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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

  • 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.

Photo shows exterior of the Curzon theatre, host of the NUA 2017 graduate student showcase

NUA students showcase final work in London

Featured films and animations by BA (Hons) Animation and BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production students hit the screen at the Curzon Cinema in London in July 2017. The exclusive screenings showcased final pieces by 2017 graduating students to industry guests and media. You can see the work of all graduating students at animationdegreeshow.com and filmdegreeshow.com.