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Summer Study Abroad - Animation

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.

Summer Study Abroad: Animation is taught by expert staff with tons of industry experience. The course is based at London College of Communication. At the end of the three weeks you will have created new work that you can include in a portfolio for work or study.

This exciting three-week animation course gives you a playful and creative experience in a vibrant city of London. It develops your animation portfolio and knowledge. The course focuses on Principles of Animation and Visual Narrative.  This is achieved by a set of fast paced workshops and a short project. You will develop different ways of working and collaborating. You will visit exhibitions, research and gather materials, test your ideas and putting them into practice.

You will learn to create movement on screen by studying the fundamental principles of animation. You will then go on to learn about narrative development and produce your own short animated project.

Technical workshops will focus on drawing for animation, story boarding and animatics development. You will be creating animation and digital assets using design and animation software. In the second and third week you will develop your own short animated film or sequence based on the theme, skills and techniques learnt in the first week.

At the end of the course you will present your work at an exhibition alongside photography, graphics and film students. Further information below.

Course Aims

  • Develop your ideas through observation, research and sketching
  • Develop storyboarding, animatics 2D skills appropriate to your project
  • Plan and create a short animated sequence
  • Present and discuss your project

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 2D animation (Communication and Presentation)
  • A knowledge of storyboarding, animatics 2D animation software (Technical competence)

Requirements for Assessment

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

The software used on this course will be Adobe CC After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

Follow On Courses 

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

Course Credits

On completion of this course you will receive 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.

Francesco de Manincor

Francesco is a character designer, animator and illustrator with a broad experience in visual storytelling, from storyboarding to animation. After studying Fine Arts and Art Direction, and working in comics, illustration and visual communication in his native Italy, Francesco moved to London and for the past 15 years has worked on commercial projects and taught digital media, design and animation, creating visual content, illustrations and concept art, editing videos, motion graphics, and designing characters for print and product applications. Francesco likes to start by exploring ideas drawing on paper, to then complete production and post-production using digital tools, for the unbounded possibilities that these offer. He believes that it's all about storytelling and realising our vision, to captivate and engage the viewer and create that little bit of magic.

Please bring the following materials with you:

  • Drawing tools (pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, ruler)
  • Sketchbook, A4 or A3 size
  • USB memory stick, external hard disk or cloud-based storage space (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive) to save your finished projects and working files

Please note: a graphic tablet and pen (e.g. Wacom Bamboo, Intuos or similar) is optional but recommended. In the course we will use college computers with Adobe CC Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects; if you bring your own laptop or tablet please make sure you have Adobe CC installed.

Course Handbook: Download an example Handbook - Animation Summer Study Abroad (PDF - 356KB).

Each year the content, dates and tutors vary slightly.

Summer Study Abroad Entry Requirements:

Academic - You should have some prior study in design and drawing skills, Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator skills is essential but do not need to have studied animation before.

This course is perfect for you if you are thinking of further study or professional development in animation. 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.

Student work

Student work - Sara Molina
Student work: Mollie Mayer
Student work - Sophie Doran
Student work - Helena Ohlsson
Student work - Laia Yu Wu
Student work: Maryam Al Meraikhi
Student work: Hiba Jad
Student work: 2017 Showreel