BA (Hons) coursesAnimation Production

Your Future Career

Our graduate career success is extremely high and it’s a subject the course team are very proud of. Our graduates are working globally in many studios and we have high retention rates with students often being ‘snapped up’ pre graduation.

Over 90% of our graduates from 2012 now work in animation or a related role. This number has increased over five per cent since 2010.

Our students work in 2D traditional animation, 3D computer animation, stop motion puppet animation, games art direction and many other areas of animation and film. The recognition the course receives for the quality of the students and for the professional studio model environment that we create has meant that the industry approaches us when recruiting for their latest projects.

The course team actively networks and engages professionally within all areas of the industry and this collaborative partnership means that students are fully prepared for employment. Graduates have been involved with many high profile productions, including Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride. Blue Sky Productions, New York, employed graduate Tori Davis for her skill in Background Art and Design.

Cosgrove Hall has employed Richard Haynes director of the film The Typewriter. Students have also gone on to work with Walt Disney Productions and major video games companies such as Electronic Arts and animation companies such as Aardman Animations. Director Sylvain Chomet has recruited many of our graduates for his latest feature The Illusionist.

Graduate, Guillermo Garcia, after working for Cartoon Network, established Zinkia Entertainment, Spain, to make the award winning children’s series Pocoyo, in association with Granada Television.

The list below is just some of the studios where our students are employed:

Pixar (USA), Aardman Productions (UK), Electronic Arts Games (UK), Rocksteady Studios Ltd (UK), Rare Ltd (UK), Climax Games (UK), Cosgrove Hall (UK), Framestore CFC (UK), The Mill (UK / USA), Double Negative (UK), Sylvain Chomet, King Rollo Films (UK), Lucas Arts (USA), Industrial Light and Magic (USA), Walt Disney Productions (UK / USA), Moving Picture Company (UK), Django Films (UK), Ink Digital (UK), Warner Brothers, Blue Sky Studios (USA), Karrot Animation (UK), Nexus (UK), Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (Norway), Bang Bang Studios (Portugal), Zinkia Studios (Spain), Blur Studio (USA), Passion Pictures (UK), Summerton Mill (UK).

Our Careers and Employability service provides a wealth of support, advice and guidance to help your career take off in the right direction. Find out how they can help you find a career you’ll love here.

Isobel Stenhouse – 2005 Alumni

Full Time courses / Higher Education / Undergraduate / BA (Hons) Animation / Animation Production Graduate / Alumni Case Study – Published 27th Mar 17

“Back in 2006 I was one of the fortunate AUB grads who started their careers on Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist. After a year in live-action props, I couldn’t resist the chance to work on a 2D feature, initially as a layout artist and then as an animation assistant within a talented international team.

“This led to a move to Paris for more exciting projects, such as the pilots of Longway North and Red Turtle, a supervisory role in the Philippines, and one apartment move too many! So I headed back to London in 2013 and the jobs have steadily rolled in.  It seems that software such as TVPaint has helped rejuvenate the 2D industry.

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Ashley Boddy – 2007 Alumni

Full Time courses / Higher Education / Undergraduate / BA (Hons) Animation / Animation Production Graduate / Alumni Case Study – Published 17th Mar 17

Ashley Boddy graduated from BA (Hons) Animation Production in 2007 and was accepted into the Aardman Animations story department as an intern.

He first worked as a story artist on the award winning TV series ‘Shaun the Sheep’ before going on to the feature film story crew, working on the Oscar nominated feature animation ‘Pirates in and Adventure with Scientists’. Following his work on Pirates he then worked on the Oscar and BAFTA nominated ‘Shaun the Sheep: the Movie’.

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Magnus Kråvik and Katerina Pantela – 2012 Alumni

Full Time courses / Higher Education / Undergraduate / BA (Hons) Animation / Animation Production Graduate / Alumni Case Study – Published 14th Mar 17

Magnus Kråvik and Katerina Pantela both graduated from BA (Hons) Animation Production in 2012. Shortly after they were both offered jobs in Dublin, Ireland, and moved there together.

Katerina started as a 2D animator for Boulder Media while Magnus went to Brown Bag Films as a storyboard revisionist.

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Ricky Earl – 2010 Alumni

Full Time courses / Preparation for HE / Higher Education / BA (Hons) Animation / Animation Production Graduate / Alumni Case Study – Published 6th Mar 17

Ricky Earl graduated from BA (Hons) Animation Production in 2010, and spent a few months working as an animator for London based animation studio Karrot.

He then went to work on animated short film Storm based on a poem by Tim Minchin. The film was long-listed for the BAFTAs 2011. Ricky also spent some time working on DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots: the Video Game.

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Nicola Coppack – 2008 Alumni

Full Time courses / Higher Education / Undergraduate / BA (Hons) Animation / Animation Production Graduate / Alumni Case Study – Published 6th Mar 17

Nicola Coppack graduated from the BA (Hons) Animation Production course in 2008. She then worked for three years as an animator at Fabrique d’ Images in Luxembourg on various projects, including animates series Pipi, Pupu and Rosemary and Grenadine et Mentalo.

After a quick pit stop in the UK in 2011 working as a freelance animator for London based animation studio Karrot she returned to Fabrique d’ Images, this time as Animation Team Leader for animated children’s’ series Michel.

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Emma Harris – 2010 Alumni

BA (Hons) Animation Production Alumni Case Study – Published 17th Apr 14

After graduating from AUB in 2010, I trained at Aardman Animation on ‘The Pirates, An Adventure with Scientists’ where I did my work experience, and was accepted onto an animation training course with Mackinnon and Saunders. I have since been back to Mackinnon and Saunders in between projects at Aardman to work as an animator.

I have worked on five Shaun the Sheep projects – Nintendo DS, Championsheeps, Series 3, Series 4, with the movie being my 5th – and have been within the company for three years. I’m currently an assistant animator at Aardman Animation working on the Shaun the Sheep feature film.

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Amy Davis – 2007 Alumni

BA (Hons) Animation Production Alumni Case Study – Published 10th Apr 14

After graduating in 2007, I started working at Framestore as a runner. After several years working my way up in the studio, I am now a Digital Compositor in the film department.

I have worked on a number of great projects including the Harry Potter films, Sherlock Holmes 1&2 and Warhorse. This year I was part of the team that won the Oscar and BAFTA for Best VFX for our work on Gravity.

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Richard Burnside – 2009 Alumni

BA (Hons) Animation Production Alumni Case Study – Published 10th Apr 14

Richard Burnside graduated in 2009 and was employed by London based VFX house Double Negative as a Matchmove Artist later that year.

Still with Double Negative today he has gone from matchmoving to modelling and is now Lighting Technical Director. His filmography includes Iron Man 2, Inception, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Captain America, Total Recall, Fast and Furious 6, Jupiter Ascending and Interstellar.

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Sean McCormack – 2008 Alumni

BA (Hons) Animation Production Alumni Case Study – Published 18th Sep 13

"I am currently a director at the Fabrique d'Images. I'm directing my first feature (working title: Oops, Noah is Gone!) alongside Toby Genkel, an extremely talented German director. It is a German, Luxembourgish, Irish and Belgian co-production and should be finished some time in early 2015. I'm also directing a short film - The Light Eater - to be finished in early 2014.

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Simon Ashbery – 2010 Alumni

BA (Hons) Animation Production Alumni Case Study – Published 18th Sep 13

I'm currently a Generalist Artist working at Bossa Studios in Shoreditch, London. I work with a small team of dedicated and creative individuals where we produce games for the social and mobile market.

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