Animation

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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. Try it out: Blender
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at 3D animation this short intensive taster course will get you up and running with the basics of how to work with the free, powerful 3D Software application Blender, and put you on the path to creating your own polished CG Graphics and Animation.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  2. 3D animation with Blender
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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    93% of 100
  3. Digital drawn animation with Animate CC
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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  4. Narrative stop motion animation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    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 £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  5. Stop motion capture with Dragonframe
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Mar 2023

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  6. Learn stop motion animation
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Learn how to do traditional model armature puppet animation and plasticine animation. On this practical course you will learn the principles of animation and apply them to the puppet sequences produced during the sessions. You will be introduced to some examples of professional puppets used on broadcast TV and, using professional equipment you will learn how to use timing and performance to create dynamic animations.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  7. City Lit Pro Dragonframe
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Apr 2023

    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.This fast paced practical course takes you through the professional techniques and processes of Dragon Frame and shows you why it is the application of choice for the major animation studios and professional independent animators alike.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £259.00
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  8. Animation with Adobe After Effects: stage 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Inch
    Motion graphics are the crossroad between animation and graphic design. Learn how to use Adobe After Effects CC to present information creatively using animated text, graphics and video. Invaluable for designers and film makers.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  9. Storyboarding and animatics for animators and filmmakers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 3 May 2023

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  10. Animation in Photoshop
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Inch
    Learn how to produce eye catching 2D GIF animations using the wide range of brushes and tools with the animation timeline in Adobe Photoshop to create work with a unique looks ranging from hand-made to pixel art. Learn how to exporting your work as movies or animated GIFs for use on social media and websites.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
  11. Learn model animation
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 30 May 2023

    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  12. Stop motion animation: personal projects
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jul 2023

    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 £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £188.00
  13. City Lit animation
    Course start date:  Tue 3 Oct 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Litza Jansz
    Passionate about animation? Fancy spending a year building skills in traditional and digital animation techniques and producing your own animation project? Taught by professional animators, this exciting fast-track practical course gives you the opportunity to explore both commercial and experimental approaches to animation using professional equipment and software. Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some animation experience you can join our award winning alumni. A fantastic start to a new career or simply a chance to pursue your passion with like-minded people.
    Full fee £2,269.00 Senior fee £1,815.00 Concession £1,475.00

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