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Encouraging more young people to consider a career in animation

The Scottish Animation Awards are organised by UWS and enable school pupils and college students in Scotland to engage with animation on a practical level, using their creative skills to produce a short animated film.

UWS wishes to encourage more young people to consider a career in animation, and the competition gives students and educators a chance to gain insight and experience of this exciting and dynamic industry.

Scottish Animation Awards School competition

Who can submit?

The competition for session 2017-18 is targeted at secondary school pupils. There are two categories:

  • S1-S3 pupils
  • S4-S6 pupils

Schools may make as many submissions as they wish. Each submission can be from an individual or a team, but the prizes awarded will be the same in either case.


To participate, pupils should devise and create an animation around the theme of The Hero’s Journey. The concept or storyline of the animation may be freely chosen, so long as it relates to this theme. The animation must be no longer than 2 minutes in duration. Quality is preferred to quantity, so pieces significantly shorter than this limit are encouraged.
Entrants may use whichever method of animation they prefer, be it hand-drawn “cut out” 2D imagery, 3D computer graphics, or stop motion techniques such as “claymation”. All pieces will be judged on their merits, regardless of the chosen style.

In judging the submitted work, we will be looking for:

  • A strong, original concept
  • Effective use of the camera
  • Well-timed movement


Completed competition entries should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and the following information emailed to

  • School
  • School contact
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Title of animation
  • Link to animation
  • Student name(s) and year(s)

All animations must be uploaded and entry forms received by 23rd March 2018.


The submitted animations will be judged by a panel comprised of staff from both the University and our industry partners.

The panel will judge submissions based on the criteria identified in this document. The panel’s decision will be final.


There will be a winner in each category. There will also be certificates for commended work and also for participation.

Winners in both categories will be presented with prizes for their work.

Prizes are not negotiable and offered in good will. We reserve the right to alter the available prizes at short notice.