Illustration and Animation (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)

Our Illustration and Animation (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree is a four-year degree with an in-built foundation year that will provide you with the opportunity to explore a range of creative directions before embarking on more focused study in your subsequent three years of studying illustration and animation.

Course details

In your foundation year you’ll undertake a wide range of projects to help you develop the skills, techniques and work ethic you’ll need to study illustration and animation at undergraduate level. During this year you will work alongside students on our other foundation year degrees, giving you a broad range of knowledge across multiple specialisms from drawing and painting to making, performance, textiles and more.
  • Mode of study: 2 -3 days campus
  • Intake: September , January
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9,250 per year
  • Location: London

London Metropolitan University

Course overview

Your tutors will encourage you to be open-minded in your approach to each of your projects in order to help you establish a strong sense of direction for your work. You will then be able to explore what you’ve learnt through longer projects towards the end of the year.

You’ll also attend lectures and seminars that look at artistic practice in historical, contemporary, conceptual and cultural contexts.

You’ll have a number of opportunities to present and exhibit your work throughout the course. In order to gain feedback and receive guidance in your creative approach, you’ll regularly be encouraged to talk about your work in front of your classmates and lecturers. Your work will also be on show at the public exhibition, which showcases work from across the School, at the end of your foundation year.


Entry requirements

at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)

English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above or will need to take the University English test

What the students say

The highlight of my time at London Met so far has been using the resources made available by the University, especially the careers department, along with the skills obtained on my degree to successfully secure an intern position in my first year.


The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
  • Critical & Contextual Studies: Foundation (core, 30 credits)
  • Formats (core, 30 credits)
  • Project (core, 30 credits)
  • Techniques (core, 30 credits)
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 1 (Visual Communication) (core, 30 credits)
  • Design Principles (core, 30 credits)
  • Graphic Authorship (core, 30 credits)
  • Visual Research and Communication (core, 30 credits)
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 2 (Visual Communication) (core, 30 credits)
  • Exploring Design Practice (core, 30 credits)
  • Narrative (core, 30 credits)
  • Work Ready 1 (core, 30 credits)
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (Visual Communication) (core, 30 credits)
  • Final Project Realisation: Illustration and Animation (core, 30 credits)
  • Project Design and Development (core, 30 credits)
  • Work Ready 2 (core, 30 credits)