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Animation BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at New College Nottingham

Course description

This two year course is the perfect step to take if you're looking to pursue a career in the animation industry.  The UK animation industry contributes around £400m towards the UK economy each year with job opportunities in the Television, Feature Film, Advertising, Social Media and Gaming.  

This course combines the artistic and creative aspects of animation with the required practical and technical expertise in order to complete a range of in-house projects, competitions and live industry briefs.  During your time on the course you will develop a wide range of skills and techniques in a number of animation styles including Stop-Motion, Digital Character Animation, Motion Graphics and Visual / Special Effects.   

Alongside all of this you'll be studying in Nottingham's Creative Quarter, right in the heart of the action, with access to all of the latest top of the range equipment.

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Course content

If you want to develop a solid base of technical skills, along with an understanding of how to make a professional quality animation, then this is the course for you.  The course aims to prepare you for progression into higher education and employment and you will leave the course with professional training in the most up to date and relevant industry software such as the full Adobe Creative Suite, Dragonframe, 3DS Max and Cinema 4D.

Students will also be supported in applying for jobs and building a suitable portfolio for interviews and prospective clients.

Entry requirements

You must have ONE of the following:  

  • Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design, Fashion or Media at merit, plus GCSE English or Maths at grade A*-C
  • 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English or Maths  
  • Equivalent qualifications - Functional Skills may be accepted in place of GCSE Maths and/or English

A portfolio of art & design work is required.

This course is aimed at students who want to develop a solid base of technical skills, along with an understanding of the real design process. It would suit those who are aiming to gain employment in the design industry, to work as freelance designers or continue into further or higher education.
Applications from mature students without formal qualifications are welcomed.

Adults 19+ who have industry experience BUT do not have the necessary qualifications can be invited in for interview.


Assessment is continuous and will consist of a portfolio of reports, presentations and creative projects plus a final major project at the end of the year.

Future opportunities

After you've completed this course there's a load of options available to you for further progression. You could go on to study on a foundation degree in multimedia or a degree-level programme in digital media or other higher education courses in the creative sphere.

If you would like to find out more about how this could unfold for you, our advisors are on hand to help – just click the Contact an Advisor option to the right.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Nottingham directly.

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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    • This former lace mill from the 1800s was once the centrepoint of the UK's world renowned lace manufacturing industry but now it's home to more than 50 of ncn's courses, including TV, Film and Digital Industries, Fashion, Multimedia, Games Development, Business and Administration, Aviation, Travel and Tourism, our HE Centre, ICT and many more.

      The building itself is some seven floors and in our fashion and textiles rooms right at the top of the building, you can enjoy some amazing views of the city.
      Across the road we have our Visual Arts Academy housed within another impressive building located at 25 Stoney Street. Here we have vast rooms and studios with amazing light so that all our art, design and photography students can do their thing.
      It's no coincidence that ncn's Visual Arts and Fashion and Media and Digital Academies are in the heart of the Lace Market. The area has been named Nottingham's Creative Quarter where hundreds of small creative businesses operate from. This connnectivity and vibrant environment gives our creative students a head start!