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Art and Animation HND

(SCQF level 8)

Design Crafts & Graphic Arts, Faculty of Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

28th Aug 2017, 2 years

28th Aug 2017, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


The Art and Animation course provides an Introduction to both animation and traditional art practices.  It is very broad-based and covers many different aspects of how to create animated moving images and encompasses both traditional and digital techniques.

One of the focuses of the course is to give you the knowledge and skills to articulate onto University and or Art School. This will include an understanding of the role that process plays in art and design and is reflective of your own creative practice. On the course, we continually underpin the importance of developing individual ideas rather than copying existing styles. 

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This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Creative Industries Information Session - come along on Tuesday 28th November and find out more about our courses.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

Year one entry:
  • NC in Art and Design, Graphic Arts portfolio, Illustration or Graphic Design, OR
  • Art and Design at Higher and English at minimum Intermediate 2, OR
  • Art and Design at Higher and English at National 5 level.

You'll also be expected to submit examples of your art and design work, including figure drawings to support your application. If you don’t have the required qualifications, we’ll consider you for a place based on your experience and examples of your work.

Year two entry:
  • An HNC in Computer Arts and Design or an equivalent level qualification.


You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview, where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in the subject.

You'll be expected to show examples of your art & design work at the interview.


What you study

Year one:
  • Introduction to Animation
  • Scriptwriting
  • Developmental Drawing
  • Life Drawing
  • Mixed Media
  • Digital Imaging
  • Art and Design Context
  • Theory and Practice
  • Professional Studies
Year two:
  • Advanced Projects
  • Compositing and Motion Graphics
  • 3D Computer Visualisation
  • 3D Animation Motion Studies
  • Art and Design Presentation
  • Drawing 
  • Professional Studies


After the course


Students who complete their HND can progress to a career in motion graphics as an: animator, storyboard artist, layout artist, character developer, compositor, vfx designer and other related specialist.

There are opportunities for employment in-house or as a self-employed freelancer working for animation studios, VFX companies, BBC, STV, TV production companies, wed design studios, advertising agencies, and other clients requiring animation or motion graphics sequences.

Continuing Study at Degree level.


Continuing study

Successful students can progress on to:

On successful completion of your HND you may apply to:

  • Year two of BA (Hons) Animatioin at Dundee University
  • Year two of BA (Hons) Animation at Edinburgh College of Art
  • Year two of BA (Hons) Time-based Art at the University of Dundee.
  • Year three of BSc (Hons) 3D Animation and Visualisation at Glasgow Caledonian University,
  • Year three of BA (Hons) Digital Art & Design at UWS (Ayr campus)
  • Year three of BA (Hons) Computer Animation (with options) at the University of the West of Scotland.
  • Year three of BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice at City of Glasgow College.
  • Year three of BDes (Hons) Computer Arts at Abertyay University (Dundee)


How the course is taught

The course is taught through a series of practical studio based projects. There are opportunities to work on live projects and take part in national student competitions. Throughout the year there are visits to exhibitions and professional studios. In addition we have a robust programme of visiting professionals and guest speakers, providing insight into the real world aspects of working in the creative industries.

Assessment methods

Coursework is continually assessed throughout the academic year. The year is divided into 3 teaching blocks and so assessment is spread evenly throughout the course. There are opportunities for re-assessment throughout the year. There are no end of term exams.

Additional Information


You'll be expected to provide your own basic materials including a USB pen drive or another storage device; A3 sketchbooks; b&w fine liner pens and colour markers; steel ruler; craft knife & blades; glue stick; scissors; pencils & eraser: masking tape; brushes; inks and paints.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    28th Aug 2017, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome