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Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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You’ll have the chance to study the broadest range of disciplines including:

drawing for animation
writing for animation
2D animation
3D animation
character animation
experimental animation
character design
story boarding
scoring for animation
The course will give you the professional, creative, intellectual and technical skills you will need to work successfully within the international animation industry.

Key features of the course
Explore the whole subject area of Animation – from drawing and writing to story boarding and direction.
Take part in live projects and competitions, giving you exposure to the industry.
Have access to industry-standard equipment and software such as Autodesk’s Maya, TVPaint Animation and Dragonframe.
Learn from course staff with industry experience and expertise in areas such as script writing and sequential drawing.
Complete short periods of work experience, to help you gain professional experience and skills.
Apply to go on an overseas exchange to a partner university in Europe through the Erasmus programme.
Exhibit your work at our Degree Shows in Nottingham in your final year.
Be selected to showcase your work at international film festivals such as Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France.

Programme structure

What you study
Year One: these two year-long modules run side by side.

Understanding Animation (100 credit points)
You’ll learn how image sequences make animation and how story boards and scene progression help the audience believe in the characters on screen. You’ll look at animation software and workflows and how to design for movement, considering movement theory, timing, spacing, weight and impact, and how things jump and walk. You’ll learn about script writing and character development for animation, think about film language and cinematography and how these are developed through story boards for animation productions. You’ll look at audio and working with actors for animation and film.

Animation Studies 1 (20 credit points)
You’ll learn about the context of modern animation, its history and its place within film studies. You will explore animation’s relationship with its audience, and how communication and story-telling take place.

Year Two: these two year-long modules run side by side.

Animation Studio (100 credit points)
In Term One, through tutorials, seminars, lectures and master classes, you’ll write, design and animate a single character that demonstrates specific character traits. This will help you to develop critical and technical skills, and group critiques and audience testing will give you feedback on your work. In Term Two you’ll develop multiple characters, concentrating on interaction, action and reaction, thinking and moving. In Term Three you’ll complete a large final project, in groups, working to a commercial brief and pitching to a client.

Animation Studies 2 (20 credit points)
You’ll explore the idea of graphical storytelling and its relationship to animation. You’ll focus on the frame, and what it means across a range of related media, and how control of the frame empowers the animator.

Final Year: these two year-long modules run side by side.

Thesis Film (100 credit points)
You’ll continue to develop your skills in pre-production, production and post-production. You’ll conceive and produce animated works for your portfolio, that demonstrate a full range of studio skills and critical understanding of the animated form. Emphasis will be placed on acting and performance, producing animated works that communicate narratives suitable for submission to animation festivals, or the portfolio of an animation professional.

Critical Document (20 credit points)
This piece of illustrated writing will explore the cultural and conceptual background of your Thesis Film. It will explore character and meaning, story and message.

Career opportunities

The School of Art & Design at NTU has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 91% of our graduates in employment or further study within six months. (DLHE 2012/13)

Employability is a key focus of this course, with modules including initiatives, such as live projects and the opportunity to exhibit your work, to help enhance your future career.

This course will prepare you to work in the digital media field, in areas such as feature films, television, heritage interpretation, advertising and games production.

You will also develop transferable skills for alternative careers in teaching, retailing, media, and freelance design.

YouFirst – working with our Employability Team
Our friendly, experience careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won’t find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States