Storyboard artist apprenticeship

Use storyboards to visualise the narrative, plan shots and draw panels to demonstrate the action

Typically employed by production companies working within animation, film, television, visual effects, gaming and advertising, a storyboard artist translates sequences from scripts, briefs and screenplays into a series of illustrations during pre-production. During the storyboard artist apprenticeship, you’ll use storyboards to visualise the narrative, plan shots and draw panels to demonstrate the staging and action, and maintain continuity between scenes of a production. You’ll be responsible for preparing storyboards for production, including indications of dialogue, character performance and camera moves. Traditionally, storyboards are drawn on paper from pen or pencil, however, with the integration of computers these may be created digitally. A key duty of the role is presenting the drawings and storyboards to colleagues, clients and stakeholders. The presentation of a storyboard is part of the overall pre-production process and is used to demonstrate the content before it is signed off to proceed to the next stage of production. As part of your apprenticeship, you’ll learn how the camera moves, how to frame the subject, and about the different types of shot. You’ll also learn about key errors to avoid.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Art, DT and ICT

Entry requirements for the storyboard artist apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 7 (Degree)—equivalent to a master’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000

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