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Apprenticeship training course

Storyboard artist (level 7)

To use storyboards to visualise the narrative, planning shots and drawing panels to demonstrate the staging/action, and maintain continuity between scenes of a production.

Qualification level
Equivalent to master’s degree.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Creative and design
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Determine and manage relevant aspects of a production which are part of the pre-production phase
  • Analyse and interpret a script or creative brief to identify the specifications for drawings and other visual information required during pre-production
  • Assess and select methods, media and the relevant scale for producing suitable drawings
  • Take and give direction and be able to implement feedback quickly and effectively
  • Design and plan the sequences, scenes, shots and action that are needed to communicate the narrative
  • Ensure that your plans take into account the following conditions; shot composition, timings, transitions, camera moves, sound track, scratch dialogue, music, sound effects, special effects, pacing and rhythm
  • Ensure that your visual story meets the proposed design constraints, technical requirements, facilities and production process for the production
  • Adapt narratives to meet the different design, technical and production requirements as required
  • Adapt style and make changes to drawings as required
  • Create tonal, atmospheric work that maybe required to generate a colour script
  • Use effective drawing techniques which meet the production style, and which convey artistic and technical requirements for others
  • Consult with appropriate experts when specialist skills are required to ensure the relevant technical information is clearly expressed in the drawings and other material
  • Visualise a 2D board into a 3D environment
  • Ensure the drawings and associated material are complete, accurate and comply with design information and industry technical conventions
  • Ensure that there are sufficient drawings to present to the decision makers for the production
  • Ensure that drawings clearly show the visual effect, at key stages, intended by the decision makers for the production; such as the director
  • Produce drawings that accurately relate to the associated graphical information and specifications
  • Present information in a way that emphasises the full range of benefits associated with your proposal and concept for the production
  • Include the information that is of most interest to your audience and which portrays your proposal and concept in the best way
  • Use language which clearly conveys the topic, and which is appropriate to the audience
  • Respond carefully to questions, making sure you provide the information the audience is asking for
  • Evaluate the success of your presentation and identify changes that will improve your presentation technique in the future
  • Work collaboratively to build rapport and trust with the production team to ensure the production is on schedule and on budget
  • Establish and manage complex relationships with multiple colleagues, customers, suppliers and professional networks
  • Liaise with the director and other colleagues at regular intervals to facilitate the creative process and delivery of required outcomes
  • Manage your own time and contribution making sure your work has a positive effect on others involved
  • Analyse and advise when changes requested by others will have an adverse effect on production budget, timescales, end result or other parts of the workflow and communicate this in an appropriate manner
  • Maintain a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail in line with delivery requirements for productions
  • Operate within and adhere to, agreed organisational policies, standards and procedures
  • Assess, select and use the industry standard software package required by the particular production
  • Prepare and store files in line with production requirements to enable the next stage of production to run efficiently
  • Undertake final archiving and subsequent data restoration from archives
  • Network and market yourself appropriately, keeping up to date with forecasted productions
  • Establish, follow-up and regularly maintain business contacts within the industry
  • Ensure that you have systems in place that help identify work opportunities at an early stage
  • Proactively develop and maintain own professional competence, with the willingness to learn new processes and technical skills, and manage own continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Seek constructive feedback from relevant people about your performance, evaluating the feedback to identify development needs
  • Evaluate own skills and knowledge to determine future development needs
  • Continue to update own skills relating to use of new tools, software, data and other related technology

Full information on Storyboard artist (level 7) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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