3D Computer Animation SCQF Level 8

An advanced qualification to prepare you for further study or employment in 3D computer animation.


Why take this course?

The aim of this course is to prepare students for employment in the 3D computer animation industry by developing skills in vocationally relevant software and hardware, developing current employment skills and expertise, and building a thorough understanding of the role of computer technology within TV, film making, the games industry and animation.

What you will experience

You will strengthen existing skills and broaden your knowledge of the creative industries. This course has been designed to you can develop a comprehensive understanding of the workflow and production process involved in 3D computer animation.

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Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least two passes at Higher level, preferably including English, Art, Graphic Communication or Product Design; or have successfully completed a SCQF Level 6 course in a related subject area, e.g. Computer Arts & Animation or NPA in Digital Media; or have relevant work experience.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course. A Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media will be considered equivalent to a subject related Higher. The additional Higher required for entry does not require to be subject related.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you will need

You will have to provide your own A3 workbooks and backup storage device. You may also wish to have an A3 portfolio case for storing/carrying your work.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

Students successfully completing this course may progress towards a number of related degree programmes at one of our associate universities.


A qualification in this subject area could lead to a wide variety of exciting employment opportunities in 3D animation, across a range of industries. 

  • Artist
  • Character Animator
  • Games Animator
  • Illustrator
  • Small Business Owner
  • TV/Film Animator
  • Visual Communicator
  • Animator
  • Content Creator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Media Assistant

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Places are still available on this course, commencing in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
2 Years
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.