Animation

Animation courses in London & Online

Animation is the most popular and creative form of filmmaking. It’s as limited as your imagination and allows you to tell stories and express ideas in a myriad of visually exciting ways. Taught by professional animators we offer a wide range of digital and traditional animation courses in drawn, model, experimental, cut out, motion graphics and animated SFX using professional applications, equipment, and processes.

Whether you’re interested in creating narrative or experimental animations for social media, publishing online, film festivals, gaining commissions or for use in narrative or documentary films or fine art installations we have the course for you at a level and time that suits you.

This could be a great start to a new career or a new interest to keep you animated!

Animation classes available both in-person and online

At City Lit, you can choose to study in-person or online. Our fantastic in-person courses are taught in our attractive campus, located in the heart of Covent Garden, central London. Here, our students can benefit from a variety of services and resources, including our café and state-of-the art equipment.

Our online courses are tailored to give you a social and interactive online learning experience, allowing you freedom to study from anywhere and with like-minded fellow classmates from all over the country without the need to travel. Use the Location filters on this page to choose your preferred learning method. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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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  4. 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
  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Digital drawn animation with Animate CC
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    This beginners course introduces Adobe Animate CC - an accessible and powerful digital animation program. The course explores traditional methods of drawn and cut-out animation in a digital context with a focus on creating engaging character animations.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00
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  8. Motion graphics in Adobe After Effects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Inch
    Learn motion graphics using Adobe After Effects to create complex animation sequences, character animation and titles.



    Enhance and transform your video projects. Develop key skills in animation and compositing for your professional or personal practice. Build on and develop your previous After Effects knowledge.



    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
  9. Stop motion animation weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Are you ready to develop your own stop motion animation project? Whether it’s experimental or narrative, to be shown in a gallery, on social media or in film festivals, this course offers you the expert guidance to help you realise your own individual animation project.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £169.00
  10. Narrative stop motion animation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Feb 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Narrative stop motion animation is the most popular form on social media. Engage in an exciting exploration of storytelling using a range of animation techniques and genres. See your drawings and models come to life and create a series of exciting animated sequences to enhance your social media posts or your professional show reel.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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