HND 3D Computer Animation candidate information

image of computer generated spheres on a 3 dimensional gridThe HND 3D Computer Animation will provide you with knowledge and experience of these fundamental skills, providing you with an appreciation of aesthetics, in addition to developing your technical ability in the animation field. Once your technical skills are in place, you will address advanced topics such as storytelling and auteurship.

As the twelve principles of animation developed by Disney in the 1930s, along with the lighting techniques of Rembrandt in the 17th century, are still in use in animation, it emphasises the importance of fundamental skills as well as new technologies.

The general aims of the HND 3D Computer Animation are to develop your knowledge and skills in planning, developing and evaluating, study and research skills and awareness of creative process. You will also develop a visual language, critical and evaluative thinking and problem solving skills.

Employment and progression opportunities

The HND 3D Computer Animation may enhance job opportunities in the areas of pre-production and production stages of animation production.  You may gain employment 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 HND may allow entry to the 2nd or 3rd year of a degree course. The HND allows you the opportunity to develop a suitable showreel or portfolio of work for entry to HE. You should liaise directly with the HE establishments 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. Some examples of appropriate formal entry qualifications are:

  • 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. You might present examples of art, design, computer skills, film making skills, or other materials.

If you have achieved the HNC at day release or evening classes or in another college you will be expected to have a minimum of 12 credits on entry to year 2 and these would include the HNC 3D Computer Animation mandatory Units.