Diploma in Animation
Animation is one of the most rapidly developing areas of the creative industries and technical development. Animated sequences in feature films and television, digital special effects, animated simulation rides, education, games and interactive applications are some of the more visible applications of animation.
Animation represents the integration between art and technology. As practitioners in this innovative and dynamic field, you will need the skills necessary to demonstrate a good understanding of both the creative and the technical processes involved.
This programme is designed to develop in you an interdisciplinary culture that transcends the art/technology divide. It will form you into well-rounded professionals with broad-based animation skills by developing your creative skills as well as your technical skills. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the underlying technology and the creative practices in the field.
Level 1 comprises of a generic foundation in concepts and practical skills required for visual arts and animation production. These include concept development, production planning, a variety of basic technical skills in traditional and contemporary practical techniques, software skills, visual analysis and contextual studies.
In Level 2, you will be taught technical and vocational skills specific to your chosen area of study with a directed approach which encourages reflection. This level allows you to specialise in either 2D or 3D animation. Group projects and professional practices are introduced and emphasis is to develop your visual and verbal communication skills in a specialised field of animation. You will continue to share overarching theoretical issues and practical skills such as Acting for Animation, Drawing Classes and Programming, but this will be specifically aimed at complementing your technical specialisation.
Level 3 integrates your knowledge and encourages the transference of specialist knowledge you have acquired. You will embark on a series of commercial productions, and undertake modules which may include self-devised/directed studies or projects. The studio projects are designed to allow you to apply your technical and academic understandings and achievements to the diverse expectations of a demanding industry. In the Community Engagement module, you are required to collaborate with non-profit organisations or community interest-led projects in informal groups or formal partnerships.
Across all three levels, you are encouraged to experiment, challenging assumptions and develop your imagination; constantly challenging yourself by taking risks as an artist and to push the boundaries of your work.
Career Paths: 2D/3D Animation producer
Related Careers: Animation/Video/Film Developer and Producer, Computer/Mobile Games Developer, Illustrator