National Film and Television School: Character Animation

InstitutionNational Film and Television School View institution profile
Department Film and Television
Telephone 01494 731425
Study type Taught


In partnership with Aardman – the home of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Early Man and more – this intensive 12-week course is taught by industry professionals at Aardman studios in Bristol.

The course aims to enable students to develop the core practical skills needed to become competent professional animators and to create believable characters through acting and performance. Each year it evolves with industry needs and best practice.

Students also attend specific Acting for Animation workshops, life drawing and yoga, supporting animation exercises designed to challenge and expand the students’ repertoire of performance animation.

The course has an incredibly successful track record with over 80% of graduates having worked in the industry at studios such as Aardman Features, Animortal, Blink Ink, Blue Zoo, Jellyfish, Factory Create, Traveller’s Tales and on the recent Wes Anderson Isle of Dogs feature film.

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

National Film and Television School


About the NFTS
First established in 1971 and celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, the National Film and Television School (NFTS) has evolved to become a leading global institution, developing some of Britain and the world’s top creative talent. It is widely acknowledged to be the top school of its kind in the UK and one of the best internationally. In 2018, the NFTS was awarded both the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema and the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

With a graduate employment rate of over 90%, the NFTS …

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