The Animation and Illustration UAL Diploma / Extended Diploma Level 3 course is designed for students with an art and design or graphics background who have a real enthusiasm for drawing and making. Applicants should enjoy learning about illustration and animation and have an interest in visual culture.
This exciting programme has been developed to introduce a range of animation and illustration techniques. Through inventive projects, you will develop digital and traditional skills that are highly desirable and recognised in the industry. You’ll also learn about research and analysis and get the chance to find out what’s going on in the world of animation through visiting festivals and exhibitions.
During the diploma programme, you will complete eight core units helping you to develop research and evaluative skills alongside practical and technical competencies.
You will explore sequence and simple narrative through alternative approaches to drawing and mixed media experimentation. The programme will introduce art and design contexts and research methods, enabling you to start to make connections with the work of other artists, illustrators and animators.
Projects are varied and wide-ranging enabling you to identify and develop personal interests whether they be in Illustration, 2D Character Design, 3D Modelling & Design, Stop motion, frame animation, Cut Out Animation, Critical Thinking Skills, Concept Art, Comic book art, Sequential and Narrative Art. You will produce a variety of work suitable for developing the right portfolio to progress onto a variety of Higher Education Courses in moving images and the sequential arts. Depending on your grades on entry you will also engage in activities to develop your English and maths as well as GAP activities to develop your employability skills.
The course supports learners to develop presentation and communication skills through group discussion tasks and exhibition opportunities. Learners are also given the opportunity to develop employability skills and industry knowledge through ‘live’ projects with community groups and organisations.
Sessions will involve practical demonstrations, workshop activities, group work, seminars and individual tutorials. You’ll work in a variety of art and design workshops and digital studios.
This is a growth area and there are varied opportunities and career possibilities including working within the 2D or 3D animation industries, film, illustration and visual effects. Animation skills are widely utilised in advertising, music, TV and film promotions.
After completion of the Level 3 Diploma qualification learners can progress to a second year and work towards an Extended Diploma qualification.
On successful completion of the Diploma 1st-year programme you can continue your study of Animation and Illustration on a one-year Extended Diploma Level 3. It’s also possible for learners to progress onto other Extended Diploma qualifications in art and design including photography and graphic arts. The Extended Diploma qualification prepares students for degree-level study in a related area.
Alternatively, students can choose to study on the Art and Design Foundation Diploma, or Creative and Digital Media Apprenticeship. Students can also progress to Higher Apprenticeship qualifications. Depending on your age and prior attainment, some learners may also progress directly to Higher Education, for example to a BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme.
After completing their Extended Diploma qualification, a high proportion of our learners progress onto higher education programmes in areas such as Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Advertising and Games Design.
****Applications for courses starting in September 2023 are now closed****
Advice sessions for courses starting in September 2023 have now finished.
Whilst term has started, there may still be places remaining on some of our course areas, however many of our courses are now full, and there is no guarantee of a space on any course.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and contact details, including telephone number, subject area(s) of interest and GCSE grades, so that we can arrange for someone to contact you and discuss your options.
The application window for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications starting in September 2024 opens on Monday 2nd October at 12pm.
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You can only apply for one full-time programme and one apprenticeship. You can do this together within the same application form, in what is known as a joint application.
Remember, you cannot study more than one core subject. For example, you would not be able to study two full-time programmes in different subjects simultaneously. You would take Plumbing or Music, not Plumbing and Music.
Your subject will be your primary qualification and forms the bulk of your programme of study.
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|Duration||One or Two Years:|
Year 1: Diploma |
Year 2: Extended Diploma
|Campus / Adult Skills Centre||Colchester Campus|
|Start Date||September 2023|
|Fee(s)||16-18 year olds: Free|
19+: £8,583 (This fee covers the full two-year course)
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