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Art & Design

This course will allow you to gain skills in both traditional and digital animation techniques and you will learn how to use interactive media technologies creatively to produce user-friendly design solutions, or communicate a message or idea to a specific audience. You will also develop a portfolio to showcase your creativity and achievement.

Career Destinations

  • Animator
  • Visual Effects Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Games Programmer/Designer
  • Motion Graphics Designer

What can I do next?

After successfully completing a UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design (Animation & Interactive Media) you can progress to a second and final year of specialist study with a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma (Animation & Interactive Media) where you may choose to focus on a specific digital specialism. On completion of the second year you will have an extended diploma which is a nationally recognised advanced level qualification allowing you direct access to Higher Education or employment.

What will I be doing?

  • 2D and Stop-Motion animation using traditional and digital media
  • Digital animation using professional Wacom drawing pads and industry software
  • 3D animating, 3D modeling, Rotoscoping, Motion graphics and VFX effects
  • Illustration techniques including life drawing, perspective with mixed media

Added Extras

You will;

  • Receive group and individual tutorial support
  • Undertake independent learning and study
  • Work on commissions from employers
  • Have the opportunity to go on a variety of trips and visits

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through practical assignments. The final term's assessment will be in the form of a self - chosen project which is externally assessed.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C, one of which must be English, or a Level 2 Art and Design Diploma at merit grade and English GCSE grade 4/C.

Applicants are asked to provide examples of art and design work at interview.

What do I need to bring?

You will be required to purchase a course kit at approximately £110, a kit list will be provided, this will give you everything you need for the first term at college but you should expect to replace paints, sketchbooks and some materials as you progress on the course. £90 is payable on enrolment as a contribution towards the cost of study trips and additional specialist materials.

Students at HRC who meet the eligibility criteria can apply to the Bursary Fund for support towards essential kit, visit and material costs. Please note - bursary funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application. For further information contact the Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee Information

Free to Home students under 19 on 31st August 2023.
If you are a Home student aged 19 or over on the 31st August 2023, you may be liable to pay approximately £2,500 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £5,000 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the tuition fees for 2022/2023 and could be subject to change for 2023/2024).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free tuition if the course you choose is on a government-approved list and the qualification is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.

If you are aged over 24 and you have not achieved a full Level 3 qualification you may be entitled to free tuition if the qualification is listed on the Government Free courses for jobs list. Similarly, if you already hold a Level 3 qualification (or above) and meet the Adult Education Budgets definition of unemployed or are in receipt of low wage, you may also be entitled to free tuition.

You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

These fees are indicative of the 2024-25 costs and may be subject to change


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