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Discover the world of 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: Animation is taught by expert staff with tons of industry experience and you will be based at 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 course focuses on Principles of Animation and Visual Narrative via a set of fast paced workshops and a short project. You will develop different ways of working, collaborating, visit exhibitions, researching and gathering 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, storyboarding and animatics development, 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.
Taught by: Francesco de Manincor
Learn more about Summer: Animation
- Develop your ideas through observation, research and sketching
- Develop storyboarding, animatics 2D and 3D animation skills appropriate to your project
- Plan and create a short animated sequence
- Present and discuss your project
- 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 and 3D 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, Illustrator and Cinema 4D.
Week One - Learning and Pre-Production
Focus on theme, research, ideas, storytelling, storyboarding.
- Project theme
- Research trip and drawing
- Storytelling workshop
- Storyboarding workshop
- Introduction to Adobe After Effects
Week Two - Animation and Production
Focus on story and storyboards revisions leading into production.
- Individual projects revisions
- Animatics with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects
- Integration of Cinema 4D with Adobe After Effects
- Individual projects animation
Week Three - Production, Post-Production and Presentation
In the final week you will create a short animation using the knowledge, techniques and animation software skills learnt in the first two weeks. You will discuss your project and get feedback from your tutor and classmates, helping your future portfolio development.
- Individual projects animation
- Sound design
- Adobe After Effects for Post-production
- Presentation and Feedback
- Animation screening
Follow On Courses
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.
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 (162KB).
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, 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.