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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: PFFC02078

  • Further Education
  • Full-time
  • Coleraine
  • Course Information
  • We are currently not accepting applications for this course. To register your interest contact admissions@nrc.ac.uk


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, 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.

Become an Adobe Certified Professional (ACP)

During their time at the college, all Level 3 full-time Media students 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, media students 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.

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.

Course Update

Please note from September 2024, all courses are planned to move to the new Coleraine campus.

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

In circumstances where there are more applications for the course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to select candidates from those achieving the highest 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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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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