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Apprenticeship training course

Junior animator (level 4)

Create animated assets and content, by producing the motions, gestures, expressions and performance of two or three dimensional characters and inanimate objects.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
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 what is required for their own work as a junior animator by analysing briefs, specifications, visual references, technical and production parameters.
  • Research ideas and information for the animation being created.
  • Read and interpret the relevant sources of information for the production, such as; the script, animatic, x-sheet or dope-sheet, character/object/creature, colour and model reference and soundtrack.
  • Continue to update own animation skills, use new tools, software, data and other related technology.
  • Adapt and be able to meet the requirements of the animation style or genre specified for the production.
  • Use reliable information to keep-up-to date with the laws, regulations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines that govern animation and how they affect your work.
  • Maintain an awareness of the current priorities, constraints and opportunities of your work as junior animator at all times.
  • Comply with relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures such as health and safety.
  • Work methodically in an organised and concentrated manner, paying particular attention to detail.
  • Identify the information you need to carry out your work to expected standards on each animation production.
  • Work effectively both individually and as part of a wider animation team.
  • Operate within and adhere to agreed organisational policies, standards and procedures.
  • Maintain an awareness of the current priorities, constraints and opportunities of the client's budget or production requirements at all times.
  • Move characters/objects/creatures in whatever style is required to meet the creative, narrative and technical demands of the production.
  • Respond to feedback about the animated material you create in a positive way, making refinements as requested by clients or supervisors.
  • Deliver good customer service in a creative environment.
  • Develop an animated character/object/creature through its movement and timing.
  • Contribute ideas to aid the creative development of the character/object/creature, shot and overall production.
  • Create animations using given camera angles, or make adjustments to camera animations according to the production demands and schedule.
  • Create the assets that meet the requirements of the animation department.
  • Plan story/playboards to communicate key ideas with the team or clients.
  • Create story/playboards that depict the script and narrative.
  • Present work in progress, or completed animations to colleagues or clients.
  • Respond carefully to questions, making sure you provide the information the audience is asking for.
  • Animate primary and secondary characters/objects/creatures and elements.
  • Interpret the personality and traits of the character/object/creature, conveying the emotions, behaviours and actions within a scene.
  • Ensure that animations are in sync with the soundtrack.
  • Create animation in line with production demands, and ensure the output is correct for the next stage of the process.
  • Select and use the industry standard software package required by the particular animation production.
  • Adapt to the various styles, techniques, procedures and software that may be required by the animation production.
  • Prepare and store files in line with production requirements, to enable the next stage of animation production to run efficiently.
  • Undertake test renders at appropriate times to determine the length of time required for rendering and check for errors.
  • Establish the render settings that gain the required appearance and create sufficient flexibility for compositing.
  • Apply render settings that enable the required degree of realism.
  • Prioritise renders in accordance with production priorities.
  • Calculate render times and storage space required to meet production requirements.

Full information on Junior animator (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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