Pearson BTEC HNC/HND Diploma in Art and Design (Animation Film Production) supported by Sussex Coast College

Love animation and films? See yourself as an Animator, Digital Artist, Script Writer, Storyboard Artist, Compositor, CG Modeler, Director, Designer or Special Effects Maker? If you have an artistic flair or eye for design this degree-level course will kickstart your career in the animation film industry.

You will gain a fully rounded understanding of the industry by devising and producing short animation films. There are many varied and interesting skills you will develop, which include filming and directing, modelling and character design, production aspects of writing scripts, story boarding as well as editing for post-production.

Animation involves collaborative practice and you will develop team skills by taking part in production led teamwork. The course is very practical and there will be a strong emphasis on professional development and understanding job roles to set targets and goals for career plans.

Brighton Film School utilises the main principles of animation as its teaching standard. These traditional methods form the basis of all types of animation and, although you will eventually choose to specialize in one particular field of the subject, you will become familiar with all.

There will be a range of specific skills based workshops with topics including drawing skills (both traditional and digital), character development, storyboarding, scriptwriting, editing and post-production, all aspects of CGI (modelling, rigging, texturing, lighting etc), stop-motion and future technologies.

Each student will be equipped with their own workstation including the latest computers and Cintiq tablets. A wide range of film industry standard software will be used including Adobe, Autodesk Maya and Dragonframe. You will have access to the school’s state-of-the-art cameras and sound recording equipment.

Throughout the course, you will be able to attend workshops with visiting professionals from the animation and film industry. You will visit studios and facilities as well as attend screenings, exhibitions and festivals.

This vocational course will equip you with all the skills needed to start a career in animation for film and television.

Course nameAnimation Film Production HNC/HND
Start dateSeptember 2018
Duration2 years full-time
Course fees£6,165 per year (subject to review)
Entry requirementsA full Level 3 BTEC extended diploma is required or two grade C A Levels
UCAS codesCourse code: W616 Institution code: S83

What you will study

Year 1 and 2
Drawing Skills
CG Modelling, Rigging, Animation, Texturing, Lighting and Rendering
Software Specific Sessions - After Effects, Animate
Storyboarding
Layout and Pre-Production
Post-Production and Special Effects
General Cinematography
Production Skills (time management, scheduling, budgets)
Personal Presentation (CVs, Interviews, Websites, Blogs, Showreels)

Did you know that Animators earn an average salary of £35,000 per year, more than £9,000 higher than the UK average salary.