Course Info

16 - 19
Art & Design
  • creative

Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 year

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Course Overview

This course is taught by staff from specialist animation and graphics backgrounds.  You will undertake a range of projects that enable you gain skills in both digital and 3D stop animation. You will benefit from the great facilities that we have here at Croydon School of Art, including a 3D stop animation suit, green screen facilities, many Mac suites, and video and film editing facilities with great technical support.

This course is aimed at those students who will thrive on being challenged creatively as it will develop you skills in research, design development,

You are encouraged to take an experimental and open minded approach to exploring ideas which challenge and develop creative thinking and making skills. You will be guided about the direction of your work so that you grow in confidence and you will be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses through regular one to one meetings with your tutor. This will enable you to develop your skills and learn quickly, allowing plenty of opportunities for you to achieve your creative potential.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course Highlights

Throughout the year you will be invited to take part in live briefs set by major cultural organisations and local businesses, along with the opportunity to exhibit work in our own Parfitt Gallery. You will be actively supported in entering competitions and festivals and in collaborating with music and drama students. Furthermore, our end of year show is our biggest event in which we celebrate your success along with your family and friends in a professional environment.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of visits to exhibitions and events, and there are a number of work placement opportunities available that vary each year.

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. Employers attend our popular employability events and you can discuss Apprenticeships and progression opportunities in our Employability Hub or in the Apprenticeship Office.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

The completion of this course will enable you to progress onto  the second year to complete your L3 Extended Diploma. You will then be able to progress onto a degree course in animation or game design. Our former students are now attending many of the top university courses in the UK.


Assessment is assignment-based with no formal exams. Formal and informal assessment will take place continually throughout the programme with individual and group critiques, peer assessment and group work, regular one to one feedback and structured guidance helping you to develop your skills and learn quickly, allowing for plenty of opportunities for you to achieve your potential.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C; or

A related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results may also be considered); and

A GCSE at grade 9-4/A*-C (or equivalent) in English or Mathematics; or

English and Mathematics assessed at Level 1 or above by College assessment.

Mature applicants may be considered on relevant experience without having the required entry requirements. However, an interview will always be required.

A satisfactory reference may also be requested.

A portfolio of work that shows research into your approach to creative work.

How To Apply

Use the below link to apply for the above course.