Courses

BA Animation

This honours degree programme allows the students to develop and integrate their technical and academic skills in a structured way. It aims to develop in the student a balance between the conceptualist, the artist, the storyteller and the technician. At honours level the learning is largely self-directed and the students are required to produce an individual animated film and a dissertation based on independent research.
The programme is validated by the University of Dundee (http://www.dundee.ac.uk/).

Programme Content

The programme is composed of both practical and theoretical modules: Production, Life Drawing, Research and Development, Historical and Theoretical Analysis, Personal Programme of Study, Dissertation.

Entry Requirements

HND in Animation (or relevant and equivalent qualification). If English is not your first language you must provide documentary evidence of your ability in English. Normally students are expected to have an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.

Certification

Advanced Diploma in Animation – City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee. BA Honours Degree in Animation – University of Dundee

Portfolio Guidelines

Artwork should demonstrate ability in both figurative and abstract approaches. 10 samples of life drawing and life drawing sketchbooks. Layout and design samples and developmental work. Scripts,treatments, storyboards. Animation tests with conceptual development and thumbnail work to support context. Personal observation sketchbooks and journals exhibiting artistic/cultural interests. Work may be presented flat or digitally. All work must be original and recent.


HND Animation

This programme gives budding artists the chance to express themselves artistically through the medium of animation, both classical (hand-drawn) and computer generated. This dynamic programme provides the skills to take individual and group projects from conception to completion. The programme aims to enable the student to develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles and techniques employed by the professional animator and to acquire the requisite skills for entry into Feature, TV or Computer Game animation.

Programme Content

Animation, Computer Animation and Modelling, Visual Language, Layout, Design History Theory and Practice (with Film Studies), Life Drawing, Studio Practice and Design History Theory and Practice (with Script Writing).

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate / LCVP with a minimum of two HC3s one of which must be in Art and three passes at ordinary level or FETAC level 5 Certificate in Art with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

Certification

Higher National Diploma in Classical and Computer Animation – Edexcel (BTEC Level 4).

Progression

Graduates may apply for the Advanced Diploma in Animation / BA Honours Degree in Animation in BCFE. The BA Honours Degree in Animation is certified by the University of Dundee Scotland.

Portfolio Guidelines

Students applying for Animation Programmes should bring to the interview a portfolio of artwork completed within the past year demonstrating drawing skills and interests.
This portfolio should contain: Four A3 size drawings from life or the human figure displaying emotion (anger, happiness, love, sadness etc). It is suggested that you ask a friend or family member to pose for these drawings and that you spend no more than 2 hours on this exercise. Quick sketches are better than finished pieces. Approximately twelve pieces of artwork (sketches and more finished work) including observational drawings (life drawing/still life), perspective drawing, some colour work and work of personal interest. A sketchbook of quick, 5 to 10 minutes, drawings from life (people, animals, still life, buildings interior or exterior).

Please bring only original work. The drawings of established cartoon characters and work copied from books should not be included.


Animation Drawing Studies

The Animation Drawing Studies Programme is a comprehensive foundation programme with a particular emphasis on the development of strong drawing skills whilst offering a broad introduction to animation.

Programme Content

Life Drawing, Drawing and Painting, Animation and Layout Studies, Sculpture, Art and Animation History, Communications, Work Experience, Drama.

Entry Requirements

Five passes in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC level 4 Certificate. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

Certification

FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Art (AAXXX)

Progression

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to the Higher National Diploma in Classical and Computer Animation in BCFE. Graduates are eligible to apply to progress to Higher Education Programmes through the Higher Education Links Scheme and through the new Pilot Scheme.

Portfolio Guidelines

Students applying for Animation Programmes should bring to the interview a portfolio of artwork completed within the past year demonstrating drawing skills and interests.
This portfolio should contain: Four A3 size drawings from life or the human figure displaying emotion (anger, happiness, love, sadness etc). It is suggested that you ask a friend or family member to pose for these drawings and that you spend no more than 2 hours on this exercise. Quick sketches are better than finished pieces. Approximately twelve pieces of artwork (sketches and more finished work) including observational drawings (life drawing/still life), perspective drawing, some colour work and work of personal interest. A sketchbook of quick, 5 to 10 minutes, drawings from life (people, animals, still life, buildings interior or exterior).

Please bring only original work. The drawings of established cartoon characters and work copied from books should not be included.