Introduction and Programme Aims
The Bachelor of Film and Animation is a multi-disciplinary undergraduate degree offered to participants interested in furthering their education in the fields of filmmaking, sound, animation and time-based media. This degree is designed to introduce and further specialize the learners’ in-depth understanding, knowledge, and skills in film and animation, and to extend their abilities to apply their competence in practice. This programme is suitable for students interested in digital content creation, including a variety of styles of filmmaking, audio production, and animation. Working on real-world projects in teams, students learn all aspects of digital production then specialise in film, sound or animation. Students can include courses from the Web Media and Visual Design programmes in their Film and Animation degree. Combining the art of time-based media design with the technology of filmmaking and animation, students gain first-hand experience in professional film production in both simulated and real work environments.
The programme’s flexible structure allows students to develop their skills in any aspect of film or animation production. Courses are tailored to careers that students wish to pursue.
The programme aims to:
- Provide “hands on”, highly interactive learning experiences, taking into account relevant industry issues of today, as well as issues that will fuel and inspire the fields of filmmaking, sound design, and animation in the future.
- Provide an environment which encourages students to achieve excellence within their discipline areas and to develop their cultural and aesthetic sensitivities, leading them to an understanding of human factors essential to the communication of ideas.
A graduate of this programme will have advanced skills in at least 3 of the following areas:
- Digital animation
- Audio recording
- Video production
- Mixing techniques
- Stop Motion animation
- Visual Effects (VFX)
- Audio post-production
- 3D Modeling & Animation
- Motion Graphics
- Live Event streaming
- Character Animation for Video Games
- Media Management
There is a shortage of skilled film and animation specialists in Bahrain and the GCC. This degree is a preparation for a variety of careers including:
- Video producer
- Media Manager
- Content Creator
- Social Media Manager
- Sound Designer
- Audio Engineer
- 3D Animator
- Motion Graphics Artist
- Game Designer
- Character Designer and Animator
Graduates will be sought-after employees in any company or sector of the economy that uses film, video, sound or animation as part of their business operations, e.g. media, advertising, design, marketing, travel, banking, government or universities. Many filmmakers and animators choose to become independent contractors or freelancers, working in several different sectors. Qualified graduates can also start their own companies.
Becoming a film and animation specialist requires a high level of technical expertise, combined with real-world project experience and problem-solving skills. Students work constantly on film and animation projects, from the pre-production design phase through to development and actual production, then post-production, publishing and content management. A problem-based learning approach is used in many courses to encourage learners to develop good teamwork, communication, critical thinking and leadership skills.
CLP Industry placement in advertising agencies, film and animation studios, marketing companies and other relevant places of employment will occur in Year 4 of the programme.
Bachelor of Film and Animation
In the first year of the programme students study a range of core subjects related to each area of focus: English, Audio & Video Production, Recording Principles, Mixing Techniques, and Stop Motion Animation. This enables students to choose areas of specialisation in years 3 and 4. In the second year students further develop technical skills and study the business side of the film and animation industry, as well as screenwriting and storyboarding, audio & video post-production techniques, and 3D modelling and animation. In the third and fourth years students specialize in film, sound, or animation, and have opportunities to work on industry and community projects to prepare them for entry into the industry. Students also take courses in Advanced Editing, VFX, history of cinematic arts, studio lighting, visual storytelling, motion graphics, directing, character animation, and media management.
Problem-based learning is a feature of the programme, and this approach develops strong team working, communication and critical thinking skills which are an essential characteristic of any film and animation graduate