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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.


Final Year students have worked screened on the BBC

Current third year students have recently had their second year work published on the BBC website as part of a live industry brief for the BBC Listening Project, a partnership between BBC national radio and TV stations and the British Library. Four of the seven films selected are by NUA students. Watch the films here.