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Digital Communication Design Animation Industry (Full-time)

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Digital Communication Design Animation Industry HNC (Full-time)

The Animation Industry is heavily tied to a range of career pathways, ranging from Film to TV, Advertising to Medical Applications.

Within the course we will be looking at utilising the medium of Animation to develop and enhance existing ideas and concepts beyond static imagery. By developing and applying animation principles, advertising campaigns and branding can take on a new video format that helps brings these ideas into our modern, screen based, world.

We uniquely benefit from being located in Bedford due to being a short train/bus journey from key animation and advertising hubs in the UK; London, Cambridge, Oxford, and Milton Keynes.

As a combined pathway course, you’ll be shown a range of creative practices form multi-disciplined lecturers, closely reflecting the intertwined nature of the digital creative industry as it is now compared to the segmented structure of many other similar courses.

Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements

To join the course, you will need either a National Diploma, Foundation Diploma, T Level, or equivalent Level 3 qualification in one of the following subject areas: Art & Design or Creative Media Production, ideally in Animation or Graphic Design.

Applications from A-Level programs who display high levels of creativity and passion for the subject, along with mature students, who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.

Qualification gained

Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC – The Animation Industry.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be graded on through a series of assignments, individually graded and summed together at the end of the academic year to provide a final grade.

Feedback is provided throughout to help develop and enhance work produced.

Course content

What will I study?

Course delivery is by practising, specialist lecturers (including visiting professionals), in well-equipped studios supported by one-to-one tutorials and group discussions and seminars to inform personal progress and aid assessment.

The course consists of two assessment units which cover the development of core competencies for the workplace: contextual knowledge, ideas generation, design strategies, technical knowledge and skills, professional practice and communication and presentation skills.

A1 Concept & Development – 340 GLH (guided learning hours)
A2 Creative Project – 140 GLH (guided learning hours)

Next steps

Course progression:

HNC qualification entitles progression internally to:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND – The Animation Industry
  • UoN Level 6 top Up  Degree in Visual Communication

You may also wish to progress to University entering at Year 1 or 2 of a degree program.


Additional information

Trips / work placements:

TBC – but to include national and international cultural trips enhancing students’ knowledge within the subject.


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Take the next step

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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 18/09/2024
Type: HE
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Wednesday, TH
Time(s): 9:15am - 4:30pm
Fees: £6,000.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.