Junior Animator Apprentices learn the skills to create animated assets and content, by producing the motions, gestures, expressions and performance of two- or three-dimensional characters and inanimate objects. This brand new route into the animation industry will be focusing on 2D and 3D animation for this first round of recruitment to accommodate a candidate’s interests and specialism, plus differing studio needs and styles of animation.
Whichever option you choose to follow you’ll be learning on the job in leading animation studios. As this is a Junior Entry Level role, successful candidates will work closely with the Animator, Animation Lead, Supervisor and Director, along with clients and team members on real productions. This is a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship which lasts for roughly 18 months plus an End Point Assessment.
For a detailed description of the roles please read the full Junior Animator Apprenticeship Standard.
The Junior Animator Apprenticeship Standard was created by a trail blazing group of employers, led by ScreenSkills, so you know that everything you learn on the apprenticeship is industry designed and approved. You’ll be learning the up-to-date technical and soft skills needed to work in the animation industry.
Employers involved in creating the standard include British Animation Awards, Tiger Aspect, Framestore, Lupus Films, Blue Zoo Animation Studio, Aardman Animations, Red Kite Animation, Cartoon Network, Studio Liddell, Mackinnon and Saunders, Wildseed Studios, Hit Entertainment/Mattel Inc, Passion Pictures, CBB, A&O Studios Ltd, Collingwood & Co.
Employers employing Junior Animator Apprentices in early 2022 include Blue Zoo, DNEG, Sainsburys, Framestore, Jellyfish Pictures, Kong Studios, and V Prep. Apprentices will work directly with these employers for 80% of the time, with 20% spent studying with the University of the West of England Bristol (UWE). This studying will be a mix of remote learning with some residential placements at UWE.