Animation & Illustration Level 3

This two-year course will teach you a high degree of skill in animation and illustration. You will focus on the narrative and develop characters and stories before bringing them to life through traditional 2D animation, graphic novels, and more advanced techniques such as stop motion animation.

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Level 3

Course Type

16 +


Options Course Code Starts Ends
apply 60001y1 09/09/24 04/07/25

What will I study?

During this full-time course, you will learn a high degree of skill in the fields of animation and illustration.

The focus of the course will be narrative, the development of characters, and stories that can be told through traditional 2D animation and printed genres, such as Graphic Novels and Manga.

You will understand different types of illustration and professional illustration practice and be able to plan how to satisfy and respond to professional illustration briefs. You will be able to develop a range of ideas in response to those briefs, present them for client feedback, and then be able to produce a final illustrated outcome.

You will study how to create characters for use in animation, graphic novels and comics. You will then create a new character and develop it through drawings into a final professional outcome. You will study how different types of animation are produced before generating a story, placing your character in an environment to produce a short animated film.

You'll then channel your skills and creativity to develop an advertising campaign and create company branding materials.

Please take the time to have a look at our previous students work:




What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

Minimum five grade 4-9 at GCSE or successful completion of the Level 2 course, and English and/or maths at grade 4.

How will I be assessed?

The course is 100% project/assignment-based, and there are no exams. You will be continually assessed throughout the course, and the second year will culminate in a final project which will be graded as a pass, merit or distinction.

Please have a look at our first and second year assignments:



What qualification will I achieve?

Once you have completed this course, you will achieve a UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology (Animation & Illustration).

What can I do after completing this course?

Once you have finished this course, you will be ready to progress on to our Level 6 Animation Degree course or study a creative degree at university. Afterwards, you'll be ready to start your career with your fully developed skill set in line with industry expectations and standards.

Are there any extra costs?

There will be some extra costs involved with this course as we will organise trips to enrich your learning.

Additional Info

How does the qualification provide employability skills? There are opportunities during the course to give you the chance to develop your employability skills and practice problem-solving and communication skills.

Suggested reading

  • Andrew Loomis – Creative illustration
  • The Illusion of Life – Disney Animation
  • The Animators Survival Kit
  • Basics Animation – Digital Animation
  • Advanced Animation – Preston Blair
  • Setting the Scene – Fraser Maclean

Suggested online learning To get a head start, head over to these websites