Moving Image : Animation

Course Level: 1 (HE4) | HE Credits: 60 | Approx. Duration: 12 months at 8hrs/week


Animation has grown hugely over the past two decades principally due to the increase of animation techniques used in the Film, Television and Game industries.

This unit examines the creative potential of animation and the ability to communicate ideas or narratives across a sequence of animated images. You will explore animation principles in order to create and complete several short animation assignments. These exercises will give you a practical knowledge of the techniques used in animation that can be assimilated into your own work.

Animation is both a craft and a visual art form. It is the skill of the animator to effectively communicate their ideas to engage and inform an audience. As you progress through the practical exercises you will be encouraged to think about the conceptual elements of your work and how animation as a medium influences and reflects today’s visual culture.
You will use a Learning Log to document your coursework and to reflect on the success of your own, and other productions, in achieving your stated aims.

It is expected that you will have access to appropriate equipment and software is required for the creation of the animation exercises and sequences. This equipment needs to have the ability to record, capture and edit imagery, audio and video.


The aims of this course are to:

  • A1 Introduce you to the technical and visual skills for animation
  • A2 Explore research techniques and principles of animation
  • A3 Experiment with a range of techniques and approaches to animation
  • A4 Introduce you to historical and contemporary approaches to animation and reflect on your own practice, processes and outcomes


On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of a range of animation techniques
  • LO2 Develop and present animated sequences
  • LO3 Produce original animated sequences
  • LO4 Demonstrate an understanding of approaches to animation and reflect on your own learning

Course content

  • Exercises, projects and assignments in unit materials
  • Formative assessment comprising written feedback and interaction with tutor via email, phone and/or webcam
  • Summative assessment
  • Peer support through engagement on student forums and critiques on blogs
  • Documentation of the learning journey through a learning log or blog
  • Independent research
  • The above hours are indicative and will vary from student to student.