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Applications for this course can be made via – Institution Code: W66, Course Code: ANIN

Computer animation is arguably the most successful application of digital technology in the creative sector. It provides an exciting, flexible medium for creating incredible films. It has revolutionised the world of special effects and is integral to the billion-dollar computer game industry. Interest in careers in 3D Modelling and Animation (especially as they apply to games) is high. The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows     direct progression to employment.

This course is designed to present opportunities to students to work with a range of techniques and technologies, producing work for a variety of clients and platforms. This approach allows students to experiment in several diverse sectors of the creative industries and informs crucial individual decisions regarding further training, education or employment.

Students will develop an array of academic, practical and interpersonal skills and undertake a substantial work placement project in an aspect of the industry of their choice, and as a result of this and other industry related tasks, they will come into contact with and work with local employers.

Note: students on this course will be registered to receive a stand-alone HNC The Animation Industry in Year 1 of their studies


  • Flexible delivery enabling you to work and learn at the same time
  • Exciting and varied programme of theoretical and practical subjects
  • Professional and inspirational staff
  • Opportunities to gain valuable industry experience
  • Small group sizes

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally be at least 18 years of age. Applications are welcomed from candidates with a subject-specific Level 3 course such as a National Subsidiary/Diploma/Extended    Diploma, A Level, Access to Higher Education Course, or a work-based course, such as NVQ 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship with a minimum 48 UCAS points achieved. Mature  students may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview and will be asked to provide a portfolio or artwork to demonstrate their ability to draw as this is will be a requirement of the course.


Course Content

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification made up of 120 credits.

The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 4 and Level 5 qualification made up of 240 credits.


Year 1 Level 4 Module A: Process & Practice

The learning and teaching for this module integrate Essential Content across two Assessment Units:

A1: Concept & Development (85 credits)

A2: Creative Project (35 credits)

Year 2 Level 5 Module B: Professional Creative Practice

The learning and teaching for this module integrate Essential Content across two Assessment Units:

B1: Personal Professional Development (45 credits)

B2: Professional Project (75 credits)

See Unit Descriptor Handbook on our website for further details of content.

How will I be assessed?

The course is predominantly assessed through the completion of assignment projects. Much of the study will require work outside of formal classes, so self-motivation and good time management skills are essential. As a guideline you are advised that a 15-credit unit approximates to a learning time of 150 hours.


A key progression path for BTEC HNC and HND learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question. Depending on the entry requirements of individual universities successful completion of the course will enable you to apply to top up to a range of degree level courses in related subject areas.  UCAS course search will enable you to explore options for Top Up courses available throughout the UK.

Career opportunities for students completing the course include a variety of roles within the creative industry such as: concept artist; freelance illustrator; 3D game artist; 3D film artist; 3D animator; compositor; digital painter; editing assistant (animation); lighting TD; matchmove artist; production assistant (animation); production designer (animation); roto artist; storyboard artist; storyboard assistant; layout artist; set designer; graphic designer; technical director; architectural illustrator; vfx artist; motion graphics artist.


The course fees for all students for this course will be £6250 per annum. Details of the student finance available for all higher education students can be found on the student finance website this course is classed as full-time HIGHER EDUCATION.

For information and advice on course fees please contact Roz Osborne at email or telephone 01305 764733.

Additional Course Costs

Includes approximately £500 towards trips and visits. *Note – All costs may be subject to change and may vary dependent on place of purchase.

Please note International Students will be charged an additional £250 admin fee on top of their tuition fee.


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