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

Start Date: 1st September 2020
Code: C02069 NAF1A


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 in TV, Film and Games.

We are offering students an exciting new course, where they will specialise in Story development, 2D and 3D Animation Production, Character Creation, 3D Modelling, Illustration and Digital Graphics, Visual Effects and Stop Motion animation.

Students will have excellent opportunities working on industry projects during their time on the course, getting their work recognised in animation film festivals, whilst gaining confidence in networking and promoting their skills to progress onto University or industry on completion.

Could you create the next Adventure Time, Big Hero 6 or The Nightmare Before Christmas?

Students will have the opportunity to study:

  • Character and Environment Design
  • How to create stories for animation
  • 2D animation
  • 3D modelling and animation
  • Concept art and storyboarding
  • Set design and character puppet building
  • Stop motion animation
  • 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

There are NO examinations. All assessment is completed through coursework.

Applicants should have at least 4 GCSE's at Grade C or above or other relevant qualifications. In circumstances where there are more applications for the course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to ask for higher grades.

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.

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028 9085 5000


Seana Leech

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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