Animation A Level

Sixth Form

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Awarding body


Full Time - September 2021



Course introduction

You can prepare for a career in film production, graphic design and/or app and web design with this opportunity to study the theory and practice of animation.

You will learn about historical contexts and discover important industry techniques, including: stop motion, rotoscoping, and 3D title sequencing.

Our expert teachers will help you explore modern examples from leading production houses such as Rick and Morty, Studio Ghibli and Aardmann Animation.

You will also have opportunities to examine and evaluate historical works by Ray Harryhausen, Jan Svankmajer and Disney.

This programme combines creativity, personality and technical ability with guidance on how to follow professional standards.

Why choose Brock for Animation A Level?

At Brock you will learn from animation enthusiasts who have professional and academic backgrounds in the creative industries and are committed to helping you discover your full potential.

Importantly, you will have access to state-of-the-art learning and production equipment, enabling you to develop both your theoretical and practical skills.

Our Photomedia department uses Apple Mac computers and professional-standard software to give you a learning experience that corresponds directly with modern creative industry practices.

Teaching & learning

You will explore both traditional and contemporary approaches to animation.

The first year will introduce you to techniques and software as well as help you develop a personal style through experimentation.

You will also benefit from initiatives that take learning outside the classroom. These include studio visits to top production studios, where you can talk to people working at the leading edge of this dynamic artform.

Course structure

  • Develop a varied skill set in animation, enabling you to bring original concepts and artistic visions to life.
  •  Explore animation processes, software and associated technologies, including drawing, story-boarding and photography.
  • Use university-standard equipment and professional-grade software in our new Mac suites.
  • Access a range of cameras, lighting, lenses and tripods through our loans system.
  • Learn from subject specialists with industry experience who are passionate about passing their knowledge and skills onto you.
  • Visit Los Angeles during Oscar Week to gain a first-hand appreciation of this glittering industry event.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above to include:

  • Maths
  • English Language
  • Art and Design or another art related subject e.g. Graphics. 

Please note, this course cannot be taken alongside A Level graphics.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete a personal investigation and an externally set assignment.

Personal investigation

This is an in-depth theoretical, practical and critical investigative project based on themes and subject matter of personal significance. You will complete a written justification of 1,000 words to support your practical project.

Externally set assignment

Using a series of visual and written stimuli presented by the exam board, you will produce a practical project within a 15-hour time period that is supported by evidence of your preparatory work.

Information & support

There are a number of costs associated with this course:

  • A studio fee of £25.00 per year.
  • The price of photographic materials, sketchbooks, and IT portable storage formats such as USB memory sticks

If you are not taking another art-based course alongside this A Level in Animation, then we strongly encourage you to engage with the College’s Life Drawing Enrichment opportunity. This is because being able to sketch is fundamental to progression and success on this course.

What can I do with this qualification?

Careers and opportunities in the creative industries are varied and include working in film and television, app/web design and graphic design.

As a student you will create an extensive portfolio of work to evidence your progress in adopting different animation styles and answering various professional-level production briefs.

You may choose to develop your knowledge and skills at university thanks to the broad range of animation and media production courses that are available.

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