Bradford was a major platform for me to grow...I'll never regret the times I spent there nurturing my learning and making great friends. The facilities at the University of Bradford labs and the library were indispensable for my own research, and the teachers always supported us no matter what we chose to do.
This course offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in industry between your second and final year.
During the second year of your study we organise a number of activities to help students find placements. These include sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers service at the University and presentations by both employers and previous year's students on their placements.
Students who endeavour to, and take up the placement year will have support and guidance from a placements tutor throughout to monitor and support your progress.
After completing the year, students return to study the third academic year of their course, and we often find students return with a drive to continue their studies.
Many students continue their relationship with their placement employers working for them part-time, developing Final Year Projects with them or going back to them into graduate positions.
Learning and assessment
Learning takes place in a wide variety of formats. Some days you will be in lectures and seminars, others you will be having personal tutorials, having a casual chat in a group project, or even having a transatlantic discussion with an industry professional.
All modules require you to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment.
Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the course provides you with ongoing guidance and support. Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams.
Our production facilities include:
- 16 camera Vicon optical motion capture system
- animation labs with state of the art workstations and the latest industry standard software such as Maya, ZBrush, Houdini and Nuke
- stop-motion lab with Dragonframe software
- dedicated Chroma Key Studio
- drawing studio
- render farm
- extensive range of cameras, including 4 and 6k cinema cameras and ENG cameras
- audio recording studio, and professional editing systems
Equipment is free for students to use and small budgets are provided for project work. All course books, journals and online resources are provided in the library.
All of our courses offer the opportunity to study abroad, with two semesters in an international partner institution.
Recently two of our Animation students studied in Japan.
A comprehensive support network is here for you to ensure you reach your academic potential and go on to further success in the future.
You’ll benefit from a range of support services, including:
- Personal Academic Tutor
- student support / administration team
- Academic Skills Advice service
- Career and Employability Services
- Disability Service
- well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities
Our academic team is friendly and easy to access. We always answer communication promptly and all have regular office hours to provide advice and support.
All our staff are research active, and are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines.
The University of Bradford has a strong pedigree of world-leading research, and our aim is to ensure that students benefit from our staff’s insight into the future of their subject.
The integration of new and innovative research findings into our curriculum, known as Research Informed Teaching, is a core value and one of the key principles driving the design of our programmes and our modules.