Digital Media Animation NPA @ SCQF Level 5

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Visual Communication

Introduction

This is an online course which gives you insight into the limitless world of animation. You will learn a range of animation skills and processes in order to develop your creativity and technical skills. The course also enables you to develop your creative thinking skills, imagination and digital ability.

Location:

Dumfries

Duration

1 year
3 hours a week online session with your tutor (Via Teams)
1 hour a week directed study 
Independent study may also be required

Entry Requirements

  • Successful interview
  • A general interest in animation
  • Bring some examples of creative work to interview (these can be images or video taken on your phone)

Resources required

PC or Mac with following specs:

Windows

 

Minimum requirement

Processor

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support

Operating system

Windows 10 version 1803, 1809 and later (64 bit)

RAM

8 GB of RAM (16 GB recommended)

Hard disk space

5 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; more free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)

 

Additional disk space for disk cache (10GB recommended)

Monitor resolution

1280x1024 display

GPU

OpenGL version 3.3 or higher (DirectX 12 with feature level 12_0 recommended)

Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D renderer

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*


MacOS

 

Minimum requirement

Processor

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support

Operating system

macOS X version 10.13 (64 bit), version 10.14 (64 bit) or version 10.15 (64 bit)

RAM

8GB of RAM (16GB recommended)

Hard disk space

6 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; more free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)

 

Additional disk space for disk cache (10GB recommended)

Monitor resolution

1024x900 display (1280x1024 recommended)

GPU

OpenGL version 3.3 or higher (Metal Support recommended)

Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D renderer

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

Software

QuickTime 10.x software recommended


Software

  • Adobe Animate
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Media Encoder
  • Adobe Premiere Rush

 


You will also need:

  • Drawing paper
  • Graphite pencil
  • Fineliner
  • Coloured pencils
  • Camera/smart phone to capture video
Scanner/camera to capture stills/copy artwork

Additional Entry Requirements

Examples of Creative Work
 
You will need to submit your examples of creative work prior to your interview. 
 
Please email admissions@dumgal.ac.uk with images of your work, a website or Instagram link. 
If you have any technical difficulties, please let us know. 
You can show us work via your webcam during your Teams interview but please let us know in advance if this is how you plan to show your full portfolio. 

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment. 

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Please remember that you are required to bring examples of creative work with you, this could be video (max 1 minute), photography, drawings or any other creative work.

Course Content

  • You will have the opportunity to develop and create animations using a range of media and techniques
  • You will be able to develop both your creative and technical skills
You will develop your understanding of animation through evaluating your own and the work of others.  Course content is subject to change

Assessments

Assessments are practical and written.

Progression

The course includes an NPA award. There will be progression opportunities into creative industries subjects such as Photography, Visual Communication (Graphic Design with Moving Image) or Art and Design.

Candidates can use the NPA to progress further in the field of animation and other related industries, whether it is web animation or complex character animation for the film and games industries.

Career Prospects

Candidates can use the NPA to progress further in the field of animation and other related industries, whether it is web animation or complex character animation for the film and games industries.

Additional funding information

N/A

Course Contact Details

Michelle Hodgson email hodgsonm@dumgal.ac.uk

Selling Points

  • Learn about the principles of animation
  • Develop skills in producing both two and three dimensional animation
  • Start to discover your creative style
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