An incredible 17 National Film and Television School alumni are credited on Aardman’s highly anticipated prehistoric comedy adventure, Early Man, which is released in the UK on Friday 26th January 2018.

Early Man is directed by NFTS alumnus and four-time Academy Award® -winning director Nick Park, who created Wallace & Gromit during his time at the School. Shot in Aardman’s distinctive style, the film will take audiences on an extraordinary journey into an exciting new world unleashing an unforgettable tribe of unique and funny new characters voiced by an all-star British cast including Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne and Maisie Williams.

In addition to Nick Park, NFTS Directing Animation MA graduates credited on the film include Senior Storyboard Artist, Richard Phelan; Supervising Sound Editor, Adrian Rhodes; Sound Recordist, Danny Hambrook; Animator, Gareth Love and Assistant Animator, Suraya Raja who graduated from the Directing Animation MA in February 2017.

Graduates credited from the NFTS Character Animation Certificate course, which is delivered in partnership with Aardman, include: Animators – Raul G Eguia, Marie Lechevallier, Emanuel Nevado, Maria Moreira Castro, Maria Ribas, Laura Tofarides; Assistant Animators - Alex Crowley, Hywel Roberts, Adam M. Watts and CG Animators - Lian Mattson, Marta Arisa Clotet.

If you are interested in following in our graduates’ footsteps, sign up to one of our upcoming open days – the general open day takes place on Saturday 10th February and there is a dedicated Animation open day on the 27th April 2018 – more at

Applications for the NFTS Directing Animation MA are open until the 5th July 2018 (the two year MA course starts in January 2019) – for more information and to apply, please visit