Creative Media (Motion Graphics & Animation) - Higher National Certificate

The Higher National Certificate in Creative Media Motion Graphics and Animation Production provides you with the required practical and vocational knowledge to enable you to work as a competent practitioner in the Motion Graphics and Animation industry. The programme concentrates on developing creative and technical skills using industry standard software professionally used in the creation of 2D, 3D and motion graphics animations linked to the creative media and gaming industries.

You will benefit from being able to apply your new skills and training with work involving live projects and corporate clients supported by regular guidance from industry professionals.

This course is specifically designed for the creative who has previously studied motion graphics and animation and those who would like to add this specialised area of work to their portfolio to enable them to progress to a higher level of study or enter a career in the creative media industry

Aims of programme

The aims of the programme are:
• To provide you with knowledge of production skills within both the Motion Graphic and Animation industries
• To enable you to develop practical skills in media production across both the Motion Graphic and Animation.
• To focus on the knowledge, skills and understanding required to support learning in a range of vocational settings
• To enable you opportunities to work within the creative media industry, applying the knowledge learnt within the programme, and demonstrating an ability to analyse and evaluate your work-based performance
• To enable you to develop the necessary professional and reflective skills through a variety of stimulating and varied learning environments that can be built on throughout your professional life
• To enhance self-reflection, critical thinking skills and independent learning
• To develop the personal, employability, critical and transferable skills to work effectively across the creative media industry

To provide a suitable academic platform for progression to honours level study or further professional development

Programme contents

Year 1 – (Level 4):
Joint Studies
• Contextual Studies for Creative Media Production (15 Credits)
• Research Techniques for Creative Media Production (15 Credits)
Computer Game Animation
• Practical Skills for Computer Game Animation 15 Credits)
• Computer Games Studies (15 Credits)
• Drawing Techniques for Computer Game Concept Art (15 Credits)
• 2D Digital Graphics for Computer Games (15 Credits)
• 2D Digital Animation for Computer Games (15 Credits)

Moving Image
• Animation Techniques (15 Credits)

Awarding body


Entry requirements

Students under 21:

48 UCAS points, of which no more than 6 points should come from AS levels.

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

. BTEC/National Diploma
. International Baccalaureate
. Advanced & Progression Diplomas
. Access courses

Plus: GCSE English language & Maths with a minimum of grade C/4 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 & still considered.

Progression / Careers

Career options include the Motion Graphics and Animation and gaming industry, where students may work in the industry as Concept Artists, Motion Graphics Artists, 2D/3D Animators/Modellers. Students may also wish to work freelance within the industry across a range of creative roles while some may progress into teaching or training.



Modes of assessment

A range of assessment methods will be used to encourage and develop your skills during the course. These include but are not exclusively include the following; Peer review, taught/directed study, formal written assessment, workshop/practical observation, self-directed independent study, assessment of specific skills (for example software skills, production skills, research skills and skills of application).

Additional information


This information may be subject to change without prior notice.

Timetables are normally available one week before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.