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ANIMATlR4W Animation for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Animation for 16 to 18 Year Olds Short Course

Course description

It is never too early to start a career in animation. Drawing skills are a sure-fire way of learning what you'll need in order to succeed in the animation industry. Learning the basic tools and developing technical skills and fundamental principles will help to preserve the quality of good character animation through the technological evolution.

Course Outcomes

  • An overview of the principles of animation
  • The creation of your own individual character
  • Learnt how to make your character walk, run, pose and express themselves visually
  • Learnt how to work on a light box with animation paper
  • Shoot your own animation on a line-tester

Entry requirements

A good level of English is necessary to attend the course. You must be at least 16 and under 19 years old.

Level: Beginners

Please note: This course is for students aged 16 to 18 years old only

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

Digital Credentials (badges and certificates)

Students will receive a UAL Short Courses digital badge and certificate on completion of the course. Digital credentials are a great way to celebrate your accomplishments and stand out from the crowd. Find out more about our digital badges and credentials.

Available dates

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Make an enquiry or call us on 0207 514 7015.


Topics covered

Through a series of short exercises you'll practice and refine your animation skills. Topics will include:

  • an overview of animation principles, which are largely unchanged since they were established in the 1930's
  • adapting your own character drawings into animation-friendly designs
  • applying three-dimensional drawing methods to design model sheets
  • creating strong poses and facial expressions
  • learning the fundamental techniques of squash-and-stretch, drag and overlapping action, secondary action, arcs, weight and anticipation
  • exploring the dynamics of walking and running, and an introduction to the principles of timing
  • getting to grips with working on a light box, rolling and flipping animation paper
  • shooting your animation on a line tester
  • an overview of the animated film-making process

All topics will be backed up with hand-out sheets and the viewing and analysing of animated films.


Please bring:

  • a USB stick or other means of saving your work at the end of the week
  • If possible please bring a camera or camera phone to record the process and outcomes of your work. Everything needed to complete the course is provided, but please feel free to bring any current sketchbooks or materials you enjoy using.

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This beginners course is aimed at 16 to 18 year olds with little or no animation experience. It will give you an introduction to the fundamentals of hand-drawn character animation. As the discipline moves further into the digital age, a solid foundation in the core techniques for character animation remain as important as ever for a successful career in animation.

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