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Cartoon Animation Short Course

Cartoon Animation Short Course

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Vincent Woodcock, Tutor to be confirmed


This is a course geared to teach traditional comedic cartoon animation timing and techniques. Students will learn how to animate a variety of cartoon actions such as double takes, scramble runs, impacts, staggers, perspective animation, as well as a variety of comedic walks and runs. Students will be shown how to design and animate cartoon characters in the style of Warner Bros, Tom & Jerry and Tex Avery cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s.

Level: All Levels

Who should take this course?
Anyone interested in traditional cartoon animation techniques.

Entry requirements
Some basic drawing ability and a keen interest in cartoons and animation is very helpful, although no previous animating experience is necessary. This course works well in conjunction with other animation short courses at Central Saint Martins. It also serves as a primer for those students wishing to study animation at degree level.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Vincent Woodcock learned animation from Richard Williams and Art Babbitt, co-directed Disney's "Duck Tales The Movie", sequence-directed on "The Tigger Movie", and was an animator and character-designer on "Space Jam". His idents and promo's for Cartoon Network have won Promax awards, and he has designed characters for many theatrical and TV animated productions. His cartoons and illustrations have appeared in magazines such as Time Out and Fortean Times, and he is the author and illustrator of "How To Draw And Paint Crazy Cartoon Characters". He is currently working on his own graphic novel.

Read an interview with Vincent on the Short Courses blog here.


Please bring the following with you to the first session:

  • 2B or 3B pencils
  • Col-Erase or Sketcher light blue pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Notebook

Available dates