Foundation Degree (FdA) Animation


Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Would you love to be a games designer or film animator?

Do you want to work in CGI, animated films, computer games, or digital post-production? This two-year programme develops your skills and uses professional engagement to build your knowledge and industry links.

During your studies, you will have access to our design studios and industry-standard software. You will also benefit from access to the state-of-the-art libraries and other learning resources of our course partner, the University of East London (UEL).

A foundation degree (FDA) is a university-level qualification, equivalent to the first two years of a BA (Hons) degree course. On completion of this course, you can progress to the BA (Hons) in Animation also offered at Barking & Dagenham College.

What will I learn?

You will develop your academic skills through critical analysis of animated films and will have the chance to develop industry links with the UK’s leading animation and media companies, with regular visits to businesses, screenings, and festivals. You will get the chance to develop independent projects and work on live client briefs.


The programme offers a mix of practical and academic experience covering traditional creative skills, the latest digital applications & specialist areas:

  • Traditional creative skills: drawing, character design, concept origination, stop motion.
  • Digital applications: Adobe Animate, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, Maya.
  • Specialist areas: 2D animation, 3D modeling and animation, games design, digital compositing, special effects.

What can I do after this course?

On completion of the FDA you could:

  • Progress into the third year of the BA (Hons) in Animation at Barking & Dagenham College
  • Progress onto a range of degree programmes at other institutions.
  • Use your portfolio, skills, and experience to pursue your chosen career in the creative sector

Entry requirements

If you’re a school leaver, we look for 64 new UCAS points or 160 old UCAS points:

  • Two A2 levels at C grade, and/or
  • MPP on a BTEC National Diploma.

Our main focus is on your creative work. So you can still apply even if you don’t have the stated UCAS points, but have a strong portfolio to show us.

We also welcome applications from mature students with relevant experience.

Click here to download the Foundation Degree in Animation programme specification.

Awarding Body/ Validated by:

University of East London


Barking & Dagenham College reserve the right to change course details. Please note that the fees displayed are for the entire course for all one-year courses. Where the course duration is more than 1-year additional fees apply for the subsequent year(s).All course fees are currently based on 2016/17 courses, fees for courses starting from September 2017 onwards may be higher. All courses are subject to satisfactory numbers being accepted. Barking & Dagenham College reserves the right in their absolute discretion to cancel any course which cannot be run economically. Awarding Boards also change courses from time to time. Barking & Dagenham College cannot accept responsibility if the college is closed due to industrial action, adverse weather conditions or natural disasters.

Last updated Oct 2018

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