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Animation – an Introduction

This exciting course gives budding animators aged 12–15 an insight into the world of animation, focusing on hand-drawn animation 2D animation.

Course overview

This highly creative introductory course for young artists aged 12–15 years old runs on Saturday mornings and is available to study in either our autumn or spring term. Check out the term dates and other course details below.

Dates

Saturday 1 October 2022 – 19 November 2022

Duration and times

8 Saturdays 9.30–12.30

Tutor

Olivia Hanson

Fee

£209

Class capacity

16

Dates

Saturday 28 January 2023 – 18 March 2023

Duration and times

8 Saturdays 9.30–12.30

Tutor

Olivia Hanson

Fee

£209

Class capacity

16

Course details

This exciting course has been specifically developed for young animators aged 12–15 that are taking their first steps in the world of animation or have some previous experience. With expert guidance from their tutor, we’ll help them harness their creativity, artistic knowledge, and gain confidence in creating and sharing their work.

This is a perfect opportunity for a young artist to push their ideas and let loose with their creativity. Animation has no limits, and through this course, young artists can take their first steps into the amazing world of animation!

Each week students will learn new skills using industry standard equipment and techniques that are vital in the world of animation. Skills covered includes 2D animation, character design, storyboarding, as well as a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental principles of animation.

Students will be working in our university specialist studio spaces that have been home to our award-winning graduates, using tools and equipment that the creative industries rely on and become a part of our creative community.

 We understand how important young creative artists are – they've so much potential, untapped abilities, and enthusiasm. On this course they’ll be supported to fully explore their creative talent and future potential as an animator.

We encourage our young artists to be themselves, and as such we harness a budding artists’ natural style and flair, therefore enabling them to utilise existing creative interests and acquire new skills in the development of their own unique creative visual language.

It goes without saying, too, that we ensure all our young learners are included, respected, and supported every step of the way on their creative journey with us.

  • 2D animation
  • An introduction to the 12 principles of animation
  • Character design
  • Storyboarding
  • Staging and timing in animation

Olivia Hanson is a passionate 2D animator, with 3 years experience in the animation industry. After Olivia decided that she wanted to be an animator, she developed her skills at Arts University Bournemouth studying BA (Hons) Animation Production where she led animation on her British Animation Award nominated final film "Cats Can't Swim". Olivia has worked in both character and effects animation for shows such as "It's Pony" and Netflix's new show "Deadend: A Paranormal Park". She loves bringing characters alive through her work and creating a world to get stuck into!

This course aims to:

  • Provide a new or improved understanding of animation, character design and storyboarding
  • Encourage young animators to explore and develop ideas, incorporating essential skills in communication, improving their knowledge of drawing and design and exploring the different aspects of animation

  • An improved understanding of the creative process behind animation
  • An improved understanding of the 12 principles of animation
  • Boost confidence in sharing work with peers
  • Experience using industry standard animation equipment
  • Improve on fundamental art and design skills
  • An understanding of the importance of preparation, practice and perseverance within animation
  • A boost to confidence and creativity!
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Saturday Art School certificate of attendance

Students should be aged between 12-15 years and be prepared to bring lots of energy and enthusiasm!

Students don't need any previous experience to enrol on this course as it is aimed at both the complete beginner and those with some previous experience. All we ask is that students have a passion for animation.

All course materials are provided.