COURSE OVERVIEW

Duration: 2 Years, Full-Time
Entry Requirements: 4 GCSE's (9-4/A*-C) UCAS points up to 168 (depending on grade outcome)
Campus: Middlesbrough

If you are excited about telling visual stories through illustration, concept art or animation, this is the course for you.

Learn the skills necessary to take your ideas and concepts through sketchbook practice to effective visual outcomes. You will learn a variety of traditional and digital skills and techniques, including; human anatomy, character design, print-making, digital painting, concept art, 3D modelling and principles of animation.
COURSE DETAILS
Traditional techniques will also be developed in order to best prepare you for the skills and knowledge required in the animation and illustration industries. You will be introduced to and develop skills in digital drawing by using industry-standard graphics tablets. You will create designs in our dedicated studios, developing your own personal creative voice, while being supported to improve your drawing, design and employability skills. Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to create: • 2D traditional & digital animations • Commercial illustrations • Stop-motion animations • Storyboarding • Concept art for film, animation & games. • Children’s book illustration • Editorial illustration • Graphic novels/comics You will gain technical experience using industry-standard software, including Photoshop, Animate, and the full Adobe Creative Suite before moving on to 3D modelling using Blender in the second year of the course. You also benefit from a range of enhancements to the course, including life drawing and educational visits to gather first-hand research and experience design in its many forms. Recent trips include Yorkshire Sculpture Park, MIMA and Thought Bubble. Our students progress to a range of institutions to pursue degree-level studying, including Staffordshire University, the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Central Lancashire and the School’s Higher Education campus. There will also be opportunities for excellent industry links and live projects set by professional working designers who will help develop your ideas. The course has a range of industry contacts, including Art Director Domareen Fox, Senior Motion Designer Lucy Rae-Naylor and Creative Directors Ian MacKinnon & Peter Saunders. Students can enjoy a range of professional speakers throughout the year, and will complete live briefs with clients, which provide important professional experience. Recent projects have included an animal welfare charity, children’s charity ‘Changing Futures North East’ and the LGBT charity Hart Gables.


The Northern School of Art’s Middlesbrough campus has been given another ‘Outstanding’ rating by Ofsted. Following an intensive four-day inspection by six inspectors the School’s further education provision has retained the top rating it has held since 2009.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

YEARS COURSE DURATION

A MINIMUM OF FOUR GCSES AT C/4 OR ABOVE INCLUDING MATHS AND ENGLISH AT GRADE D/3, PLUS A PORTFOLIO OF WORK. (IF YOU HAVE MATHS/ENGLISH AT GRADE D/3 YOU WOULD BE REQUIRED TO WORK TOWARDS THESE QUALIFICATIONS ALONGSIDE YOUR COURSE)

MAXIMUM UCAS POINTS SCORE FOR FINAL GRADES

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