Duration:
2 years full-time

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C)*
  • An appreciation of and a passion for animation with a level of practical experience and/ or a Level 2 qualification in the subject area

Fees & funding:
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How to apply:
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Introduction to the course

From animation techniques to 2D graphics and 3D modelling, this course will equip you with the skills necessary for a career as an animator or visual effects specialist working in film, TV post-production or games.

If you have an eye for detail, an interest in graphics, animation, computer software packages and a vivid imagination, then this is the course for you.

You’ll learn:

  • How to create and animate 2D graphics
  • Employment skills for the VFX industry
  • How to design and create your own stop motion film
  • Industry-standard software for creating 3D models and animations
  • The skills needed to work on a live industry brief
  • How to create 3D content for the Oculus Rift

What you'll study

Through a mixture of practical workshops and lectures you’ll learn to use sophisticated 2D graphics and animation packages in the creation of a wide and diverse selection of dynamic animated content. You’ll develop your skills in the operation of Adobe packages, in particular Photoshop, Illustrator and the animation After Effects and how to work between the applications seamlessly.

Throughout this term you will be introduced to the professional techniques for the effective production of onscreen graphics and idents for television. It includes aesthetic and technical challenges in television, the needs of the viewer, the creative negotiation of a brief and related skills. Students will be working on a professional brief for Nottingham Post Live's website.

Learn the magic behind stop-motion animation  production and explore the technology, software and hardware associated with its creation. You will explore a wide variety of mediums, forms and genres before creating your own stop-motion animation using the Dragon frame stop motion software, detailed storyboards and innovative puppet design.

You’ll explore the role of the Visual effect compositor in the film and Television and games industry, understanding the scientific principles behind the process of combining multiple assets in one cohesive visual effects sequence. Utilising advanced techniques in green screen technology, colour manipulation and motion tracking you’ll combine video and 2D and 3D content into one seamless VFX shot of your own design.

Across this term you'll develop your knowledge of sophisticated 3D modelling and animation techniques in the Maya software application and work towards the creation of a variety of 3D assets for visual effects. You will explore a wide variety of modelling techniques in the creation of animated 3D creatures, technology and architecture for use in advanced VFX compositions. You’ll apply your newly found skills in the creation of an animated 3D asset and will explore advanced render and compositing techniques.

Using everything you’ve learned over two years, you’ll produce your final major project. This will be a larger project managed VFX project that allows you to showcase a mixture of your abilities and show off the area of the post-production industry that you wish to pursue.  Along with a final show reel, this project will support you towards a Foundation Degree in Visual Effects or straight into your career in the VFX and post-production industries.

Maths & English

Depending on your prior English and Maths attainment, you may need to improve your grade as part of your course.

Professional & Personal Development

As part of your programme of study, all students have a Personal and Professional Development session for one hour per week.

On this course you’ll have access to:

  • Industry-standard software
  • High-spec computers with the Adobe Creative Suite and Maya
  • Green Screen Studio

The Confetti Classroom

At Confetti our classrooms are unique. As part of their course, our students get the chance to go out into industry and Do It For Real at locations across the UK! Check out our interactive map to see how our classrooms are different and to get a taste of the kind of experiences you could take part in whilst studying at Confetti.

Industry Week

As part of the course, students are given access to a week of bespoke activities during Industry Week where a host of industry guest speakers gather for talks, lectures and workshops with students. Past guests have included:

  • Director Shane Meadows
  • BAFTA winner Vicky McClure
  • SB:TV’s Jamal Edwards
  • The Inbetweeners star Lydia Rose-Bewley
  • Documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield
  • Emmerdale actors Sammy Winward and Roxy Shahidi

Continue your studies

Your time at Confetti doesn’t have to stop once you finish your college course. Choose to continue your studies on our range of foundation and full honours degrees that can help you further develop your skills and obtain the experience you need to get a head start in your career:

Future careers:

  • 2D animator
  • 3D modeller
  • 3D animator
  • Roto and paint artist

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  • Open Day
    24/01/2019
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