Digital animation and new literacies

A course for education professionals seeking new ways of introducing literacy and creativity in the classroom.

May-July 2014

£990 (home and EU students); £2235 (overseas students)

This course is about how to use digital animation in primary and secondary education settings, how to interpret an animation, and the basics of how to make one yourself.

This module will appeal to:

  • Primary teachers with responsibility for ICT and literacy
  • Secondary teachers of arts and media
  • Those working in City Learning Centres
  • Primary and secondary teachers looking for new ways of introducing literacy and creativity in the classroom

What level of course is it and how is it accredited?

The course is a Masters Level module, worth 30 credits (or one sixth) of the MA in Culture, Media and Communication at the London University, Institute of Education.

What does it cover?

The course covers:

  • An overview of how animation can support learning, and thinking about some examples you’ve seen
  • A solid grounding in animation as a form, and how to combine techniques with digital technology
  • An introduction to making a short digital animation and exploring texts with your students

How long is it?

The course starts on Monday 28 April 2014 and you’ll need to submit your coursework by Monday 1 September 2014.

There’s a two-day workshop at the beginning of the course on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 May 2014 and a one-day workshop held towards the end of the course on Friday 27 June 2014. Seminar are always from 10am–4pm, and are held in London at BFI Southbank (Waterloo).

What is distance learning?

It’s a flexible way to learn at your own pace, fitting in around your life and work. It’s particularly good for professional development because everything you learn in this course is relevant to your career.

It’s a mixture of face-to-face teaching, course materials via the Virutal Learning Environment (Moodle) where you’ll be able to access all of the course materials (articles, activities and exercises, podcasts, video, lectures or presentations in PowerPoint) as well as taking part in online group discussions, share video work and get feedback from the tutors.

How is the course structured?

The first two-day workshop will involve practical activities and producing a 3D animation, with discussions and other online activities on the VLE.

At the final one-day workshop in late June, students will make a 2D animation which will be screened and discussed.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment is by two pieces of work:

  • A written assignment (2,500 words) on how animation can be used to support learning, and a reflection on your film and the process of making it
  • A piece of animation that shows you understand some of the key principles of production, both online and offline

Together these two pieces of work will be assessed as the final assignment. The deadline is 1 September 2014.

What course materials are provided?

You’ll find all your reading material on the VLE and we’ll provide everything you need for the workshops.

Who tutors the course?

Staff from the Institute of Education, University of London and the BFI.

What can I do when I finish the course?

The course will give you a good grounding in digital animation and how to use it in an education context.

This module is part of the London University, Institute of Education, MA in Media, Culture and Communication and you can take other distance learning modules as part of that MA. For more information on these and other aspects of the whole MA please visit

How can I apply?

You can apply using the UKPASS website.

Select ‘Course Search’, then ‘Search for Courses’. Type in ‘Short Course’ in the keyword box. The Institute of Education is on the list that comes up – select ‘apply online’.

If you have any difficulties with your application, contact:

For students interested in short courses, payment is upfront at enrolment, or within 30 days. A discount of 1% is offered if payment is made within 14 days. For further information or queries please contact the finance department at the Institute of Education on 020 7612 6180 or email

You can expect to hear from the IOE within 4 weeks of applying. We may contact you if we require any additional information. We will also be contacting you with information regarding your enrolment. If you require any additional information regarding the course please contact Wadud Sultan at:


The course fee is £990 for home and EU students and £2235 for overseas students.

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