City Lit animation course

Course Dates: 22/10/19 - 23/06/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:
Stephanie Griffiths
John Horabin
Litza Jansz

Passionate about animation? Fancy spending a year building skills in traditional and digital animation techniques, taught by professional animators in our fully-equipped studio? This exciting fast-track course is open to all, including beginners, giving you the opportunity to explore both commercial and experimental approaches to animation. A fantastic start to a new career, or simply a chance to pursue your passion with like-minded people.

See what you could create – view a selection of film and animation work made on our Vimeo site

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Description

What is the course about?

This course will develop your skills in a range of contemporary animation techniques using both stopmotion and digital animation. Taught by professional animators, you will be encouraged to experiment with a range of approaches, materials and software to produce exciting and effective animated sequences. Throughout the course you will be introduced to the work of contemporary international animators and will develop an awareness of where best to place your own animation practice.
The course concludes with a final major project in which you gain expert guidance in creating your own short animated film. You will end up with impressive work for your showreel that could prove invaluable for gaining commissions or for gaining a place on a more advanced course.


Although this is a non-accredited course, students successfully completing the course will be awarded our City Lit Certificate - based on achievements of the course outcomes and attendance.

You can pay for your course in instalments in person at our enrolment counter. For more information, please call our enrolment team on 020 7831 7831 or email infoline@citylit.ac.uk and we’ll call you back to discuss this further.

What previous students liked most about this course:
“I really liked how the course is organised. I feel like it is great to show the students the basics of animation through classic animation and move on to computers later on.”

“The classroom atmosphere was welcoming and friendly. The course is great value for money. Despite the course only running once a week, the content was full but not too much as to overload.”

“The class was intimate, tutors very supportive and compared to other courses its fantastic value for money.”

“Very useful projects using AfterEffects, class discussion, very good handout, and group atmosphere – very supportive and friendly.”

“I liked the range of animation styles. I liked getting to know other people who are interested in animation.”

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What will we cover?

- Exploring international contemporary animation practice
- Planning and storyboarding
- Stop motion using the professional software DragonFrame and DSLR cameras
- A range of traditional animation techniques including drawn, cut out and model animation
- Digital animation using the professional applications Animate cc, Adobe After Effects CC and Photoshop CC
- Applying experimental approaches to a range of traditional and digital animation techniques
- Creatively compositing animations produced traditionally and digitally to create innovative animations
- Editing and animated special effects techniques
- Screening work.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Use a range of traditional and experimental stop motion animation techniques
- Use a DSLR camera and DragonFrame to capture stop motion
- Create digital animation sequences using the applications Animate CC, After Effects CC and Photoshop CC
- Creatively composite animations produced using different approaches and applications
- Edit movies using a range of special effects and sound
- Be aware of international contemporary animation practice
- Be aware of screening opportunities
- Plan and produce a short effective animated film
- Evaluate your own work and the work of your peers.

What previous students have achieved on this course:
“Mainly realising animation is within my skillset to achieve now! Also that I really like it! Would not have applied for an MA without having come to this course. It’s fantastic value for money!!!” IG

“I feel like I have got to understand the basics of animation and both of the programs that we have used. I also think I have learned how working in animation would be and how some things work in the professional world.” KLM

“Confidence to produce my own ideas that don’t necessarily have to be good; abstract animations are just as effective.” ML

“Very comfortable using AE, Flash and Final Cut Pro. Being able to produce short/digital animations. Developing n unique visual style.” ET

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What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Although this course is for beginners it is an intensive course requiring students to demonstrate a high level of commitment throughout. You'll need good time management skills and be able to work independently in conducting research, practising skills, and developing projects outside the course. You should have a basic knowledge of and competence in using computers, including creating, saving and retrieving files. Please note we will be using Apple Mac computers.
You'll need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

What previous students have achieved on this course:

“Mainly realising animation is within my skillset to achieve now! Also that I really like it! Would not have applied for an MA without having come to this course. It’s fantastic value for money!!!” IG

“I feel like I have got to understand the basics of animation and both of the programs that we have used. I also think I have learned how working in animation would be and how some things work in the professional world.” KLM

“Confidence to produce my own ideas that don’t necessarily have to be good; abstract animations are just as effective.” ML

“Very comfortable using AE, Flash and Final Cut Pro. Being able to produce short/digital animations. Developing n unique visual style.” ET

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught through workshops, short lectures, handouts, practical exercises, individual guidance and assistance, group presentations and critiques. The course puts equal emphasis on skills and ideas-based thinking.
As you will be required to practise your skills and prepare and develop your projects outside the class you will need to gain access to computers and the required software outside the course. You will be able to access these resources in the graphics and animation studio time sessions which are run throughout the term.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Our DSLR cameras and the latest professional equipment and software are available for your use throughout the course. You will need to bring your own external hard drive (formatted for use on Mac computers) if you want to keep and develop work done in the class. You will be using some computer software on this course. We have Adobe Creative Cloud (which includes Photoshop, AfterEffects, Premiere Pro and Animate) on some machines in the Student Centre at City Lit. If you wish to buy your own copy to work at home, you might be eligible for a discount from Adobe: https://www.adobe.com/uk/creativecloud/buy/students.html

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.

Please note this course is exempt from our refunds and transfers policy.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop your animation projects further on VK108 Advanced animation and professional development.City Lit offer a range of courses in 2D and 3D Animation, Adobe Animate, Adobe After Effects, Character animation, editing, sound, illustration, cartooning, storyboarding and adobe Photoshop to enhance your animation practice.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to
Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

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I really enjoyed this course. We had several teachers teaching different types of animation. We produced a lot of work using various techniques. The classes were fun and the students, despite being from different walks of life, gelled well due to their common love of animation!
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Review by Kassra / (Posted on 19/06/2015)
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Book your place

Course Code: VK413

Tue, day, 22 Oct - 23 Jun '20

Duration: 30 sessions (over 36 weeks)

Full fee: £2,049.00
Senior fee: £2,049.00
Concession: £1,250.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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