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Character Design For Animation Short Course

Course description

As animation moves away from its traditional roots towards ever greater technical sophistication, one thing remains constant: the need for unique and interesting characters for animators to bring to life.

With an emphasis put very strongly on drawing, you will be guided through the fundamentals of character design.

Who should take this course?

Whether you are a student or professional, and regardless of your chosen media, this course will provide you with the skills and working methods to create satisfying and original characters.

Level: Beginners

Entry requirements: None

Please note that this is a studio-based design and idea generation course rather than a course teaching computer software.

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

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.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

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

Available dates

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Topics covered

You will be guided through all the stages necessary to design characters that may be used for traditional or computer animation, cut-out, stop motion, games, illustration, comic strips or advertising. Topics will include:

  • basic anatomy and construction
  • personality and facial expression
  • acting potential, implied movement and stylisation
  • standard production aspects of pose-sheets, turnarounds and 3-D maquettes.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • HB, B or 2B pencils (not mechanical pencils)
  • Light blue pencils (preferably Faber-Castell "Col-Erase" light blue)
  • A4 photocopy paper (one pack of 500 sheets will last the whole course)
  • A pencil sharpener (preferably one that holds the shavings).
  • Putty eraser

Meet the Tutor:

With an emphasis put very strongly on drawing, you will be guided through the fundamentals of character design.

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