Animation A Level

Animation A Level

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Brockenhurst College - Main Site

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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 rotoscoping, compositing and 3D modelling.

Expert teachers will help you explore modern examples from leading production houses such as Blue Zoo, Studio Ghibli and Pixar.

You will also examine and evaluate historical works by Max Fleischer, Industrial Light & Magic and Walt Disney.

Why choose
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, graphics tablets and professional-standard software such as Adobe After Effects, Toon Boom Harmony and Blender 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.

Information & support

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.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above with a minimum average GCSE score of 4.0, including:
•    Maths
•    English Language
•    Art and Design or another art-related subject e.g. Graphics

Course structure

  • Acquire a varied skill set in 2D and 3D animation, enabling you to bring original concepts and artistic visions to life.
  • Examine animation processes, software and associated technologies, including drawing, story-boarding and photography.
  • Borrow a range of cameras, lighting, lenses and tripods through our loans system to create reference images and videos for your animations.
  • Access university-standard equipment and professional-grade software in our new Apple Mac suites.
  • Learn from subject specialists with industry experience who are passionate about passing their knowledge and skills on to you.

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.

Dates & Locations





LocationBrockenhurst College - Main Site

Date & time 27/06/2024 to 31/07/2025

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