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BA in Animation

BA in Animation


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
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

'Irish Citizen Under 23 Years of Age' 

Entry onto our Degree Programme is based upon a course 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

To include O6 or higher in Ordinary Leaving Certificate Language subject


FETAC Level 6 / HETAC Level 7 in Film/Media or similar


3x GCSE A-Level / NVQ Level 3 in Film/Media or similar

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.

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.

How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years

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

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.


Fee Information 

A Registration Fee of Euro 250.00 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.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Full-time

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)

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.

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: [email protected]

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

Ready to take the next step?