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Creative Animation HND

(SCQF level 8)

, Creative Industries

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This is a broad-based course that will develop your creative and technical animation skills, encompassing both traditional animation techniques and digital practices

The course prides itself on providing relevant industrial skills and experience and you will be expected to complete a range of live and client-led projects. 

During your time on the course, you will also have opportunities to undertake study trips at both home and abroad. Recent trips have included Berlin, Amsterdam, the Outer Hebrides, and the art galleries of Glasgow and Edinburgh.    

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

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

Year one entry:
  • Higher Art and Design at Grade C or above AND National 5 English at Grade C or above; OR
  • NC Art and Design, Graphic Arts Portfolio, Graphic Design or Illustration; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.
Year two entry:
  • An HNC in Computer Arts and Design or an equivalent level qualification.

Additional selection requirements

  • 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 this subject area.
  • You'll be asked to provide examples of your art and design work, including figure drawings. If you don’t have the required qualifications, we’ll consider you for a place based on your experience and examples of your work.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

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, web design studios, advertising agencies, and other clients requiring animation or motion graphics sequences.

Continuing Study

On successful completion of your HND you may apply to:

  • Year two of BA (Hons) Animation 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 the City of Glasgow College.
  • Year three of BDes (Hons) Computer Arts at Abertay 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 other storage devices; 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:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome