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Short Course

Animation and Illustration for 16 to 18 Year Olds Online Short Course

London College of Communication

Combine your creative and technical skills to tell stories. This intensive online course will introduce you to the fundamentals of animation and illustration.

Course description

Combine your creative and technical skills to tell stories. This intensive course will introduce you to the fundamentals of animation and illustration, by the end of the course you will have completed a short film you can use to support an application for further study.

Through discussions and project work you will learn about current practices and explore a range of techniques using your drawing skills on paper as well as digitally. By the end of the course you will have a deeper understanding of how animation and illustration can be used to get people's attention and communicate ideas.

The course draws upon London College of Communication's legacy of teaching animation and illustration and has been designed specially for younger people who are interested in further study in this area. The practical skills you will learn and your ability to speak about the subject will help you make an application for further study in a range of subjects including animation or illustration as well a range of other courses: UX design, fine art, media studies and filmmaking.

Please note that this course is suitable if you are applying for further study at LCC, but does not guarantee entry.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for you if you are between 16-18 and are considering further study or a career in animation or illustration.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain in easy to understand accessible English and will explain any specialist terminology
  • New methodologies will be explained to you in a way that's clear and easy to understand
  • Tutor's include live demonstrations of particular techniques so that you can see exactly how things should be done
  • We also offer a bunch of learning resources for you to access outside of the live lessons. This allows you to ensure you are up to date and you can practice and review the things that are important to you. Practice makes perfect after all!

Live interactive classrooms:

  • We like to do things the right way, that's why all of our online classes are live
  • Expect live interaction with your classmates from around the world, our students come from far and wide
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Discuss topics related to your course in real time via your microphone and camera or if you're not feeling brave, in the chat box

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance
  • However we always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are a great addition to your CV

All our online short courses include:

  • Live online lessons
  • The same course content and learning outcomes as our face to face courses
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content
  • Forums for support

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered

  • Concepts and theory
  • Drawing skills
  • Printmaking
  • Storyboarding and storytelling
  • Sound design
  • Digital design
  • Individual project and presentation


Materials list

Students will need these materials for the course:

  • 1 x 2H pencil
  • 1 x HB pencil
  • 1 x 2B pencil
  • metal sharpener
  • good quality eraser
  • a ruler (30 cm or more)
  • assorted black permanent pens - one thin tip, one medium and one thick with a chisel end
  • black drawing ink - here is a link
  • a couple of brushes

Online Technical Requirements:

Prior to the start of your course, please ensure you have:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection, we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -
  • Please be advised that this course will be taught using the Adobe Photoshop. If you do not already have Adobe Photoshop, please sign up for a free 7 day trial of Adobe Creative Cloud. For courses longer than 7 days a monthly subscription of £16.24/month is available.
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