- Two Highers or equivalent.
- Appropriate Level 6 course.
- For those returning to education, life skills and experience may allow entry.
- Advanced entry directly to year 2 with 15 credits from HNC 3D Computer Animation.
HND (SCQF Level 8)
28 Aug 2023
The HND 3D Computer Animation course will provide you with the technical and creative skills needed for a career in the animation industry. Students will explore a range of topics such as character design and modelling, environmental modelling, special effects, compositing and motion graphics. Using industry-standard software and equipment students will learn the technical process of animation – from design, storyboarding, modeling and animating, through to the final editing process.
Students will have an opportunity to learn 3Ds Max, After Effects, Photoshop, traditional drawing, character design, storyboarding, animation principles and techniques to create a wide range of animation.
You will focus on specific aspects of the industry such as:
• Traditional drawing skills
• Character animation and modelling
• 2D animation and motion graphics
• Special effects
Everything you need to know about applying for this course.
HND 3D Computer Animation (SCQF Level 8).
If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.
If you are studying a full-time advanced course (HNC level or above), you may be entitled to funding.
You can apply for a full-time course online or using a paper form.
Open Days are a great way to find out more about this course and what it’s like to study at NESCol. You will see facilities, meet lecturers and get a feel for life as a student.
NESCol can provide extra support to students who have additional support needs, including:
You may be eligible for additional funding to support the cost of living, including travel costs, cost of materials, and childcare.
Find out more about the types of funding and whether you are eligible here
Whether you wish to progress in your studies or enter the world of work, North East Scotland College has excellent progression opportunities, with links to eight universities across Scotland and great relationships with industry employers.
Students successfully completing this course may progress towards a number of related degree programmes at one of our associate universities.
A qualification in this subject area could lead to a wide variety of exciting employment opportunities in 3D animation, across a range of industries:
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