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The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 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.

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Digital Portfolio Requirements

For entry 2021, applicants to the this course will have the opportunity to submit a digital portfolio.  Those who do not submit a portfolio will be invited to attend for interview. 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 following guidelines apply.

What can I include in my digital portfolio?

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.

Please note: Your digital portfolio should include minimum 10 and a maximum of 15 example pieces of work. The can be individual files or you can also create a documental representation, such as a .pdf file, of your digital portfolio.

How do I submit my digital portfolio ?

Please submit your portfolio (link or files) to the following email address: creativemedia@itttralee.ie

Please indicate your name and your CAO number clearly when you are making your digital portfolio submission to the above email address.

Note: Files can be large in size and be blocked by email servers so be careful if submitting file attachments by email. Keep the file size under 5MB or submit multiple files. Zip files will be blocked.

There are many way 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 link that allows you share your work with others.

If you have any further queries about submitting your digital portfolio, please contact us at creativemedia@itttralee.ie

Marking Scheme and points awarded for your digital portfolio

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.

When should I submit my digital portfolio?

All applicants must in the first instance apply via CAO on one of the following dates:

CAO opening Date (early applicants)

5th November 2020 at 12.00 Noon

CAO Early Closing Date

1st of February 2021 at 5.15p.m

CAO late Opening Date

5th March 2021 at 12.00 Noon

CAO Late Closing Date

1st May 2021 at 5.15 p.m.

CAO Change of Mind Opening Date

5th May 2021 at 12.00 Noon

CAO Change of Mind Closing Date

1st July 2021 at 5.15p.m.

Note: you must include TL701 Bachelor of Arts in Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design ORTL801 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design in your CAO preferences, if you are presenting a digital portfolio or attending an interview.

 

Submission Date for the Digital Portifolio:

Early Applicants must submit portfolio by Friday 19th of March 2021 by 5.15 p.m.

Late Applicants must submit portfolio by Friday 21st May 2021 by 5.15 p.m.

Change of mind applicants must submit portfolio by Thursday 17th June by 5.15 p.m.

Applicants will be written to within three weeks of the submission closing date, advising them of their results.

CAO will be advised of your results and offers will be made to eligible applicants in one of the following CAO Rounds:

Round A – Mature Round Offers – early July

Round 0 – QQI Applicants – Early August

Round 1 – Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate equivalent candidates – Mid August.

Will I need to do an interview and what does it entail?

Each applicant presenting without a digital portfolio will be invited to attend a 15 minute interview. Applicants will be invited for interview at the end of March, May or June, depending on when they apply to the CAO.

You, the applicant, will be required to make a presentation of 7 (seven) minutes maximum duration. The topic of the presentation will be ‘The Creative Arts and Me’ and this will followed immediately by an interview for the remainder of the time allocated. This will be a relaxed and informal interview.

Marking Scheme and points awarded for the interview.

A maximum of 600 points may be awarded for the interview. 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 interview will be assessed on presentation, career goals, relevant life skills and experience, awareness and preparation for, and knowledge of, programme.

Note: The submission of a portfolio or the interview process will apply to QQI applicants from November, 2020.

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 handson, practical, applied training, and an appreciation of relevant theories underpinning the evolution of animation, visual effects and motion design.

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

 

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