About the Aardman Academy

We’re committed to encouraging talent into the industry by delivering world-class animated-related courses. Whether you’re a professional with an established career or beginning to find your way into the industry, our courses, which range from day-long Gateway to Industry courses, to our Industry Training three-month-long modules, all offer access to support, guidance, teaching and mentorships and are devised and run by experienced animation professionals with a track record for excellence in their chosen field.

In the film and TV industry, over 80% of all jobs are awarded to friends, family or colleagues, and we want to change that. The Aardman Academy offers outstanding courses and skills-development programs at a price that opens up a career in our industry to everyone. After every course, each participant is invited to join our active alumni where we share opportunities, jobs, and support. We care about making our industry inclusive, supportive and incredible.

Aardman is employee-owned and exists for the benefit of its workforce and the industry we’re passionate about. Our strong set of values sits at the heart of all that we do.

The Aardman Academy was set up to nurture talent and build sustainable careers and is a not-for-profit enterprise.


Contact us with any general inquiries[email protected]

Bespoke training and events

We're reaching out to industry partners and educational institutions, both locally and internationally to offer bespoke animation-related courses and training for those looking to build a sustainable career in the animation industry.

Available at the Aardman studios in Bristol, at your venue, or online, the Aardman Academy has a team of world-leading professionals that can work with you to devise bespoke courses that suit your learning outcomes. We care about making our industry inclusive and supportive and as a not-for-profit enterprise, we will work with you to offer courses at a price that is accessible.

Whether you’re a university or college looking to extend your existing course offer for your budding film students, or an agency or business looking to build the animation industry in your region, we’d love to hear from you to see how we can help. 

Get in touch with Aardman Academy Producer Rachel Plant at Rachel.Plant@aardman.com for more information.