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  • Course description

    Course summary:

    Commercial animation is a rapidly growing and vibrant industry, encompassing a very broad range of rewarding and fascinating creative job opportunities. This exciting specialist course will enable you to develop your imaginative and creative skills, while giving you a sound knowledge and understanding of animation processes, techniques and critical theory.

    The strong emphasis on creative practice will help to develop your skills in drawing and design, along with the imaginative development and innovation of ideas expressed sequentially. These skills, together with the professional practice aspects of the course, will ensure that you have the con?dence and expertise to succeed in industry, whether as a designer, manager, producer or technician. You will also develop the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

    Throughout the course there are opportunities for you to take part in external national and international competitions and ?lm festivals. The course is delivered by a large team of experienced animation practitioners, staff and industry visitors, and you will work in dedicated specialist animation studios with facilities for blue screen, rostrum animation, CGI, drawing, stop-frame, ?lm, photography, set building, sound and video.

    Successful animators need to be ?exible and able to adapt to changing cultures and new initiatives, and the course seeks to re?ect this ?uidity. You will rapidly develop your own practice in animation, and you will be encouraged to work on shared initiatives. Based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus – home to the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design – you will work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique creative hothouse.

    The teaching and delivery of the course is through high-level, tutor-guided studio practice, and actively promotes experimentation, re?ection and the sharing of enthusiasms and in?uences. The unique integrated theoretical elements of the course provide a critical framework within which you can examine animation and related time-based practices, and will signi?cantly support and inform your own practice. All modules are assessed through coursework, and we offer a range of methods including crits, submitted work, research plans and seminar presentations.

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