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Animation is a growing part of the creative industries in the UK and is an excellent career option for people with strong creative instincts. Movies, television shows, computer games and websites all need skilled professional animators, and we can help you become one of those people.

Course Information

We will introduce you to the technical skills required to operate industry standard software, as well as developing an understanding of the principles underlying animation from early stop motion to the latest CGI.


Who is this course for?

An access to HE diploma is designed for adult learners (19+) to bridge the gap between GCSEs and higher education. You will be fully supported throughout the programme and will gain support with writing your personal statement and applying to university.

Funding is available through an Advanced Learner Loan. Entry is by interview, with dates occurring throughout the year. You will normally need to have GCSEs in English, maths and science at grade 4-9 but it is possible to study one of these alongside an access course. Please also check your chosen university for their entry requirements, before commencing an access to HE course.

Units / Modules

  • 2D Animation Fundamentals
  • 3D Animation Fundamentals

Optional Units

  • 3D Modelling (Max or Maya)
  • Advanced 3D Modelling
  • Concept Art and Digital Graphics
  • VFX
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • Motion Capture
  • Game Engines
  • Game Engines for Film Animation
  • 3D Environments
  • Sound for Animation
  • Post ProductionResearch
  • Animation in the Industry (Film, games, commercial, cinematography)
  • Anatomy for Character Creation
  • 3D Sculpting
  • Rotoscoping

In addition to the above units, you will also learn vital skills such as writing reports, presentational skills and researching to prepare you for higher education.

Benefits / Skills

Use software such as Autodesk Maya, Zbrush and Adobe Photoshop. Produce 2D animations and graphics. Create 3D models and animations, including the use of motion capture techniques. Learn how to use industry standard game engines such as Unreal 4. Understand simulation techniques such as particles, cloth, and fluids.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths.

Career Progression

Successful students will gain a qualification in Access to HE (equivalent to three A levels). Students can progress on to a degree course in related fields such as animation, visual effects or games development.

Course Details


1 Year

Study Type

Full time

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Course Fee (16-18)

No fee

Course Facts

The Animation industry in the UK is valued at £911.9 million.

Animation is the number one digital skill required, according to a NESTA survey.

Animation is one of the few digital industries with about 50/50 representation from men and women in its workforce.

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