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Animation, Concept Art & Visual Effects

Digital Skills for Growth (Introduction to 2D Animation and Stop Motion)*
University Certificate in Professional Development


Course overview

Animation is applied in innovative ways, and in the presence of modern technology and techniques. It is hugely important to the entertainment industry, from box office hits to local news stations. You develop the animation methods, techniques and principles used in 2D and stop-motion animation productions.

Working to a creative brief and using suitable materials, you create a short animation sequence using 2D or stop-motion from a variety of techniques. As a group you develop a stop-motion method such as three-dimensional claymation, object animation, puppet animation, model animation, substitution or replacement shapes, cut-outs or pixilation, all of which can be easily taught in schools.

If you are a teacher, you receive a six-week lesson plan that you can teach your pupils immediately. You need access to an iPad and theinternet. Software is provided and includes Adobe Suite, Stop Motion and IstopMotion. You also receive a Stylus Magnetic Pen to use on your iPad.To apply for this course you need to be employed by a company of any size or sector in Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Stockton-on-Tees.

* Subject to University approval


Course details

What you study

You develop an applied understanding of 2D and stop motion techniques for animation, developing a professional workflow, and exploring different types of animation and how to creatively problem solve. You focus on:

• 2D animation methods and how to work with simple movement
• stop-frame methods such as pixilation as well as Claymation and object animation
• movement and how to make a short 2D animation
• basic compositing techniques using green screen keying
• translating learnt methods into classroom teaching

How you learn

You learn 100% online.

The practical work includes animation tasks carried out in pairs or small teams, however you develop your own individual sequence or sequences.

You are shown how to make lesson plans that incorporate your learning and how to set up and run sessions within your school.

Regular show-and-tell discussions provide feedback on the progress of your work and to allow you to exchange ideas and working methods.

You are expected to work on your assessment in the studio classes as well as your own time.
The course is supported by a virtual learning environment.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on the development of a short stop-motion animation sequence presented as a video.

The assessment is on a pass/fail basis and is 100% in course assessment.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Must work for a company of any size or sector in Durham, excluding Darlington, including Public Sector.



Career opportunities

• Support career change
• Retraining opportunity



2021/22 entry

  • Length: Credits: 20, Level 4, Fully funded support * eligibility applies
  • Wednesdays 1.00pm - 4.30pm. 10 weeks.
  • Start date: Starts Wednesday 3 March. Applications close 6 February, 5.00pm

Apply online