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Animation for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Animation for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Nicky Francis


This beginners course is aimed at 16 - 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.

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

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.

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

Tutor Description

Nicky Francis is a professional 2D character animator. She studied a BA in Animation at London College of Communication, followed by an MA at Central Saint Martin's where she specialised in character animation. During her career, she has produced multiple short films which have appeared in festivals, the latest of which was shortlist at the NOVA Awards 2019, as well as working with a variety of commercial clients and filmmakers.


  • Please bring a USB stick for saving your work at the end of the week

Available dates

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