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Animation - BA (Hons)
At ECA we will encourage you to challenge your preconceptions of what animation is, and to deepen your understanding of how to use animation to communicate with others. In simple terms, you will be taught how to bring drawings, paintings, objects, models, puppets and text to life, whether they are generated physically, by hand, or virtually, by computer. You won’t just make things move, you will imbue them with heart and soul. Your work will not only engage audiences: it will encourage them to willingly suspend their disbelief.
If you want to create worlds, characters to populate them, and show the events and consequences of living within those worlds in film, then we want to talk to you.
How you will be taught
The course is small, which allows us to teach in ways that are unique within the UK, but its scope is great and the success of our graduates is even greater. Our philosophy is non-prescriptive about technique: you will learn many different ways to animate, rather than focusing on one particular method. We are also non-prescriptive about what your final projects will be. Most of our students make films, some make games or apps, or make music videos. We value teamwork almost as much as employers do, but you will also get many opportunities to work solo. We are one of the few courses in the UK that will give you the opportunity to make a film that’s entirely your own, and allow you to develop a voice that is uniquely yours.
Our animators have gone on to work for studios including Aardman, for directors such as Tim Burton, for video games companies including Rockstar North, post-production houses such as Rushes, Framestore and MPC, to set up their own studios, or to work as independent filmmakers winning multiple awards at a local, national and international level.
Top five reasons to choose the programme
- Our students and alumni have made this programme one of the most successful in the UK in terms of festival and competition wins. Recent wins include the 2013 BAFTA for short animation, best graduate film at Annecy in 2012, and a special jury prize at Annecy in 2013.
- Our programme offers you a unique synthesis of digital and analogue techniques; we will teach you how to use our wide range of facilities including CGI labs, stop frame studios and rostrum cameras.
- The programme’s teaching and technical staff are a team with diverse and extensive commercial experience across the broadcast, film and interactive animation industries.
- We give final year students an opportunity, that is rare within the HE sector, to make films on their own, or as part of a team.
- Each year we invite internationally renowned animators to visit the department and deliver a lecture series for our students and staff.
Individual workstations, dedicated computer facilities, and access to flatbed screen-printing and digital printing.
Including journals, image databases, and local collections.
A fully operational, entirely student-run 90-seat theatre housed in a neo-gothic church.
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The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh’s historic collections.
Work spaces are available across the University. ECA's computers include software tailored to the disciplines studied here.
At the heart of the Evolution House Learning and Research Zone, the ECA Library provides an innovative environment for learning, teaching and research resources in art and design.
ECAfé provides a full catering service to all staff, students and visitors to Edinburgh College of Art.
Edinburgh Global's mission is to encourage internationalisation, enhance the student experience, create and develop partnerships.
EUSA represent the student voice. They provide services, run events, and facilitate student societies.
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A Georgian garden that doubles as a venue for performances in the centre of the city.
The primary collection of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and research material.
By day, a café, bar and study space, and by night a club venue. Potterrow’s dome is also home to the Advice Place and the Potter Shop.
Includes a screen-printing room, relief room, lithography room, process room, intaglio room, and caseroom.
The neo-classical Sculpture Court in the ECA Main Building is home to the many pieces from the Edinburgh Cast Collection, and is regularly used for student exhibitions.
Caters to a diverse range of users from occasional exercisers to international athletes.
Offering counselling services for students, workshops, consultation and training for staff.
Supporting students with dyslexia, mental health issues and students on the autistic spectrum, as well as those who have physical and sensory impairments.
Talbot Rice Gallery is the public art Gallery for the University of Edinburgh.
Home to six distinctive bars, Teviot is the oldest purpose built students' union in the world.
A hub for the University Societies and setting regular live music, comedy, spoken word and poetry nights.
A bar at the Lauriston Campus which hosts regular events including club nights and gigs.
Woodworking tools and machinery include laser cutters, a vacuum former, and a 3D scanner and printer.
News & events
ECA is hosting its annual marathon for composers and animators from across Europe.
Students producing Edinburgh-themed colouring book for Dragon’s Glen competition.