Animation (Portfolio Preparation)

Animation (Portfolio Preparation)

This evening course is designed to provide aspiring animators with the essential skills and knowledge necessary to create an animation portfolio. The course is structured as a hands-on workshop format: you will develop your own animation concept as a “pitch” portfolio ( for TV, film or web) with guidance and feedback from teachers and students alike.
By the end of the 8 week course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to pursue a career or educational opportunities in areas such as film FX, television, advertising, gaming, or independent animation.

Course Content

Week 1: Introduction to Animation

  • Overview of animation principles and techniques
  • Exploring different animation styles and genres

Week  2: Animation Fundamentals: Bouncing Ball

  • Principles of motion and movement
  • Animation Project: Bouncing Ball (digital or flip-book)

Week 3: Portfolio Planning

  • Defining your animation portfolio goals
  • What makes an effective portfolio?                                                              
  • Story structures in animation & film                                                           


Week 4: Story & Concept Development

  • Developing an animation project or story (the seed of an idea)
  • Scripting basics

Week 5: Pitch Day

  • Individual concept pitch
  • Individual concept feedback

Week 6: Character Development Strategies

  • Creating compelling characters
  • Basics of character design and development
  • Creating appealing backgrounds and environments

Week 7: Visual Design and Backgrounds

  • Colour theory and tone
  • Translation from script to storyboard

Week 8: Storyboarding / Portfolio in Process

  • Fundamentals of visual storytelling and composition
  • Ongoing Portfolio feedback
  • Strategies for online/offline promotion
  • Final portfolio presentation and feedback session
  • Exploring career opportunities and further education in animation

Course Dates

Tuesday Evenings from 3rd October to 28th November (No class on Tue 31st Oct) (8 Weeks) 6:30-9pm (20 Hours)

Course Costs


What to Bring

Participants on this course should have many of their own Art Supplies. A comprehensive list can be found by clicking here