Animation and Illustration

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs graded 9-4 or A*-C including Maths or English at grade C/4 or above.

Overview

The UAL Extended Diploma in Animation and Illustration is a two-year, full time programme at Level 3 (equivalent to three A Levels).

On successful completion of the course you will be qualified to progress onto Higher Education, to pursue a Higher National Diploma or degree course, a Level 4 apprenticeship or progress into full time employment .

The course covers many aspects of the Art and Design Creative industry. The course endeavors to you give you the opportunity to develop your skills, enhance your knowledge of the subject and related areas and give you the confidence to be a successful independent creative. 

At the end of the course you will showcase your work in an end of year show for the whole of the Creative Media department. As part of the programme you will undertake ‘live’ projects, which will give you an insight into the way in which the media industry works.

What will I study?

The first year of the course is designed to give students the fundamental skills to create interesting and well informed work.

UNITS:

  • Unit 1 Introduction to visual language in art and design
  • Unit 2 Introduction to research skills in art and design
  • Unit 3 Introduction to critical and contextual awareness in art and design
  • Unit 4 Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in art and design
  • Unit 5 An integrated approach to 2D problem solving in art and design
  • Unit 6 An integrated approach to 3D problem solving in art and design
  • Unit 7 An integrated approach to time-based problem solving
  • Unit 8 Developing an art and design project
  • Unit 9 Opportunities for progression in art and design

Tuition on these units will include: 

  • Introduction to computer software for creation and manipulation of/for Illustration and animation
  • Basics of analogue and digital animation
  • Basics of digital and hand drawn illustration
  • Responding to client requirements
  • Writing creative proposals

(this is not an exhaustive list)

The second year allows students to specialise in their chosen area and develop a relevant portfolio to support their chosen pathway.

UNITS:

  • Unit 10 Characteristics and contexts in art and design
  • Unit 11 Preparation for progression in art and design
  • Unit 12 Engaging with an audience in art and design

AND

  • Unit 13 Project proposal and realisation in art and design (LEVEL 3)

OR

  • Unit 14 Project proposal and realisation in art and design (LEVEL 4)

Tuition on these units will include: 

  • Professionalism and networking in the creative industry
  • Industry pathways – options and skills transferal
  • Portfolio creation and criticism
  • Responding to client requirements and interpretation of the brief
  • Writing creative and innovative proposals

(this is not an exhaustive list)

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed by a series of coursework assignments, culminating in their choice of a final creative production project.

You will be assessed through assignments that are structured to explore different methods of web based application and games production. Assessment is ongoing in class and via submissions.

Who should take this course?

The course is aimed at those who are looking to develop the many and complex skills required for a career in animation, Illustration, graphic design industry or other digital design pathways.

What qualification will I achieve?

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Animation & Illustration Pathway) after 2 years.

This is equivalent to 3 A Levels and carries the same UCAS points.