Games Animation, Modelling and Effects (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Games Animation, Modelling and Effects (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree has a built-in foundation year, designed to teach you the core skills you’ll need to succeed in the following three years of your course.

This four-year degree is ideal if you can't meet the entry requirements for a standard three-year degree. This degree will provide the first step towards starting your career in animation and effects within the gaming industry.

More about this course

Your foundation year will teach you the fundamentals of digital design and image making, as well as creative practice in terms of composition and colour. You’ll produce work in different formats such as a journal, album and instruction manual. You’ll also create a project within a subject area of your choosing, allowing you to explore the more technical aspects of design. 

Year 0 will ensure you are well-equipped to begin Year 1 of your games animation degree. You’ll be supported by our dedicated staff who will help you find your academic strengths and build your confidence. The foundation year on this course is shared with numerous other foundation year degrees, meaning you’ll interact and learn with students who are interested in other specialist areas.

Throughout the rest of the course you’ll become familiar with animation, rendering, modelling, lights/cameras and visual effects (VFX). This course has been designed with computer games professionals and games industry body TIGA.

The foundation year of this course is shared with other games-related foundation degrees, so you'll get to study among students who share a variety of interests. 

Following your foundation year, you'll study the same course content and modules as those who study the standard three-year degree. You'll also graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who study our Games Animation, Modelling and Effects BA (Hons) degree.

If you'd like to change your specialism by the end of your foundation year, there will be some flexibility to allow you to do this.


You'll be assessed through coursework, on-going in-class tests, group work and presentations You'll also receive regular feedback from your tutors. Unseen exams generally won’t be used to assess your skills (with the exception of a small component in one of the Level 4 modules – 3D Modelling).

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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • 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/grade 4 or above or will need to take the University English test

Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D/grade 3 in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Year 0 modules include:

  • Programming
  • Cyber Attack Prevention
  • Computer Networking
  • Mathematics

Example Year 1 modules include:

  • Game Design
  • 3D Modelling
  • Digital Design and Image Making
  • Introduction to Drawing and Animation

Example Year 2 modules include:

  • Modelling and Texturing
  • Digital Toy Design
  • Advanced 3D Modelling & Animation
  • Moving Image and VFX 

Example Year 3 modules include:

  • Project
  • Advanced Scripting for Graphics and Games
  • Work Related Learning II 
  • Games Asset Development
  • Visual Effects for Computer Graphics and Games

After the course

You can choose from a wide variety of creative careers upon graduating from this degree.

You could find employment as an animator, applications developer, games designer, games developer, multimedia programmer, software engineer or a visual effects artist.

What is a degree with foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

Applicants for September part-time entry should apply direct to the University using the online application.

Non-UK and EU applicants for September entry may apply via UCAS, but may also apply directly to the University via the apply online button.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course.

Our UCAS institution code is L68.

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