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In partnership with Aardman – the home of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Early Man and more – this intensive 12-week course is taught by industry professionals at Aardman studios in Bristol.

The course aims to enable students to develop the core practical skills needed to become competent professional animators and to create believable characters through acting and performance. Each year it evolves with industry needs and best practice.

Students also attend specific Acting for Animation workshops, life drawing and yoga, supporting animation exercises designed to challenge and expand the students’ repertoire of performance animation.

The course has an incredibly successful track record with over 80% of graduates having worked in the industry at studios such as Aardman Features, Animortal, Blink Ink, Blue Zoo, Jellyfish, Factory Create, Traveller’s Tales and on the recent Wes Anderson Isle of Dogs feature film.

What you will study

This is a 12-week full-time intensive and practical course based at the Aardman studios in Bristol. The majority of the course is practical with students working on animation exercises to improve their skills, knowledge and experience.

Initially the course will focus on the core animation skills to ensure that students understand the key animation principles such as timing, weight and lines of action. These technical aspects of animation underpin character performance and are essential to enable students to achieve convincing performance. Further character-based performance exercises increase the understanding of Character Posing, Blocking and Plotting the action within the shot or sequence. 

The course culminates in a short character animation sequence. This sequence will be created within the parameters of a realistic production schedule and will reflect the pressures of a live production. To complement the intensive animation training, students will have life drawing sessions, acting workshops as well as industry masterclasses.

How to apply

Applicants must supply the following:

  • Please provide links to your on-line show reel (clearly stating your role on each shot) and your portfolio of supporting work.

Visit the Character Animation - PgCert page on the National Film and Television School website for more details!





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