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Make your mark in cartoon art or animation. Find out about our students and graduates interaction with Aardman Animation, Marvel UK and DC Comics... and how to join them.

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  • ANIMATION, STOP MOTION ANIMATION & PUPPET MAKING, CARTOON AND COMIC ARTS

  • Whether your passion lies in the world of comic book heroes and breathtaking comic art, or youd love to make a name for yourself in the exciting field of animation, youll find weve just the degree course for you.

    At Staffordshire University, were well known for not being afraid to offer highly innovative degrees that can open the door to fascinating careers.

    In fact, it goes without saying that our BA(Hons) Cartoon and Comic Arts degree, BA(Hons) Animation degree and BA(Hons) Stop Motion Animation and Puppet-Making degree continue this tradition of innovation all to set you on the right path for a truly exciting future.

    Our Cartoon and Comic Arts degree, for example, is the only course of its kind in the UK, while our Stop Motion Animation degree is also one of only 2 courses in the UK to offer Puppet-making.

    Mark GarnerAcademic Group Leader

    MAKE YOUR MARK INCARTOON ART

    You can also take it for granted that whichever course you choose, youll be taught by industry-seasoned professionals. Plus youll use first-class facilities and state-of-the-art equipment.

    If all that wasnt enough, well also go to great lengths to assist you in finding outstanding work placements, all to help ensure you graduate with the skills that the creative industries demand.

    Over the following pages, you can read all about our degrees and why we believe you should choose Staffordshire University.

    To find out even more about us, please visit www.staffs.ac.uk/art

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    OR ANIMATION

  • 3Introduction

    Key Facts

    Why Staffs?

    Our Brilliant People

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    CONTENTS:BA (Hons) ANIMATIONUCAS code: W616BA (Hons) CARTOON AND COMIC ARTS UCAS code: W200

    BA (Hons) STOP-MOTION ANIMATION AND PUPPET-MAKING UCAS code: WW67

    Discover more: www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400

    I CHOSE THE ANIMATION COURSE BECAUSE OF THE FANTASTIC RESOURCES AVAILABLE AND THE ENTHUSIASM OF THE STAFF. I WASNT DISAPPOINTED. THE FACILITIES ARE GREAT AND THE STUDIO ENVIRONMENT THAT THE COURSE HAS BUILT UP WORKS, EMULATING THE KIND OF WORKPLACE WE WILL ENCOUNTER IN OUR FUTURE CAREERS. THE STAFF ARE COMMITTED TO ENSURING THE SUCCESS OF THEIR STUDENTS NOT ONLY IN UNIVERSITY, BUT BEYOND, AND IM VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT STUDYING ON THIS COURSE HAS PROVIDED. IM CURRENTLY AN ANIMATOR AT FWD.

    Lauren DorlingBA (Hons) Animation

  • BIG NAME EMPLOYERSYoull find our graduates working around the globe, for a wide range of companies, such as: Aardman Animations, Ragdoll Productions, Mackinnon & Saunders, Double Negative, Marvel UK and DC Comics.

    INDUSTRY EXPERIENCED LECTURERSOur lecturers offer highly relevant industry experience. Passionate about their subject, they know exactly how to equip you with the skills necessary for success.

    KEYFACTS

    HERE ARE JUST A FEW REASONS WHY WE BELIEVE YOU SHOULD STUDY WITH US. TO REALLY FIND OUT IF WERE RIGHT FOR YOU, PLEASE COME ALONG TO ONE OF OUR OPEN DAYS. WED LOVE TO MEET YOU.

    100% STUDENT SATISFACTIONAccording to the 2013 National Student Survey data, 100% of our students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.

    WORLD OF WORK FACILITIESApple computers purpose-built computer workshops state-of-the-art digital printing facilities... our Design Studios are packed with everything youll need to hone your skills and develop your creativity.

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    SKILL UPWhether its traditional life drawing, web design or animation, well equip you with the key attributes needed to join the vibrant and evolving cartoon, illustration or animation industries.

    READY TO MARVELVisiting lecturers from Marvel, DC and Dark Horse links with top names such as Aardman Animations, Sky ARTS and Carse & Waterman plus visiting storyboarders, designers, cartoonists, illustrators and more. To give you the broadest possible expertise, well introduce you to a wide range of industry professionals.

  • WORK-READY WORLD-READYStudy with us and well equip you to become The Staffordshire Graduate a world-ready professional, with the knowledge, attributes and expertise that employers look for.

    COMIC CONEach year we attend the UKs largest Comic Con MCM, where students get the opportunity to sell their work and network with professional artists. Next year were also attending the biggest German Comic Con in Erlangen (Comic Salon).

    ANIMATE OVERSEASEvery year our Animation students get to show off their work and compete in UK and overseas competitions. Youll find that its a great way to showcase your talents, raise your profile and broaden your knowledge.

    EARN WHILE YOU LEARNTake our Cartoon and Comic Arts course and youll have the opportunity to not only produce, but also publish and sell some of your work. What better way to boost your skills, catch the eye of employers and even make some money?

    5Discover more: www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400

  • Why follow the crowd when you can do something truly different and take a degree thats been created to really get you noticed?

    Designed to provide a solid grounding in storyboarding and storytelling, through drawings and artwork, our Cartoon and Comic Arts degree is for individuals who love graphics, animation and illustration and are passionate about gaining the skills necessary for employment, self-employment or freelance work in what is a truly fascinating industry.

    Whether its becoming a freelance cartoonist, illustrating for magazines and newspapers or becoming a storyboard artist within film, games design, animation or the advertising industry, this degree could be for you!

    WHYSTAFFS?

    LET YOUR INDIVIDUALITY SHOW

    We believe that creativity is all about expressing individuality. Thats why we wont try and turn you into a clone. Instead, well encourage you to develop as an individual, experimenting with techniques and discovering your own unique approach and style.

    LEARN FROM THE BIG NAMES

    As a mark of its quality, the course is supported by a number of visiting professionals. They include: John Charles (MarvelUK 2000AD), Kevin Gunstone (Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Image), Simon Donald from Viz Comics, David Lloyd V for Vendetta and Aces weekly web comic and Freelance MarvelUK Artist Jon Haward (Spiderman and 2000AD) and portfolio consultant Fig Taylor. Plus if the chance to meet some of the true heroes of the profession wasnt enough, weve also hosted guest lectures by a number of industry stars, including: Frazer Irving (Batman and the Uncanny X-Men), Graham Humphries (storyboarding and film poster design), and Neil Gibson (web comics).

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    DEVELOP NARRATIVE AND CHARACTER

    Join us on this exciting course and well nurture you in the art of visual communication the skill of letting images and words explain narratives. Learning how to develop narrative and character to strengthen and support visual imagery, youll work from concept to final design, investigating every aspect of the characters you create whether theyre satirical caricatures, anthropomorphic figures or super heroes.

    GAIN AN ENTERPRISING SPIRIT

    We know that many students choose to set up in business or freelance when they graduate. Thats why well make sure youre equipped with strong enterprise and entrepreneurial skills. Our students have already sold work at MCM Expo and the London Super Comic Convention. Were now looking towards exhibiting in Europe, the United States (New York Comic Con and San Diego Comic Con) and even the East ,to stretch the talents of Cartoon and Comic Arts students.

    BA (Hons) CARTOON AND COMIC ARTSFrom Left to right Jon Haward, Simon Donald and David Lloyd

  • 7Discover more: www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400

    BUILD YOUR SKILLS

    Because cartoons and comics cover such a huge field, well concentrate on building your drawing skills and make sure youre familiar with using the latest technologies all to give you a firm understanding of how the industry is developing.

    WORK PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

    Real world of work experience is essential for equipping you with the skills that industry demands. Thats why well go to great lengths to find highly worthwhile placement opportunities. Organisations our students have worked with include: Glorious Creative, Manchester; Love Design, Manchester; Coley Porter Bell, London; Jackson Hammond, Stoke-on-Trent; Mother Advertising, London; 300 Million, London; Saatchi & Saatchi, London; Dinosaur of Manchester, The Sunday Times and more.

    CAREER CHOICES

    Although our Cartoon and Comic Arts degree was only introduced a few years ago, our students are already being employed in a wide range of fields that call on outstanding skills. These jobs include: concept designer for a potential graphic novel, storyboarding for a BBC 3 TV series, producing work for the Guardian Newspaper, designing artwork for local companies, working with the NHS Design Group to produce childrens literature, and working as a concept designer alongside games companies. As you can see, the opportunities that a Cartoon and Comic Arts degree can open up for you are wide and varied. Because, during your studies, youll also be encouraged to produce work, have it printed and discover market places in which it can be sold, youll have a better idea of future employment opportunities after graduation.

  • Hand-drawn pictures, stop motion puppets, CGI models, found objects choose to study Animation or Stop Motion Animation and Puppet-Making at Staffordshire University and youll discover the thrill of bringing life to inanimate objects.

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