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Art and Design, Media & Performing Arts

Creative Media Practice (Animation and Visual Effects) - Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Start Date: 4th September 2023
Code: PFFN02078


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 4th September 2023
End date: 6th June 2025
Information Event: Yes

Course fee: FREE (Eligibility criteria may apply)

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

Become an Adobe Certified Professional (ACP)

During your time at the college, you will also study towards the industry recognised Adobe Certified Accreditation. Adobe products; including Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, InDesign, Animate, Dreamweaver and Premiere Pro, are essential software applications used daily within the Creative Industry. Upon successful completion of the two-year programme at Northern Regional College, you can graduate with a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Practice AND become an Adobe Certified Professional (ACP). This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone seeking progression to higher education or employment within this exciting and ever-developing industry.

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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.

400 Shore Road
BT37 9RS
028 9085 5000



This course is also available in other NRC campuses.

Essential Skills

All full-time students at Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and ICT 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 complete Essential Skills; this will form a compulsory part of your timetable. If you are planning to go on to further study (for example university), please check if a GCSE qualification (rather than Essential Skills Level 2 equivalent) is required. For those who have a GCSE grade D in Maths or English, we offer a GCSE fast-track course.

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