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Illustration Animation BA(Hons): Links with business and industry

Competitions and collaborations on this course

Vintage Books competition

An annual competition is run by Vintage Books with final-year students on this course. Read more about the 2016 competition.

Royal Opera House collaboration

Each year students on this course work with the Royal Opera House to create a series of short films in response to selected operas.

View a selection of the films on the Student animation work page.

Other projects

In recent years we have also worked on projects with Jack Wills, Anthony Nolan, The Natural History Museum and The Horniman Museum, to name a few.

How we work with industry partners

Many members of staff also work in relevant industry sectors. This means:

  • their teaching includes up-to-date professional experience; 
  • they can tell you what life in industry is really like; and
  • they can help you balance creating inspiring, challenging work with meeting the needs of your client. For example, Walker Books' art director, Ben Norland, takes time out to work with Level 2 and Level 3 students. 

We aim to give you real experience of professional working life. We encourage you to participate in national competitions and high-profile events. Outside companies set projects, often awarding placements or prizes to the best. This can make a great addition to your CV.  

Our students' exceptional achievements in major design competitions and film festivals mean employers appreciate the calibre of our graduates. Recent competition winners include:

  • It's Nice That, The Graduates – Jennifer Zheng (2016)
  • Royal Television Society Student Award and professional Public Choice Animated Film Award at the British Animation Awards – Markus and Tommy Vad Flaaten (2016)
  • D&AD New Wood Pencil – Jade Evans, Tom Fisher, Katy Wang, Kalle Jurvanen (2016)
  • It's Nice That, The Graduates – Michael Driver (2015)
  • It's Nice That, The Graduates – Alice Stewart (2014)
  • Macmillan Children's Books Competition Digital Award winner and second place Puffin Prize winner – Lorna Scobie (2012)
  • D&AD Best of Animation New Blood – Stephen Middleton (2012)
  • Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2010 – Napatsawan Chirayukool (2010)
  • BAFTA winners at the British Academy Children's Awards – Ben Wright and Will Milton (2010)

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