCAS tariff – this type of degree is perfect for you if you prefer a more practical approach to your studies. After completing two years you will graduate with an FdSc/FdA qualification and choose whether you want to continue and enroll on a top up year for a full BSc/BA qualification or whether you would rather stop your education and start your creative career.

What you'll study in year 1

Learn the foundational principles and techniques of animation. Explore key concepts such as timing, spacing, squash and stretch, and more.

This module provides the building blocks for creating captivating animations and brings your creative visions to life.

Gain hands-on experience in various animation methods, from 2D to 3D animation, stop motion, and digital tools. Develop your skills and learn how to apply different techniques to convey your ideas effectively.

Visual storytelling is a powerful form of communication that transcends linguistic and cultural boundaries. In this module, through a blend of theory and hands-on practice, you will learn to harness the visual medium to convey compelling narratives, emotions, and ideas.

You will explore the fundamental principles of storytelling and gain insights into how visuals can be used to engage, inform, and captivate your audience. The module will also dive into various storytelling techniques across different creative fields and you will have the opportunity to apply these techniques in your chosen discipline, ensuring that you can weave impactful narratives that resonate with your audience.

Explore the rich history and contemporary developments in the world of animation. This module provides an in-depth look at the theory, practice, and impact of animation in various mediums.

Analyse animation styles, cultural influences, and the works of renowned animators to gain a deeper understanding of this dynamic art form.

What you'll study in year 2

This module will explore advanced concepts and techniques in order to develop your proficiency in using 2D or 3D animation methods by allowing you to delve into the advanced aspects of animation production.

The module encourages hands-on practice, allowing you to apply your newfound skills to create captivating animations.

Storyboarding for Animation is the creative blueprint that enables you to bring your ideas to life. This module immerses you in the art of storytelling through visual sequences, providing the foundational skills necessary for crafting compelling narratives in animation.

You will learn about animation layout and learn how to develop storyboards through to animatic stage. Whether you're passionate about 2D or 3D animation, this module will equip you with the tools to bring your stories to life.

In this module, you'll apply the knowledge, skills, and techniques acquired during your course to produce a captivating and polished animation project. Whether your passion lies in 2D or 3D animation, this module empowers you to become a proficient animator, capable of developing animations that tell compelling stories or convey impactful messages.

Furthermore you will develop the ability to plan, organise, and manage animation projects effectively, including time and resource management.

In this module, you'll acquire the knowledge and skills essential for thriving in the ever-evolving creative industries. Delve into the dynamic landscape of this sector, gaining insights into the various roles and responsibilities specific to your discipline.

Explore the wide array of employment routes and opportunities within your area of expertise, and examine the nuances of freelance work. You will work on a live brief to help develop those crucial networking skills, equipping you for success in this vibrant field.

Additionally you will explore the impact of digitally networked cultures, creative portfolios, brand-building, sustainable digital business models and the impact of new technologies

On this course you'll study in Confetti HQ - our £9.1million digital media hub. You’ll have access to:

  • Industry Spec Workstation PCs
  • Bookable Green Screen studio space
  • Motion capture studio
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Autodesk suite

Work experience

Our Talent Development team work closely with Course Leaders to link students with opportunities across the industry. As a student studying at Confetti, you'll also benefit from its commercial creative businesses.

These include Metronome, our live music and events venue; our esports and live streaming complex, Confetti X; commercial broadcast television channel, Notts TV; and Antenna; a co-working space for the creative industries.

There will be regular opportunities to work with these businesses, whilst Confetti also supports and has connections with local music festivals, creative businesses, and is part of Nottingham Trent University.

At Confetti, we offer students the chance to ‘Do It For Real’ – to get out into real industries and experience working in various roles that will add to your professional portfolio.

Our Talent Development team work closely with Course Leaders to link students with opportunities across the graphic and digital design industry.

In a thriving city, students will have the chance to work with a wide range of organisations, big and small. Check out this recent blog on how a leading Nottingham creative agency is providing work experience and job opportunities for Confetti students.

Industry Week

We offer lots of opportunities to our students throughout the year, but we really dial it up with our annual Industry Week. Like no other, we go off timetable for a week, inviting some of the biggest names the creative industries to deliver talks, workshops and masterclasses for our students. We organise these types of events to enrich our students' education with real world experiences.

Check our our past Industry Week guests on our OnDemand service here.

Top-up to a full honours degree

After finishing your foundation degree, you may decide to go straight into industry or top-up to a full honours degree.

If you achieve a Commendation or higher grade, you'll be able to progress onto the Level 6 (Final Year) of the popular BA (Hons) Animation at NTU course.

For those completing their foundation degree with a Pass, you'll have the opportunity to progress onto Level 5 (Year Two) of the course.

If you choose to progress onto the full honours degree at NTU, you'll be invited to a transition tutorial with the Illustration course team at NTU. The aim of the tutorial is for you to meet the course team; present your work; and for the team to ensure any appropriate support (if necessary) is made available to you before you progress.

Future careers

You can also move straight into your career, in areas which might include:

  • Concept Artist
  • Art Director
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Character Designer
  • Background Designer
  • Modeller
  • Animation Technical Director
  • Layout Artist
  • Rigger
  • Lighting Artist
  • Junior Artist
  • Effects Technical Director

Open Days

Saturday 2 March - London
Saturday 23 March - Nottingham
Saturday 27 April - Nottingham