Animation & Storyboarding Courses - Online & in London

Animation at City Lit combines the teaching of both traditional and digital computer-based skills. Traditional animation skills include 2D cut-out, drawn animation and model animation using stop motion with professional recording equipment. Digital animation includes a range of courses in Adobe Animate, After Effects and Photoshop alongside the 3D software Blender and Cinema 4D. For fascinated beginners we offer short punchy introductions; for those wanting to experiment, explore and develop their own personal projects,we offer year-long programmes of study. Unique to City Lit, we also offer our range of City Lit Pro courses, intensive learning for learners wishing to upskill fast. All our course are delivered in our well-equipped studios by a team of industry experienced tutors.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

If you would like to find out any more detailed information about our studio, resources or courses on offer, please contact the visual arts team on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. A short introduction to cut out animation

    Course Date: Thu 11 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to do the cut out animation technique, learn the principles of animation, make your own puppet character, film and edit your own animated sequence.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  2. Animation with Adobe Animate CC: stage 1

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to use After Effects to create character animation, animated graphics and animated title sequences and find out why it’s the application of choice for professional animators and motion graphics designers.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £243.00

  3. Animation with Adobe After Effects: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 24 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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 is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    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: £140.00

  4. An Introduction to 3D CGI with Blender

    Course Date: Fri 26 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Blender is a free, hugely powerful and widely used 3D program for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D applications, virtual reality and computer games.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £125.00

  5. A short introduction to animation with Adobe Animate CC

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    For anyone who's ever wanted to try their hand at animation, an introductory course showing you how to create professional-looking drawn animations using Adobe Animate CC (formerly known as Flash).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. A short introduction to stop motion animation

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 10 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to do tradition model armature puppet animation and plasticine animation. we will look at the principals of animation and apply them to the puppet sequences produced during the sessions - see some example tv puppets -animate and focus on timing and performance to create dynamic animations. Learn to use Stop Motion Studio to edit clips and export them.

    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: £75.00

  7. Animation with Photoshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to produce exciting 2D animations using the wide range of brushes and tools with the animation timeline in Adobe Photoshop to create work with a unique hand-made look.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    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: £100.00

  8. A short introduction to model animation

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. A short introduction to storyboarding for animators and filmmakers

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Storyboards are crucial for planning, developing and communicating your film and animation projects to clients, funders or collaborators. Learn how to create an effective storyboard representing different camera shots, framing, camera movement, action, timing and sound.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Animation with Adobe Animate CC: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your Animate CC skills further to create professional character animations on this stage 2 course. Learn how to use a virtual camera and apply layer depth to enhance your scene and how to parent layers, use the bone tool and auto lip synch to make your characters come to life. You will be expected to have completed the Animation with Adobe Animate stage 1 course or have experience in using the drawing tools, tweening, symbols and importing sound.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    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: £115.00

  11. An introduction to drawn animation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Due to its versatility, Drawn animation is one of the most exciting animated forms favoured by artists and animators alike. Whether you’re interest is in traditional or experimental animation, whether you’re confident with drawing or not, you will enjoy developing your skills on this practical user friendly course.

    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: £75.00

  12. 3D animation with Blender for beginners

    New
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    In this beginners course we will dive into creating 3D computer graphics using the entirely free, extremely powerful 3D animation software ‘Blender’. You’ll learn how create 3D models, add textures, lights, simple animation and export still images and videos.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. Animation with Adobe After Effects

    New
    Course Date: Thu 6 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to use After Effects to create character animation, animated graphics and animated title sequences and find out why it’s the application of choice for professional animators and motion graphics designers.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £243.00

  14. City Lit Animation: part 3

    Course Date: Tue 11 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    In this final part of a 3 stages course you will work with animation professionals and your peers to fine tune your project idea, revise skills, introduce advanced techniques relevant to your project and to guide you through the process of realising the animation project you want to create.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £959.00
    Senior fee: £767.00
    Concession: £480.00

  15. Develop your animation with Adobe After Effects

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 23 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Whether your interest is animated SFX, Motion graphics or character animation, this advanced fast paced After Effects course will move your work to a more professional level.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    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: £140.00

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