Courses at UCEN Manchester combine a variety of teaching and learning activities including seminars, lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and independent work individually as well as in groups.
In addition, these primary teaching and learning methods may be supplemented with field trips, work placements, guest lectures, presentations and group activities as applicable to each subject area.
UCEN campuses have libraries equipped with computers and printers for students which can be used in addition to the classrooms and course specific workspaces such as technology suites, workshops, laboratories and artistic/photographic studios.
As well as the software available to students on campus computers such as the Adobe suite, students are also able to use Microsoft Office remotely from their own laptops and access course materials using the Virtual Learning Environment.

Fielden Park Campus
Part Time
2 years
January 2019
Academic requirements:
• 48 UCAS points in a related subject area.

• Students that have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered.

• Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

You will study the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Creative Media Production (Animation and Motion Graphics) and this will equip you with the skills you need to bring your ideas and your creativity to life. If you want to make your artwork move, this is the course for you!

Through a series of challenging practical briefs, workshops and seminars, you will master the skills needed to make a big splash in the exciting and rewarding world of Animation and Motion Graphics.

To meet increased industry demand for multidisciplinary practitioners this course has been developed to provide emerging designers with the range of skills and experience needed to continue in Higher Education and ultimately build a successful career.

Students on the course have the opportunity to study both traditional and digital animation techniques and will be encouraged to develop their skills in drawing and illustration, creative writing and storytelling, storyboarding, character design, model-making, 2d motion and timing and compositing.

The course is rooted in developing conceptual thinking and visual communication skills, giving you the opportunity to experiment, problem solve and explore your creative potential, personal expression and individuality.

During the year long programme of study, you are introduced to the basic principles of animation and motion graphics tapping into the three main building blocks of the creative process, thinking – where ideas generation occurs, visual communication – where a variety of mixed media approaches are used to evolve ideas, progressing to screen-based issues where you will use a variety of industry standard software applications to give original concepts the final polish.

All this is underpinned by a programme of Contextual Studies where learning takes into consideration historical and cultural aspects of the creative industry and animation world.
There will be material costs relating to the creative requirements of the course for the development of your unique products and animations.

You will need sketchbooks and resources to develop portfolios in physical and digital formats to showcase work.

Depending on your creative ideas the costs of producing the work necessary for the course can range from £50-£100.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here.

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