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Animation & Visual Effects (Creative Media Practice) - Level 3

Start Date: 1st September 2020
Code: C02069 CRF1A


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 1st September 2020
End date: 3rd June 2022
Information Event: Y

Course Content

Animation is a rapidly-expanding sector in Ireland North and South, with companies selling home-grown programmes all over the world, particularly for the children's market.  The related area of visual and special effects for TV & Film is also expanding.  Drawing on our expertise in TV and Interactive Media, we are now offering students an exciting new course, where they will specialise in Animation Production, Character Creation and Modelling, Comics and Graphic Novels, Visual and Special Effects, and Digital, 2D, 3D and Stop-Go techniques.  Could you create the next Postman Pat, Spongebob or Danger Mouse?

Students will study:

  • how to animate action and figures
  • how to design characters
  • how to create stories
  • how to use a range of 2D and 3D software
  • freehand drawing and set design skills
  • how to build props
  • how to create special effects
  • how to create stop-go and how to research, produce and pitch ideas.

Course Aims

For students to develop creatively and entrepreneurially to the point where they can either enter the Animation employment market directly or apply to a specialist university course.

Special Features

Professional animators and media workers lecturing on the course, with specialist software and good industrial links.

Assessment Methods

Mostly internal assessment, with two modules assessed externally.

Applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs at Grades C or above plus demonstrable interest in Animation

Students will be able to explore the local employment market when they achieve this qualification, and / or progress to university in Northern Ireland or beyond.

Coleraine (Beresford Avenue)


Peter McMullan

Essential Skills

All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.

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