Swansea Metropolitan University

Digital Media is a rapidly changing phenomenon, offering exciting prospects to young people with the right qualifications.  As part of Skillset Media Academy Wales, Swansea Metropolitan University’s School of Digital Media is committed to preparing students for this new world.

The School of Digital Media has strong links with industry, use the latest releases of industry standard software and has extensive facilities for the creation of 3D animation, computer games, audio, video and interactive content for the web and CD, all using the latest digital techniques.

BSc 3D Computer Animation (Creative Skillset Accreditation pending)

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Swansea Metropolitan University’s award-winning BA 3D Computer Animation course offers students the opportunity to develop skills highly sought-after by the industry. Both BSc and BA applicants are introduced to the same practices within their introductory year, establishing key skills that enable all to decide whether they would like to continue with a science or art degree.  Students begin with an introduction to design, modelling and rendering techniques (previous knowledge is not expected) within 3D, together with disciplines in the principles of computer animation and production methods in the animation industry.

In Year 2, BSc students specialise in the advanced areas of computer graphics and design using procedural methods of animation to develop dynamic simulations, innovative solutions and adapt the existing parameters of the software. 

The final year culminates in the production of a major piece of animation, as individuals develop new and exciting simulated animations and designs from initial conception through to the final digital product.

Swansea Animation Days (SAND) is now an integral part of the programme calendar. Key animators and international speakers from animation leaders such as Aardman, The Framestore and Dreamworks come to Swansea to share their insider knowledge.

This is an excellent networking opportunity for graduates from the programme who are ideally suited for employment as animation designer/programmers in the film industry, in broadcast TV, in computer games, as part of a development team in a production house, etc.

Entry Requirements

All candidates are invited to the Faculty for an informal interview. Candidates who bring a portfolio of visual work, digital or traditional, will have an advantage. All candidates must normally fulfil at least one of the following requirements:

Normally at least 180 points from at least two 6 unit awards or one 12 unit award, grade C or above in English Language (or Welsh) at GCSE level (or equivalent), together with passes at grade C or above in another 4 approved subjects. BTEC National Diploma or Certificate in a relevant academic subject. Foundation Diploma, plus one A level or AVCE in a relevant academic subject. Successful completion of an appropriate Access course. Other qualifications considered to be equivalent.


3 Years Full Time


School of Digital Media, Faculty of Applied Design & Engineering, Swansea Metropolitan University, Mount Pleasant, Swansea.

  • BSc 3D Computer Animation (Creative Skillset Accreditation pending)