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

  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design is an internationally recognized qualification that prepares students for employment in the design sector in areas such as Web Design, Animation, Marketing, Illustration, Multimedia as well as the business aspects of Corporate and Freelance design.

    Learners will be able to direct their studies to specialize in either Graphic Design, Digital Design or Arts Practice. This programme allows learners to develop a contemporary focus on areas of creative practice relevant to their chosen career path.

    Pearson is the largest International awarding body approved by the UK government; it has the widest range of UK academic and vocational qualifications available to schools, colleges and organizations worldwide; operating in over 110 countries, over two million people study for Pearson qualifications in over 7000 centres annually.

    Graduates will be able to gain direct access to the extended final year of the BA (Hons) in Graphic Design offered by the University of Sunderland.