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The Aardman Academy was established in 2013 to help meet the growing demand for animators in the UK, and to strengthen the ties between the animation industry and education. The flagship Certificate in Character Animation Course is run in partnership with the National Film and Television School, and we are constantly developing new courses to meet the needs of animation students, professionals and academics, across all disciplines in the animation industry.

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Upcoming Courses

21st May 2020 – Storyboarding Workshop with Sam Horton via Zoom – REGISTER NOW
29th June – 3rd July 2020 – 5 day Sketch to Screen Model Making with Jim Parkyn via Zoom – REGISTER NOW
6-8th July 2020 – Maquette Making for Animation via Zoom – REGISTER NOW
29th June – 10th July – Model Making Summer School – POSTPONED – REGISTER NOW FOR 2021
7-9th October 2020 Shirt Tales: Costume Making – REGISTER NOW
14-15th October 2020 – Two day Storyboarding Workshop with Sam Horton – REGISTER NOW
First Steps Model Making – ENQUIRE NOW
Gateway into Industry: How to get into the industry and finding your place within it – ENQUIRE NOW


I would not have had the skills or the opportunities to get a job had it not been for this course. My animation had improved so much, I’ve had a fantastic time and I’ve managed to get a job! Everyone in the studio has made us feel welcome and included so a huge thank you to everyone involved!

Realising that I am an animator, not that I might be one.

I loved pretty much every aspect of it. Being at a working studio has been an amazing experience.

Over my expectations, the course was excellently planned and executed. With the time given to the course (that passed by quickly!) it feels like it couldn’t have been used in a more effective way than this. It was exactly what I had hoped for and a complete joy to do.

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