Three graduates from NFTS certificate in character animation join animation studio.

Aardman Animations has hired three graduates from the National Film and Television School’s (NFTS) certificate in character animation course.

Run in partnership with Aardman, the intensive 12-week course was launched last June and has recently been confirmed for 2014 to run Sept 15-Dec 5 at Aardman’s Bristol studios.

David Sproxton, Aardman co-founder and producer, commented: “This first Aardman/NFTS animation course proved beyond doubt the effectiveness of linking a strong training institution with a first class industry player when it comes to high-level skills training.”

The training gives 12 selected students the core practical skills needed to become professional animators, with applications for the 2014 course open now.

“The success of this NFTS course and the contracts offered by Aardman goes to show how valuable it is for film schools to partner with leading companies to train talented people for the UK’s growing film, television and games industries,” added NFTS director Nik Powell.