In your first year of study, you’ll be given the freedom to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques. You will learn the fundaments of illustration & animation software, whilst also developing your knowledge of the industry you’re about to enter. You are encouraged to adopt an open-minded approach to your work, to creativity and to problem solving as you study the following subject areas:
Phase 1: Introduction
Introduction to visual language in Illustration & Animation
Introduction to research skills
Introduction to critical and contextual awareness
Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills
Phase 2: Working to a client brief
An integrated approach to 2D problem solving in digital illustration
An integrated approach to 3D problem solving in art
An integrated approach to time-based problem solving in animation
Phase 3: Final Major Project
In your second year you’ll specialise in Digital Illustration and Animation techniques. You’ll study the following units:
Phase 1: Cultural awareness
- Characteristics and contexts in Digital Illustration and Animation – develop a deeper understanding and explore the potential of your industry
Phase 2: Next steps: Making your dream a reality
- Preparation for progression in Digital Illustration and Animation
Phase 3: Working to a real client brief
- Engaging with an audience in Digital Illustration and Animation
Phase 4: Final Major project
- Project proposal and realisation in Digital Illustration and Animation
Concentrating on the skills needed for your chosen field, you will develop a portfolio of work aimed at helping you find employment or a place at university. Visits to galleries and museums will grow your artistic appreciation and you’ll develop your confidence in communicating ideas and opinions around creativity.
You will study towards the Level 3 Diploma (90 credits) in your first year, and progress on to the Extended Diploma (180 credits) in your second year.
Alongside your course you’ll study English and maths and take part in GAP work placements to develop your skills and confidence.