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Course content

The course is primarily studio-based so it is very practical. Professional skills are integrated into every project — it’s important that students have this knowledge when they graduate.

Peter Martin
Course Leader

  • Year One
  • Developing your core knowledge of the fundamentals of animation and sound through studio practice, masterclasses, workshops and lectures
  • Traditional drawn animation Digital 2D and 3D animation Stop motion
  • Character design
  • Animatic production Storyboarding
  • Sound design and editing Life drawing
  • Year Two
  • Broadening your professional skillset and understanding of the animation process
  • Work on industry-led briefs
  • Liaise with industry clients
  • Sound design and creating original soundtracks
  • Text on screen and lip-sync animation
  • Branding
  • Motion graphics
  • Film and animation theory
  • Year Three
  • Consolidating your skills. Producing work to a professional standard
  • Produce a body of work to serve as your professional portfolio
  • Contextualise your practice in a Research Report
  • Develop your marketing package including website and CV

Visiting Lecturers at NUA

Watch a film about animator Nicolette van Gendt discussing key principals of animation with students.

Visiting Lecturers

  • Keith Chapman
    NUA graduate, Founder of Chapman Entertainment and Creator of Bob the Builder
  • Melanie Coombs
    Oscar-winning Producer, Melodrama Films
  • Helen Schroeder
    Animator, Aardman Animations
  • Clare Kitson
    Animation Commissioner for Channel 4 (1989–99)
  • Don Boyd
    Hollywood Director, Producer of numerous feature films
  • Martin Barber
    Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC
  • Tim Searle
    Director/Producer, Baby Cow Animation
  • Daniel Greaves
    Creative Director, Tandem Films
  • Arnfinn Moseng
    Technical Director, Blue Zoo
  • Sam Burton
    Executive Producer, EM Media
  • Nicolette van Gendt
    Freelance Animator

Learning and teaching

Find out more about learning and teaching on this course and how NUA courses are assessed.