United Kingdom, Bournemouth

Animation & Character Design

when 18 July 2017 - 4 August 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
fee GBP 1595

Gain an insight into the world of animation and character design with our course focusing on hand drawn animation, with the chance to explore cutout and stop motion.

A series of workshops, seminars and practical sessions will introduce you to the 12 principles of animation in theory and practice, using 2D animation exercises to explore the fundamentals and develop your drawing skills. Drawing is at the heart of animation – a series of drawing sessions will improve your observational and design skills, with sketchbooks used to research and record your understanding of character design, aesthetics and cinematic storytelling.

You will learn how to animate objects using traditional and contemporary animation techniques; as you develop your confidence there will be the opportunity to experiment with space, timing and interaction. You will work individually as well as in small groups to gain an understanding of the complex and specialist roles of the animation production crew as a collaborative process. Animators will also look at storyboarding, scriptwriting and pitching film ideas before beginning work on their own short animated film.

You will have the opportunity to work with industry-standard equipment in our dedicated animation studios including professional standard armatures and light boxes. Our tutors will guide you through the application and use of post-production software including Maya, Adobe creative suite, Avid ProTools and Stop Motion Pro to give you an understanding of editing techniques and creative post-production processes. At the end of the course, you will present your character designs with screenings of the finished films for critique and feedback.

Target group

AUB Summer Courses are open to all those aged 15 or over at the time of taking the course. Our summer courses are attended by high school students, university students and creative professionals wishing to learn new creative skills, enhance their current studies or change careers.

Course aim

– Boost your career prospects
– Experience studying in a British University
– Learn from creative experts
– Share ideas, skills and talents with students from around the world

Credits info

University Students, who wish their home university to recognise and award credits for their summer programme, should first
check with their home institution so that they can assess and award credit as appropriate. The Arts University recommends
the course is equivalent to 1 - 4 U.S. credits and 3 - 9 ECTS credits. Students will be able to demonstrate their successful
course attendance and completion by presenting their course handbook and Completion Certificate.

Fee info

GBP 1595: Please note our course fee includes all materials used within the course, teaching costs, plus admission fees for any day trips or study excursions that take place as part of your course.
GBP 955: £955 Halls of residence accommodation for students aged 18 years+, including breakfast and lunch on campus (Mon-Fri), and private transport to and from campus (Mon-Fri).

£1,155 Halls of residence accommodation for students aged 16 & 17 years, including breakfast and lunch on campus (Mon-Fri), private transport to and from campus (Mon-Fri) and 24 hour supervised student support.

£1,155 Homestay accommodation for students aged15 years+; carefully selected Homestay family, including full board meal plan of breakfast, lunch and dinner for the duration of stay, transport to and from campus (Mon-Fri) and access to 24 hour pastoral care and support.


No scholarships or financial aid is available from AUB for Summer Courses.

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