Griffith College

BA in Animation

BA in Animation

BA in Animation

Pulse College is very excited to partner with Griffith College, Ireland’s largest independent third level institution, to deliver this new course, BA in Animation program

Take the first step to becoming a professional animator!
Validated by:Pending Validation
QQI Level:7
Duration:3 years Full time

Take the first step to becoming a professional animator!

Pulse College’s BA in Animation is developed and taught by practicing industry professionals to ensure that you receive the very highest levels of training. A key part of the course involves producing a portfolio of work that will help you get into the exciting and growing Irish and international animation industry.

Studying at Pulse College will introduce you to valuable professional workflows and teach you everything from the basics of animation, 2D animation techniques, through to full 3D modelling. With the significant benefit of hands-on experience, you will be taught beyond the standard levels required by academic institutions. This practical experience is an essential element of our unique programme.

Class times are 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday with study spaces and extra tutoring available to provide to practice your skills.


This course covers the full range of topics from drawing skills to 3D modelling, 3D lighting, character texturing, character animating, environmental modelling, animation rendering, and 2D Animation, Comic Books and Sequential Art, Animation for Video Games.

A key aspect of this course is to produce a portfolio over the duration of the course that will help you to break into the dynamic and creative animation industry.

During the course, you will learn about:

  • Animating in 2D
  • Designing a character for 3D Modelling
  • How to create a 3D character model
  • How to add colour to your character
  • Making your character move
  • Developing storyboards for animation
  • Creating an environment to house your character
  • Camera and lighting effects to make your animation pop
  • Life Drawing
  • Comic Books and Sequential Art
  • Animation for Video Games

Whether you want to be an animator, character designer for games, concept artist, or VFX animator, Pulse College can set you on the right track to achieving your goal.




  • 2D Digital Imaging 1
  • Animation Principles & History
  • Life Drawing
  • Storyboarding and Layout
  • 3D Modelling 1 (Characters and environments)
  • 3D Rigging & Animation
  • Texturing & Unwrapping
  • Visual Culture & Theory 1



  • 2D Digital Imaging 2
  • Narrative & Storytelling
  • Life Drawing for Animation
  • 3D Modelling 2 (Characters & Video Games)
  • 3D Advanced Rigging & Animation
  • Special Effects, Compositing & Motion Graphics
  • Sequential Art Design and Production (Comic Art and Production)
  • Visual Culture & Theory 2



  • Final Project
  • 3D Sculpting & Modelling
  • Videogames Tools & Environments
  • Audio Production
  • Entrepreneurship (Marketing for business)
Entry Requirements
General Requirements

Leaving Certificate

5 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or other language), as well as an interview. The letter we send you with the offer of an interview highlights requirements for selection and includes advice on interview preparation.

FETAC/PLC Entry Requirements: 

Level 5: Min. Full Level 5 Award achieved. 

Level 6: We will assess on a case by case basis applicants from Level 6 FETAC awards for advanced entry. Please contact the Admissions Office to discuss.

BTEC e.g. Higher National Diploma (HND) Entry Requirements: 

We will assess on a case by case basis applicants from Level 4 or above BTEC awards for advanced entry.

Please contact the Admissions Office to discuss.

Additional Criteria

Applications from those (including visiting students) whose first language is not English should include an original or certified true copy of one of the following:

  • TOEFL Paper based 570 with a TWE (test of written English) score of 4.5.
  • Computer based 233 with a score of 4.5 in the essay.
  • Internet based 90 with a written score of 21.
  • Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.
  • Cambridge Advanced Grade A.
  • IELTS Academic Version 6.5 with no individual band below 6

Students who do not satisfy Pulse College’s English language requirements for direct entry will be required to take an English language preparatory course before commencing studies.


Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme, please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email:

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

Please Note: A registration fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

EU living Ireland: 
EUR €7,500 per year (3 years duration)*
EU living Abroad: 
EUR €8,500 per year (3 years duration)*
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR €10,500 per year (3 years duration)*
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR €10,500 per year (3 years duration)*
Academic Progression: 

In line with national policy, graduates from the level 7 programme would be eligible to progress to Level 8 programmes.

Graduates may wish to further extend their industry-based professional qualifications as new technologies and developments emerge.

Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about this course, please do not hesitate in contacting a member of our admissions team.