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BA in Animation

BA in Animation

Overview

Learn how to animate the next Portal video game with our exciting new animation course in partnership with Pulse College

This Degree in Animation (QQI Level 7) is taught by leaders in creative media education, Pulse College, and allows students to take their first steps to becoming professional animators.

Why study Animation at Griffith College?

Our partnered BA in Animation is available on a full-time basis over a three-year period and is taught on campus at Pulse College. The course will introduce you to valuable professional workflows and teach you everything from the basics of animation, 2D animation techniques, through to full 3D modelling.

  • Students will gain experience in all the fundamentals of animation from 2D animation techniques to 3D modelling to storyboarding to Comic Books and Sequential Art.
  • You will receive hands-on training from professionals vastly experienced within the animation industry.
  • The practical nature of the course, including the development of an industry standard portfolio will prepare learners for work in the Animation sector
  • Small class sizes ensure that you get the one-on-one attention needed to perfect your technical and creative skills.
  • Pulse College will set you on the right track to achieving your professional and academic goals whether you want to be an animator, character designer for games, concept artist, or VFX animator.

Course Highlights

  • Computer Game specialisation
  • Creating 3D Characters
  • Examining Comic Book Art and Production
  • Industry leading guest lectures (EA Games / Brown Bag Films)
  • State-of-the-art software

Intake Dates

Our intake for this course commences on the 17th of September, 2018.

Are you applying through the CAO?

Download our 2018 CAO Toolkit for everything you need to know about applying to the CAO!

Course details
Core Subjects:
Year One
  • 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

Year Two
  • 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

Year Three
  • Final Project

  • 3D Sculpting & Modelling

  • Videogames Tools & Environments

  • Audio Production

  • Entrepreneurship (Marketing for business)

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

All applicants must undergo an interview with Pulse College.

For applicants under 23 years of age, entry onto our Degree Programme is based upon an interview and achieving a minimum of:

5x O6/H7s (O6 = 40 – 55% in a Leaving Certificate Ordinary subject / H7 = 30-40% in a Leaving Certificate Higher Level subject)

To include O6 or higher in Ordinary Leaving Certificate Maths and a Language subject

Or: FETAC Level 5/6 / HETAC Level 7 in Film/Media or similar

 

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.

How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January 2018 must apply through the CAO system www.cao.ie. Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2018 applications.

Applicants over 23 years of age (mature applicants) will be asked for a copy of the following and attending a interview with Pulse College;

  • Photo I.D (passport/driving licence)
  • GNIB card if applicable 

Applicants over 23 years

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2018 must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility. Mature applicants will be asked for a copy of their passport.

Fees
Tuition Fees
Irish/EU

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 8,250.00

International

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 11,550.00

Non-EU living Abroad: EUR 11,550.00

EU Living Abroad: EUR 9,350.00

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.

Sponsorship

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: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

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.

Progression

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.

Career Progression

Through the BA in Animation, you will have gained valuable design experience, built a strong foundation of creative skills, and covered a diverse range of topics. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

  • 3D Production Artist
  • 3D Light Assistant
  • Graphic Designer
  • 3d Modeler
  • Animator
  • Video Games Designer
  • Flash Animator
  • Character designer for games
  • Concept artist
  • VFX animator
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