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Free online course

Explore Animation

Learn animation techniques, including stop motion, 2D, CGI and pixilation, with award-winning animators, in this free NFTS course.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, starting from when you join
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Explore Animation

Why join the course?

Whether you’re a budding animator or a fan of animation who wants to understand more about what happens behind-the-scenes, this free online course from the internationally acclaimed National Film and Television School (NFTS) will have something for you.

Over four weeks, our team of award-winning animators will take you through their approach to telling stories and demystify their own animation technique.

Each week, our contributors will use examples from their own work, as well as the animated films that have influenced and inspired them, to enable you to explore different forms of animation:

1 - Stop motion or stop frame animation.

2 - 2D or cel animation.

3 - Big-scale animation in the real world.

4 - CGI or 3D computer animation.

The NFTS has teamed up with Creative Skillset to offer this course. Explore Animation features a number of award-winning short films made by recent graduates of the NFTS, and opportunities for you to try out small-scale animation techniques.

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What topics will you cover?

  • how stopmotion animation works
  • how cel animation works
  • how pixilation animation works and the use of big scale animation
  • CGI or 3D animation

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Experiment with a variety of animation techniques
  • Explore ideas about how animation works
  • Produce short animations and share them with others
  • Reflect upon own work and that of others

Who is the course for?

This course doesn’t require any existing, specialist animation skills or equipment.

There will be opportunities to try out animation techniques using everyday tools and free applications, if you want to enhance your learning experience.

Who will you learn with?

Pete Fraser

Educator on the course 'Explore Filmmaking' from the NFTS and Project Lead on the NFTS BFI Film Academy residential for young filmmakers. Follow me on twitter @petesmediablog

Jon Wardle

I'm the Director of Curriculum at the National Film and Television School. I'm the Lead Educator for the Explore Filmmaking: from Script to Screen course.

Tom Woodcock

I work as a teacher of film, media and digital media as well as on a number of film education and training projects. I have a background in art house cinema exhibition, installation and production.

Who developed the course?

Supporters

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £39.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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