Animation & Filmmaking

Filmmaking Courses Online & in London

Films and animations are exciting to watch but even more exciting to make! Join our vibrant film making community and learn from practising professionals the current techniques and processes in creating engaging films and animations. 

Our extensive selection of practical courses offer you the opportunity to explore different approaches, forms and genres using a range of equipment and software at a time to suit you.

Learning in our fully equipped studios or from the comfort of your home, we cater for all levels and help you to progress into the film maker you aspire to be.

We’re very proud of our student’s successes in gaining awards, commissions and being selected for prestigious festivals. We look forward to celebrating your films.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

For more information please contact Visual Arts: VisualArts@citylit.ac.uk

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  2. City Lit Pro: Adobe After Effects fast track
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Horabin
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this Adobe After Effects course, you will learn the essential tools and skills for using After Effects to transform your video projects. These include planning the project, organising and preparing the material, masking skills, key framing skills and working with layers.
    Full fee £429.00
  3. Model animation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Traditional model animation is more popular than ever. On this short practical course you will learn how to create and animate engaging and effective puppets and create an exciting short animated sequence for your showreel.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  4. Animation in Adobe After Effects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Inch
    Animated GIFS are the most popular form on social media. On this fast paced online practical course learn how to turn your images and illustrations into exciting animations in After Effects and give your posts the best chance of going viral.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  5. Create a short film in a day
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Kline
    Shoot, edit and export a short film in this fun and fast paced practical introduction to film making.
  6. Full fee £249.00
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  7. 3D animation with Blender
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    If you are new to 3d animation, you’ve had a go at teaching yourself but are not making progress, or perhaps you are transferring to Blender from a different 3D program, this course is for you.



    It will take you through a professional approach to creating characters and environments in 3D from scratch, as well as introducing workflows and techniques to help produce polished 3D animations of your own.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
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  8. Stop motion capture with Dragonframe
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Horabin
    Stop Motion has always been at the heart of the animation industry. On this short practical course you will find out why Dragon Frame is the stop motion application of choice for the major animation studios and professional independent animators alike.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  9. Experimental filmmaking: stage 2
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Monika Kita
    This practical course is designed for those who have some previous experience in film in a fine art context or for those who have attended an experimental filmmaking course before.



    During the course, you will push the boundaries of mainstream cinema and experiment with various techniques to express your artistic vision.
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £220.00
  10. Storyboarding and animatics for animators and filmmakers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 1 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Storyboards and animatics are crucial for planning, developing and communicating your film and animation projects to clients, funders or collaborators. Learn how to represent your project in still and moving image format showing different camera shots, framing, camera movement, action, timing and sound.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
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  11. Filmmaking: shoot and edit
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 9 May 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Learn all the stages of film making from initial pre- production planning through to post production editing. Whatever genre interests you, this course will give you the essential skills to realise your own movie.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £324.00
  12. Develop your filmmaking
    Course start date:  Mon 13 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Looking for an opportunity to build on your previous film making and editing experiences? Want to develop your leaning further, make more experiences or simply have some further guidance? Then this class is for you.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £324.00
  13. Experimental animation for fine art practice
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 21 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Discover the exciting innovative work of internationally renowned artists and enjoy exploring the potential of experimental animation to develop your fine art practice. On this practical course you will create your own short experimental animated film using a range of stop motion and digital techniques.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00
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  14. Documentary filmmaking: focus on B-roll
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    B-roll makes up the lion share of every documentary. It adds dimension and interest to your story. Find out about how to find, shoot and use good B-roll, including sound.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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