Course Description

Higher National Diploma In The Animation Industry

Dunboyne College of Further Education

From Cartoon Saloon to Brown Bag Films, from Boulder Media to Giant Animation, Irish studios have made Ireland a go-to destination for animation on an international stage. Irish animators not only boast box-office success, but also multiple nominations and wins at the Academy Awards.
According to Screen Ireland, the animation sector has nearly quadrupled in size in the past decade and accounts for a significant proportion of the €500 million spent in the Irish screen industry in 2021.

If there is one thing that is certain, this sector is calling for new home-grown talent to help support Ireland’s continuing success on the global stage.
This qualification has been designed for the Irish and global animation sector.

Through guest lectures and masterclasses, you will have a unique opportunity to learn from the leading Irish animation studios that have produced award-winning TV shows, films, games and visual effects for millions of viewers worldwide. You will gain hands-on experience with the latest tools and techniques, work on real projects with industry mentors, and network with the best talent in the Irish animation sector.
Whether you want to create your own stories, characters and worlds, or work on existing franchises and properties, this course will prepare you for a successful career in animation.

These qualifications will help you to:

• Gain the skills, knowledge and understanding you need to excel in the international animation environment,      whether you want to work for an established studio or start your own business.
• Develop your critical thinking, problem-solving and leadership skills and learn how to work effectively across different animation functions and manage change and complexity.
• Acquire the core skills required for a range of animation careers, such as, management, operations, production and design.
• Balance your employability skills with the academic knowledge that will enable you to pursue further studies or
entrepreneurial ventures in animation.
• Understand the impact of new digital technologies on the animation industry and how to leverage them for innovation and competitive advantage.
• Gain insight into the global animation market and the opportunities and challenges it presents, as well as, the cultural diversity and values of different animation organisations and audiences.
• Choose from various flexible study options that suit your local and specialist needs and interests.

The following modules will be offered subject to availability or demand and are subject to change:
• Principles of 2D Animation
• Character Animation
• Life Drawing for Animation
• Design and Modelling for Animation
• Layout and Storyboarding
• Script Writing for Animation
• History and Styles of Animation

• The following modules will be offered subject to availability or demand and are subject to change:
• Advanced character Animation
• Advanced Life Drawing for Animation
• Advanced 2D and 3D Modelling for Animation
• Advanced Layout and Design
• Production Practice
• Concept Design for Animation
• Storyboarding and Editing for Animation

• YEAR 1: Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in The Animation Industry
• YEAR 2: Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in The Animation Industry

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Course Code BTEC
College Name Dunboyne College of Further Education
Course Category Animation, Arts, Crafts & Hobbies
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Qualification Award / Certificate
Course Location Dunboyne, Meath, Ireland
Course Start Date 17th September 2024
Course End Date 23rd May 2025
Course Duration 1 year
Course Times Full time
Entry Requirements ENTRY REQUIREMENTS At least one of the following: • Leaving Certifi cate or Leaving Certifi cate Applied or; • QQI level 5 major award; • Mature Students or; • Other equivalent qualifi cations Additional entry requirements may apply. All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications. Apply directly at
Career Path The Higher National Diploma’s more extensive coursework and advanced skillset make its graduates more competitive in the job market and better prepared for various creative media roles. The two-year duration and deep focus of the Higher National Diploma at DCFE often leads to stronger connections with industry professionals and organisations, providing students with valuable networking opportunities and a better understanding of the media production landscape. In addition, students will build an extensive portfolio of work to secure employment. Such is the practical nature of our course, it can lead directly to a range of job opportunities in the animation and creative media industry. Possible career paths include animator, script writer, technical artist, art director, layout artist and media engineer. EXAMPLES OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRESSION: CDCFE: BA in Animation (Level 8, 1-year top-up from HND) BCFE: BA in Animation (Level 8, 1-year top-up from HND) IADT: DL832 Animation (Level 8, 4 Years, advanced entry possible) IADT: DL847 3D Animation (Level 8, 4 Years, advanced entry possible) TUS Athlone: US802 Animation and Illustration layout artist and media engineer.
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01 8015968
Dunboyne Business Park, Dunboyne, Meath, Ireland

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