Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design

What is Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design

This course gives you up-to-the-minute skills and industry relevant training in the animation and visual effects sector. It will introduce you to the core principles of creative film making, animation and visual storytelling. Ireland has one of the fastest growing animation sectors in the world; some of the largest animation companies are based here. This degree gives you the necessary practical and technical skills for employment in this rapidly expanding sector.

There are modules on drawing/character development, illustration, design, character modelling, animation principles, puppet/set design, stop motion, digital graphics, visual effects, motion graphics, compositing, 2D/3D modelling, rigging, texturing, lighting, photography and digital cinematography. The course also provides training in video, audio recording, research and design skills.

As you progress through the programme, you develop particular specialisations based on your interests and skills. In third year, you get invaluable experience by taking a 3-6 month internship with an animation, visual effects or digital media company. Alternatively, you can start your own freelance animation project.

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Why study Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design at IT, Tralee

This course gives you the core skills to launch a career in Ireland’s vibrant animation, games and visual effects industry. The content has been designed with extensive input from industry animators, in order to make sure our graduates have the skills that employers need. The degree is designed to foster creative talent in a technology-driven environment, enabling our students to design and develop animation content while working with the latest industry-standard software. You get hands-on, practical, applied training, and an appreciation of relevant theories underpinning the evolution of animation, visual effects and motion design.

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What are my career opportunities

Our graduates begin careers in animation, film, games, TV, web animation, mobile and online content and advertising.

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Creativity and innovation are encouraged through the use of different methods of programme delivery and assessment, such as interactive on-line learning, group discussions, critique sessions, workshops and dedicated seminars delivered by guest lectures, hands-on projects and studio work. Assessments are largely project based; students will work independently on some projects, always with guidance from their lecturers, and as part of a group for larger projects.

An integral component of the degree is work placement or applied practice in the third year of the programme, which will allow students gain experience in a commercial environment. Alternatively, students may choose to work as part of an existing organisation designing multimedia content on a voluntary basis.

Other Requirements

Satisfactory Garda Vetting is a mandatory part of registration for this programme. Failure to obtain satisfactory Garda Vetting will result in de-registration. Any offence and/or convictions arising after registration must be disclosed to the Institute immediately. The Institute reserves right to review the registration status of a student in light of additional information received subsequent to registration