The Bachelor of Arts in Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design 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. It is advisable to have a strong interest in the creative arts sector. Industry will require a portfolio of works for work placement, and when entering the work force after graduating. Applicants need to have a great interest in animation, visual storytelling, illustrating, drawing and digital painting to secure employment.
Applications to the Bachelor of Arts in Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design programme are made through the Central Applications Office (CAO) https://www.cao.ie. Applicants must meet the following minimum entry requirements:
Applicants must achieve a pass in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent examinations, obtaining a minimum grade 06/H7 in English or Gaeilge, 06/H7 in Mathematics, and 06/H7 in three other subjects.
In addition, for entry in 2022, applicants to this programme must submit a digital portfolio.
Places will be offered on the basis of the portfolio score, rather than on Leaving Cert points, once the minimum entry requirements have been met.
A Digital Portfolio, is similar to an ordinary portfolio, only the content is presented in digital format. A Digital Portfolio is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your suitability for engaging in a creative programme. There is no standard digital portfolio but the portfolio can include digital images/videos of any of the following original works
- Traditional art work, drawings, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, photography and 3D work.
- Design and Communication Graphics (DCG) for the Leaving Certificate. Any 3D works completed for (DCG)
- Sketchbook/ visual diaries including observational drawings, such as life drawing, drawings of people, animals, landscapes, objects. Include a mix of poses and medias, showcasing line, tone and texture.
- Photography –photographs which will showcase your creative abilities behind the lens.
- Any short animations, motion design, visual effects, modelling or game art, storyboards, showcasing the idea for a short animation/film/ advertisement etc.
- Illustrations/ graphic design artworks.
- Large scale or 3D work or paintings,
- Unfinished work or work-in-progress.
- Your digital portfolio should include minimum 10 and a maximum of 15 example pieces of work. These can be individual files or you can also create a documental representation, such as a .pdf file, of your digital portfolio.
- As some files can be very large, they may be blocked by email servers so be careful if submitting file attachments by email. Keep the file size under 5MB or submit multiple files. Do not sent Zip files as these will definitely be blocked.
- There are many ways you can store and share your documents, photographs and videos. The following are some examples: Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox, YouTube, Vimeo, Behance, etc. All allow the creation of a sharing linkthat allows you share your work with others.
- Please submit your portfolio (which can contain links to other resources or individual files)to the email address: email@example.com
- Please indicate your name and your CAO number clearly when you are making your digital portfolio submission to the email address.
If you have any queries about submitting your digital portfolio, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A maximum of 600 points may be awarded for the digital portfolio. The points are equivalent to the normal CAO points system, and will be added to your Leaving Certificate/QQI/Mature OR Non- standard results when offers are being made via CAO.
The digital portfolio will be assessed based on creativity, presentation and range of work, skills and ability.
The Closing Date for submitting your digital portfolio is February 1st, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Note: you must include MT711 Bachelor of Arts in Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design in your CAO preferences, if you are presenting a digital portfolio.
The University reserves the right to call applicants to interview, if successful applicant numbers exceed the number of places available. Applicants will be written to within five weeks of the submission closing date, advising them of their results.