Course Brief

Digital animation is the process used for generating frame-by-frame moving images that become animations by using specialised computer software applications for modelling and rendering. Digital animation may use 2D or 3D computer graphics and, inmany ways, has become the successor to traditional ‘cell’ animation, rotoscoping and stop motion practices and techniques.

The rise in the use of digital animation, is due to the animators’ ability to exercise greater control than in traditional animation techniques and practices. Digital animation also enables an individual animator to produce high-quality results without the use of expensive set pieces, props and/or actors. Further, it facilitates the creation of animations that would not be feasible through traditional means.

This unit introduces students to the technical skills and knowledge required in digital animation. Students will develop the skills to plan, produce and publish their own digital animations effectively using industry standard animation software.


  • This course is offered in 60 contact hours

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explore the development of digital animation and its application in different contexts.
  2. Plan a digital animation using storyboards, sketches and planning tools.
  3. Use industry standard production and post-production tools and techniques to develop a digital animation, for a specific target audience.
  4. Critically evaluate a digital animation based on viewer feedback and reflection.

Unit level: 5
Credit value: 15

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