Faculty Transitional Studies | Tech Skills 1: Draw | Tech Skills 2: Character | Issues in Film and Animation | Tech Skills 3: World | Faculty Skills Workshop | Personal Project: Something Comes Alive | Faculty CCS Studies (Visual Culture)
BA [Hons] Animation
Explore and document your world as you learn the skills to become an animation production artist. You will develop creative and technical expertise, as well as the conceptual and cultural knowledge to be an informed and confident contributor to the animated art form. One of the youngest and most exciting disciplines, animation’s unique storytelling potential has made it an increasingly important part of entertainment, advertising, education and communication in the twenty-first century.
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What will I do?
- Learn the techniques and skills of the animated art form, including character, movement, background, design, storyboarding, layout, scripting, and animation principles, using both traditional and digital media
- Learn about the history, ideas, people, and culture that have contributed to film and animation as ways of interpreting the world. Develop the critical thinking skills and individual point of view that will distinguish you as an artist and thinker
- Learn from real-world experiences through live projects, work placements, group projects and collaboration with peers in a variety of ways
- Become part of a unique creative community
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What will I be able to do when I graduate?
Our goal is that students will be equipped with creative expertise and transferable skills so that they have the ability to choose their own paths after graduation. Our students often go on to work in the animation industry in Ireland and abroad, some start their own companies, and others become successful freelancers. Graduates sometimes shift direction into new creative fields such as book illustration or web-based content. Students have progressed to postgraduate programmes in film and animation and a number of them have become educators.
Students have gone on to work at industry leading companies such as; Boulder Media, JAM Media, Brown Bag Films, WETA Workshops, Cartoon Saloon, JibJab, among many others.
Graduate work 2020
What modules will I study?
Tech Skills 4 Draw-Character-World |One-minute non-narrative| Faculty CCS Studies (Visual Culture) | Elective | Group Project – Idea Development and Research | Group Project – Production and Creations | Faculty CCS Studies 2: Issues in Film and Animation
Professional Placement Module | Business & Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice | Faculty CCS Studies Critical approaches to Film and Animation |
Praxis | Production Preparation | Mixed Media- Digital Synergies | Dissertation Research & Proposal
Professional Studio | Dissertation 1 | Major Research & Studio Project | Dissertation 2 Presentation
Our students regularly achieve awards after they graduate, and into their future careers. They have won at the Dublin Animation Film Festival, Dingle Animation Festival, and the Royal Film and Television Society. Animation festivals in Melbourne, Toronto, and Zagreb have screened retrospectives of our students’ work, and they have been individually accepted into festivals and screenings around the globe.
Graduates have had films at the Sundance Festival, been nominated for Oscars, have produced and animated award-winning TV series, and can be found in key roles in the animation world nationally and internationally.