Understand the processes of 3D modelling and animation Understand the processes of 3D modelling and animation

Academic Lead: Dr Stephen Laycock

Accreditation: 20 UCU/10 ECTS

Academic level: Undergraduate level 5 

Learning to understand the processes involved in 3D modelling and animation is essential for much of the work that takes place in digital media today. This module aims to introduce students to this exciting area, focussing on the principles and practices involved in digital animation.

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the issues involved in the creation of 3D models and how they are used to create visual images and animations. The module will take a practical and hands on approach to learning and provide students with a real insight into the professional world of digital animation.

The module will tutor students on the use of Autodesk 3ds Max software and throughout the course of the programme they will learn to develop their own 3D models. Students will understand how 3D models can be modified in a variety of different ways, how to manipulate images, how to apply a range of textures and surfaces, and explore ways of creating effects such as lighting for realism.

Field trips may include:

Visits to exhibitions at London Science Museum and Bletchley Park, once the top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers

By the end of the module students will:

  • Be able to apply skills in 3D modelling and animation. 
  • Be able to analyse real world scenarios and proper character modelling solutions. 
  • Be able to evaluate natural phenomena from an animation perspective and identify transformation methods for specific situations. 
  • Have gained experience of media design processes. 
  • Have improved presentation skills. 
  • Have improved analysis and problem-solving skills.



Students should come equipped with an interest in learning about digital animation. No specific knowledge or experience is required. 

Student Experience:

"The best thing about my module, Digital Animation, was being exposed to people who work in the field – the instructors are dedicated, are the best at what they do and impart not only knowledge but their enthusiasm for the subject matter, further driving you to excel and do more. There was never a dull moment: each instructor had their own strengths in regards to animation and always shared everything they knew without reserve. They assist whenever required and support you in every way possible". John, Australia. Digital Animation 2014

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