Accepting Applications for May 2024

Payment Plans are available.

Course Dates: 1st May 2024 to 23rd July 2024

Limited Spaces Available!

A flagship three-month course, devised, created and delivered by world-leading professionals from multi-award-winning and independent studio Aardman. Taught to you from the comfort of your own home through a fully staffed and supportive online learning environment and community.

FEE: £2800

(payment plans available) 

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Course Outline

Working alongside Head of Animation Loyd Price and Aardman Co-founder and Creative Director Peter Lord we have devised Stop Motion 1: the first of our industry-led online stop-motion courses. It covers 12-weeks of supported teaching and tasks to build the right foundations and develop practical skills in character animation, delivered by a team of highly experienced tutors and mentors. This course is aimed at people from the industry, university and self-taught animators to help improve their practice, skills and abilities. It falls under our Industry Training category of courses, so is taught at a level that expects some experience of animation beforehand.

You will be introduced to the week's activities via a live-streamed lecture with the course leader Stuart Messinger where you can ask questions, share ideas, discuss animation techniques and watch inspiring work. You will then be invited to explore the week's masterclasses and subsequent tasks, run and hosted by the animation team. These lessons have been filmed especially for you and this course alone. You can watch them as many times as you want, pause, freeze, and step through frame by frame should you wish. The tasks are usually in the form of two films which invite you to attempt a task at home. When completed you will upload your finished task to our secure and private course community where your mentor will watch it before your weekly feedback session. From week 8 to 11 you are supported while you make your final moving image piece. There will be a fully supported active online community hub where you can share ideas, thoughts and problems throughout the course. 

We estimate that the weekly activities will take you a minimum of five and a maximum of 10 hours to complete. Once you start making your final moving project, you decide how much time you want to dedicate to it.

Please sign up to the next Online Open Day run by the Course Leader via our Academy Website to find out more.

"This is not your typical online "masterclass." You get real feedback from real professionals in the industry from one of the world's greatest animation studios! I've worked in the film/commercial industry for a decade and these last few weeks have been some of the most educational of my career. "

Elliot Lobell

"If your dream is to learn how to create clean, interesting stop-motion animation, to meet other folks with the same dream and be challenged daily to use your mind in a creative capacity, this is the program for you."

Annie McCall

"I have never found a learning community as supportive and generous as this one."

Catty Flores

"Whether you want to pursue your interest as a hobby or career, this course covers it all and with great industry-standard support throughout."

Lucy Jordan

Example of Weekly Timetable

We run from Wednesday to Tuesday to allow Mentors and Participants to work over the weekends.

Guest Q&A Sessions

In addition to the Course content, we offer a series of guest speaker Q&A events throughout the 12-week programme.

Previous Stop Motion 1 guest speakers have included:

Suzie Templeton - BAFTA & Academy Award® winning Director

Jim Parkyn - Aardman Senior Model Maker

Fiona Copland - Producer of 'Kiri & Lou'

Sarah Cox - Executive Creative Director at Aardman

HelloStopMo & Animation Wildcard

Peter Lord - Aardman co-founder & creator of Morph

Will Becher - BAFTA & Academy Award® nominated Aardman Director

Previous Graduation Projects


"I was applying to grad schools to get my MFA when I discovered this course.  I chose to apply to Stop Motion 1, and I'm so glad I did."

Emily Low Nichols

"The tutors and mentors are lovely, offering feedback and support while pushing us to develop at a pace that suits us."

Sam Hines

Course Map & Structure

A breakdown of all topics, lessons, activities and minimum weekly animation time needed each week on the course.

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