Free online Animation courses
This session National Film & Television School will be offering an open online version of course, ‘Explore Animation.’ This course is intended for animator or a fan of animation who wants to understand more about what happens behind-the-scenes’.
This free online course will help you to learn animation techniques, including stop motion, 2D, CGI and pixilation. The course starts on January 4, 2016.
Course At A Glance
Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 3 hours pw
Institution: National Film & Television School and FutureLearn
Certificate Available: Yes
The National Film and Television School is one of the best and most respected film, television and new media schools in the world. The NFTS is a multi-BAFTA and Oscar winning school. The School delivers more specialist behind-the-camera production courses (from screenwriting through to cinematography, animation and composing) than any other film school in the world.
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About This Course
The National Film and Television School is one of the best and most respected film, television and new media schools in the world.
Following the School’s success at the CILECT Awards (the film school equivalent of the Oscars) the Observer newspaper described the NFTS “as the best film school in the world”.
The National Film School (as it was first named) opened in 1971, the culmination of a major effort by the industry and government to create an institution to educate and train talent for the British film industry.
Why Take This Course?
This course doesn’t require any existing, specialist animation skills or equipment. Team of award-winning animators will take you through their approach to telling stories and demystify their own animation technique. The NFTS is a multi-BAFTA and Oscar winning school. The School delivers more specialist behind-the-camera production courses (from screenwriting through to cinematography, animation and composing) than any other film school in the world. Applicants can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalized certificate in both digital and printed formats — to show that they have taken part.
Each week, our contributors will use examples from their own work, as well as the animated films that have influenced and inspired them, to enable the applicants to explore different forms of animation:
1 – Introducing animation.
2 – Stop motion or stop frame animation.
3 – 2D or cel animation.
4 – CGI or computer animation.
5 – Pixilation and other big-scale animation forms.
Educator on the course ‘Explore Filmmaking’ from the NFTS and Project Lead on the NFTS BFI Film Academy residential for young filmmakers.
Director of Curriculum at the National Film and Television School.
-Tom Woodcock (Mentor)
He works as a teacher of film, media and digital media as well as on a number of film education and training projects.
This course doesn’t require any existing, specialist animation skills or equipment. Although there will be opportunities to try out animation techniques using everyday tools and free application, if you want to enhance your learning experience.
How To Join This Course
- Sign Up At FutureLearn
- Select a course and Join
- Once a course has started, you will be able to access the course material
- After the start date, you will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on your My Courses page.
- Applicants can buy, to show that you’ve completed a FutureLearn course.
- On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).