Summer: Animation

Houses Animation by short course student Rhea Bowers.

Cat Animation by short course student Tatiana Kharitonova.

Animation created by Summer Animation students at London College of Communication.

YOLO Animation by short course student Sandra Nicolas.

Mask Animation by short course student Miti Shah.

Cabaret Animation by short course student Martin Agombar.

Do you want to explore one of the most dynamic design areas in a city famous for pushing the boundaries of animation? This exciting three-week animation course is designed to give you a playful, creative learning experience whilst you develop your animation portfolio...

Taught by: A respected industry expert


Do you want to explore one of the most dynamic design areas in a city famous for pushing the boundaries of animation? This exciting three-week animation course is designed to give you a playful, creative learning experience whilst you develop your animation portfolio. Taught by expert staff with tons of industry experience you will be based in LCC's extensive digital studios. At the end of the three weeks you will have created new work that you can include in a portfolio for work or study. 

The focus is on the Principles of Animation and Visual Narrative via a set of fast paced digital workshops and a short project. During the three weeks you will follow the digital animation process - beginning with drawn storyboards, taking part in technical workshops and ending the course by pitching and showing your ideas. You will learn how to create movement on screen first by studying the principles of animation, moving on to narrative development and short film production. 

By the end of the course you will have developed different ways of working, collaborate,visit exhibitions, research and test your ideas in practice. 

Course Aims

  • Develop your ideas through observation, research and storyboarding
  • Develop storyboarding, 3D modelling software and presentation skills appropriate to your project
  • Plan and create a short animated sequence
  • Present your design development and outcomes

Learning Outcomes 

  • An ability to research ideas that can be developed into animated designs (Research, Subject Knowledge)
  • An ability to communicate ideas and concepts through storyboards and 3D animation (Communication and Presentation)
  • A knowledge of storyboarding, 2D and 3D animation software (Technical competence)

Requirements for Assessment 

  • Sketchbook and drawings 
  • Presentation of ideas
  • Short animated sequence

Please note that drawing and storyboarding will be a key part of the course for ideas generation, story development and pitching, but the project you work on will be produced with digital animation using a computer. 


Week One - 2D Animation and Pre-Production 

Focus on ideas, research, storyboarding and presenting your ideas. 

Research Trip
Pre-production project 

Week Two - 3D Animation and Production 

There will be a range of technical workshops on: drawing for animation, storyboarding and animistic development using 2D and 3D animation software. 

3D Animation with Autodesk Maya
Narrative Structure
3D Modelling: Characters
3D Modelling: Lighting and Rendering

Week Three - Post-Production and Project 

In the final week you will have developed a short film using the different software and techniques you learnt during the previous weeks. You'll get feedback on your portfolio from your tutor and classmates, helping your future portfolio development.  At the end you will have the chance to show your work in a mii-exhibition alongside students from film, graphic media design and photography. 

Individual project 
Sound Effects
Adobe After Effects for Post-Production
Presentation and Feedback 
Production screening

Follow On Courses 

Once you have taken this course you may be interested in BA Animation or MA Animation.

Course Handbook

Course Handbook: Download an example Handbook - Animation Summer Study Abroad PDF [227kb].  Each year the content, dates and tutors vary slightly.

Entry Requirements

Summer Study Abroad Entry Requirements:

Academic - You should have some prior study in design and drawing skills, but do not need to have studied animation before. If you have questions about your academic background, please make an enquiry to the UAL Study Abroad team.

English - You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an IELTS score of 6.0. The Language Centre at University of the Arts London offers English courses for overseas students.

Course Credits

On completion of this course you will recive a short course certificate of attendance. 

If you need any additional supporting documentation to convert this into credit for your home university we can provide that for you. This summer school is based on classes from BA Animation.


If you haven’t found the information you’re looking for or want to ask us a question about this course, please fill out our enquiry form to contact the UAL Study Abroad team.


DateDayTimeDurationCostStatusLocation Apply
02/07/2018 - 20/07/2018Monday - Friday10.00 - 16.003 Weeks£1900*AvailableLCCENQUIRE

 *Early-bird discount of 10% for applications received by 31 January 2018

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