Digital animation for beginners

Course Dates: 01/05/19 - 03/07/19
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Angeline Ferguson

For anyone who's ever wanted to try their hand at digital animation, this 10-week beginner's course introduces you to all the basic skills, combining traditional methods of drawn and cut-out animation with computer techniques to help you produce your own short animations using Animate CC (formerly known as Flash).

See a selection of films and animations made on our courses on our Vimeo site



What is the course about?

This beginner's course uses the application Animate CC (Flash) to introduce you to the traditional and experimental techniques of drawn and cut-out animation, guiding you through the process of producing your own animated sequences from initial concept to exporting your finished movies.

What previous students liked most about this course:
“I enjoyed creating a moving image.”


What will we cover?

This is a practical course teaching the basic skills and techniques in creating effective animated sequences using Animate CC (Flash). You will learn how to use drawing tools and a Wacom tablet to create exciting drawn animations. You'll get to grips with the symbols and different forms of tweening to transform images and enhance your work. You'll be guided through using and synching sound, and exporting your work as animated movies.

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

- use the drawing tools in Animate CC
- create drawn animations using keyframes
- create animations using shape tweening to animate changes in shape
- create animations using motion tweening to animate transformations
- understand how to prepare photographic images for use in Animate CC.
- import and animate photographic images in Animate CC
- import sound and synch sound to animation in Animate CC
- export animated sequences as QuickTime movies.

What previous students have achieved on this course:
“I was able to make a short flash movie and begin to understand flash.”

“I’m confident enough to continue developing my flash skills and make my own animation.”


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

This is an introductory course, so you don't need to have any experience in animation or in the application Animate CC. You do need to have some basic experience of using a computer.
You should also be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

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

Through demonstrations, practical exercises and projects, individual guidance and notes. There will be no work set for outside the class, although practice outside the class is encouraged as it will help improve your progress.

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

There are no additional costs. You might like to bring a pen and notebook to record your own notes and ideas.
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 *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

You can develop your animation skills further in the After Effects and Animation courses offered by City Lit. You can also use the work you create to access Higher Education courses in animation and the digital moving image.

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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This is a great course for beginners. Lots to learn and great teaching style. I would recommend users to have access to the software at home to continue learning. The library also offers access to an Apple Macintosh Desktop for those that are new to the subject and have no access. You can also purchase the Adobe Creative Cloud at a student discounted rate. Book this course, you will not be disappointed.
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Review by Maxi / (Posted on 25/11/2018)

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Course Code: VG304

Wed, eve, 01 May - 03 Jul '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £399.00
Senior fee: £399.00
Concession: £243.00

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