HNC 3D Computer Animation candidate information

image of computer generated animationThe HNC 3D Computer Animation will provide you with fundamental animation skills, knowledge and experience. Once your technical skills are in place, you will cover advanced topics, such as storytelling and auteurship.

It is based on practical exercises in a working environment, as well as research and evaluative skills. This means that learning is through actual practical exercises relevant to work.

You will develop an awareness of creative processes that enables you to evolve a visual language and to enhance your problem solving and communication skills. The HNC 3D Computer Animation also connects with the National Occupational Standards, which provide you with organisational and research skills to supplement essential software skills.

Employment and progression opportunities

Job opportunities would be in pre-production and production stages of animation production, eg as Concept Artist/Character Designer, R&D Artist/Look Dev Artist/Pre-Vis Artist, Storyboard Assistant, Junior Animator/Modeller/Rigger/Shader/Texture Artist, Compositor/Wire Remover, Scanner/Recorder, Production Assistant, or Editing Assistant.

The HNC may lead onto first or second year of a degree programme. As degree level places often depend on a suitable showreel or portfolio of work, the 3D Computer Animation HNC allow you the opportunity to develop these prior to application. You are advised to liaise directly with the HE establishments prior to each year’s intake of candidates as Unit credits that count towards entry requirements can vary.


Access to this group award will be at the discretion of the centre, depending on your qualifications. Normally, one or more of the following would be desirable:

  • two Higher Grades (SCQF Level 6) at a minimum grade C or equivalent
  • a National Qualification at SCQF level 5 or 6 in a related subject area eg Art and Design, Interactive Media, Digital Media Computing
  • specialisms appropriate to HNC/HND 3D Computer Animation or in a related discipline, evidenced by appropriate qualifications eg SVQ level 3 in Art and Design, Graphical Communication, etc.

You should demonstrate enthusiasm and an awareness of the creative industry. This may be evidenced by the presentation of a portfolio at pre-entry interview stage.