Motion Graphics & Animation - Foundation Diploma

The Level 4 Motion Graphics and Animation Foundation Studies programme is ideal for the student who has studied 2D, 3D, Motion Graphics or a related art and design course as this course will give you the opportunity to continue your chosen specialist pathway and enhance your existing skills to a professional level giving you a wider range of work prospects.

Employers are searching for talented designers and artists with technical knowledge and strong industry-based skills, the Level 4 Motion Graphics and Animation Foundation Studies programme course will enable you to gain an understanding of how a professional studio works; we encourage students to work on live briefs and working with employers which should strengthen your links to industry.

You’ll be working in a studio of like-minded creatives with access to Mac based studios, industry standard software such as Adobe CC Suite, Autodesk Maya, graphic tablets, small and large format printers, 3D studios, 3D printers and a laser-cutter.

The Creative Digital Design department at NKC prides itself in delivering an outstanding experience across a range of courses that focus on enhancing opportunities for our students to gain access into the extremely competitive creative industries.

Our Study Programme includes opportunities for you to develop your English and Maths skills as required. You may be expected to complete either functional skills or GCSE qualifications as part of your course depending on your GCSE results.

Entry requirements

Level 3 Extended National Diploma or 3 A-Levels A-C and a portfolio of work.

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:
• BTEC/National Diploma
• International Baccalaureate
• Advanced & Progression Diplomas
• Access courses

Plus: GCSE English language & Math’s with a minimum of grade C or recognised equivalent are required

Students over 21:
If you do not have the above UCAS for GCSE requirements but have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered.

Progression / Careers

2D Artist/Animator

Graphic Designer

Creative Professional


Tuition Fees:
16-18 - free
19+ Advanced Learning Loan - £TBA

Exam and Registration Fees (payable by all aged 19 and over): £175
Material Fee - £150

This course may also attract additional costs, for example, kit, uniform or books, that all students will be required to pay. Please contact the College for further details.

Modes of assessment

The course is made up of 7 units of work that has been built into industry standard project briefs. Units 1 – 6 are assessed on a Pass or Fail basis whereas Unit 7 (FMP) is assessed as a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Units 1 - 6 will be internally assessed and internally verified through students’ portfolios of evidence and are subject to UAL Awarding Body’s external quality assurance. Unit 7 will be internally assessed, internally and externally moderated against the assessment and grading criteria for the unit. To achieve a Pass in units 1–6, all assessment criteria must be met To achieve a Pass in Unit 7, all assessment criteria must be met Additionally, Unit 7 is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. To achieve a Merit or Distinction grade, all criteria in the respective categories must be met in full. Failure to meet assessment criteria will lead to referral. Students are allowed one opportunity to redeem a referral at Pass grade only.