Ireland’s first Master’s degree in 3D Animation in partnership with Sheridan College
The new MA in 3D Animation programme builds upon the significant successes of our undergraduate Animation programme. IADT’s partners and collaborators in this endeavour are Sheridan College in Canada, regarded as the world's leading school of Animation. Sheridan remains one of the worlds’ most well-known and successful animation programmes anywhere, bringing substantial expertise and ambition to the development of animation education in Ireland. This MA is shared with Sheridan College and welcomes Irish, Canadian and indeed all international students to the full programme.
"IADT is excited to launch this MA in 3D animation in partnership with Sheridan College. It is a fantastic opportunity to educate the creative leaders of the future and grow the international 3D animation industry. Employment in the film, television, and animation production in Ireland is set to double to more than 24,000 people over the next five years according to Screen Ireland." Rónán Ó Muirthile, Head of the Department of Film & Media at The National Film School, IADT.
“IADT is a wonderful partner and this program aligns directly with Sheridan’s strategic priorities,” says Dr Janet Morrison, President and Vice Chancellor. “For over 50 years, graduates of our undergraduate animation programs have made their mark in industry. Five have earned Oscars. Others have opened their own studios. Another has been named to the Order of Canada. What our students lack is unfettered access to academically rigorous, graduate level, animation education in Canada. This new partnership will enable our graduates to further advance their education by developing new skills, honing existing competencies, undertaking advanced research and gaining a graduate credential. Critically, this will qualify them to teach in undergraduate programs themselves.”
The focus on this programme of study is to give the learners the skills and competences to thrive in the complex but exciting 3D Animation industry. Students will acquire practical skills relevant to each stage of the 3D production process, developing a command of the 3D Animation production pipeline, gain knowledge about the industry as a whole and explore emerging research in relevant areas.
IADT were delighted to welcome leading providers in Ireland's animation industry to the launch event including, Boulder Media, JAM Media, Brown Bag Films along with Animation Ireland.
Five Sheridan graduates have begun their studies at IADT this January. They are eligible to complete the 12-month Master of Arts program in Ireland in just four months having completed the first two semesters – Post Graduate Diploma – at Sheridan or in some instances as a result credit given to them for their prior learning at Sheridan.
Graduates of this programme will also find employment opportunities in related and contingent fields including the VFX, gaming and the newer fields of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) all of which are enjoying a period of growth.