Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Effects for Film, TV and Animation (Limerick) (Limerick - October 22)

Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (Limerick-VEFTV-L9-60)
Key Programme Details
Award

Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Visual Effects for Film, TV and Animation (Level 9, 60 ECTS)

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom

Mode

Full Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

Limerick School of Art & Design

General Information
Contact

Daragh Sutton

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

Phone

061-293055

Address

*** The Department of Flexible Learning & Springboard+ Team in TUS request that all supporting documents be uploaded to your online application. Thank you.***

Important Dates
Application Deadline

12/08/2022

Start Date

03/10/2022

End Date

13/06/2023

About this Course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Effects for Film, TV and Animation is designed to develop your artistic and technical abilities to produce world-class 3D content. You will gain the knowledge and skills required to work in the Visual Effects and 3D animation industry as artists, content creators and designers for the film, television, and animation sectors both nationally and internationally.

This is an industry-focused course developed by ex-industry professionals who have worked for internationally renowned studios like Double Negative (Inception, The Dark Knight, Blade Runner 2049) Brown Bag Films and Screen Scene. If you want to learn industry leading content creations tools, techniques and workflows for film and television this is the course for you.

Entry Requirements

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
(a) A primary honours degree Level 8 or equivalent.
AND
(b) Sample DIGITAL Portfolio of previous work may include the following:

• Digital 2D and 3D characters and models
• Digital generated imagery
• Sample 2D/3D animation
• Concept art, matte painting
• Branding, Graphics, Illustration
• Examples of implemented code, Games/Websites/Software
• Examples of implemented code, for animation tool development, or pipeline, systems or networking.
• Storyboards
• Examples of shot video/film, highlight reels of work, please note which elements you worked on.
• Photographs and videos of traditional art media such as sculptures, paintings and prints
• Examples of professional work from the wider media industry

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) / Special Case Registrations: Prospective participants who do not meet the entry requirements for the programme detailed above, but who may qualify for admission by meeting certain other equivalent criteria, should notify the Flexible Learning Office and request consideration under RPL. Please submit your application online and then email all your supporting documents to Springboard@lit.ie
AND

1. Current CV *must be up to date
2. Proof of existing level 8 educational qualification or equivalent

Please note that successful applicants may be required to provide below supporting documents closer to programme start date. TBC by Springboard HEA.

3. Proof of nationality ie. passport
4. Proof of PPS/employment/social welfare/returner status dated within the last month
5. Proof of Residency (2019, 2020, 2021)

This is a Level 9, Postgraduate Diploma, which can lead on towards a Masters Degree,it is expected that candidates would be comfortable with technology. Ideal candidates would be those with previous design experience that may require enhanced technical qualifications to further their career. Prior experience with technology would be an advantage. This understanding is usually demonstrated with a Portfolio of Previous Work or RPL.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE:
Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements. We do not require proof of IELTS however, each applicant must ensure that their English is to above standard and they will be able to participate without any language barrier.

ASSESSMENT:
Assessment is primarily through set artistic projects and some written reports and presentations there are no terminal exams.

FEES: The overall fee for this programme is €6750. Applicants in employment/recent graduates will qualify for 90% Springboard+ funding and the 10% fee to be paid will be €675. Please note that this 10% fee is non-refundable and must be paid in full prior to course commencement. Applicants on a qualifying DEASP payment for 9 of the previous 12 months / returners will qualify for 100% funding.

This course will be Springboard funded for 22-23 academic year only. Applicants must complete this programme within this academic year. It is not possible to defer your place to the following academic year as we cannot guarantee that this course will run or be funded again. We would also advise you to review Former Springboard+ Participant guidelines, please copy & paste into your browser: https://springboardcourses.ie/pdfs/Guidelines%20on%20applications%20from%20previous%20Springboard%20participants%202019.pdf

TUS Flexible Learning Policies & Procedures are available through below link. Please copy & Paste into your browser:
https://lit.ie/en-ie/study-at-lit/course-information/flexible-learning-professional-courses/policies-and-procedures

Successful Springboard applicants will be required to complete registration via the Springboard portal throughout the academic year to secure funding for their place.***IMPORTANT NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process this may affect your fees and Springboard funding. It is your responsibility to inform us by email to Springboard@lit.ie and to provide proof of new status***

Long Description

The Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Effects for Film, TV and Animation is designed to develop your artistic and technical abilities to produce world-class 3D content. You will gain the knowledge and skills required to work in the Visual Effects and 3D animation industry as artists, content creators and designers for the film, television, and animation sectors both nationally and internationally.

This is an industry-focused course developed by ex-industry professionals who have worked for internationally renowned studios like Double Negative (Inception, The Dark Knight, Blade Runner 2049) Brown Bag Films and Screen Scene. If you want to learn industry leading content creations tools, techniques and workflows for film and television this is the course for you.

Once Springboard eligibility has been reviewed, the TUS Springboard+ team will be in touch with eligible applicants with further details on how to submit their portfolio which will have a deadline (TBC)****

**As only eligible applicants will be considered and asked to submit their portfolio, please ensure that your application is complete by uploading ALL supporting documents prior to the application deadline. The onus is on each applicant to ensure ALL documents are uploaded. TUS will not pursue applicants for missing documents for incomplete applications**

MODULES
Semester 1

3D Content Creation:
Designing and Modelling 3D props, environments and characters
Texturing and Look development
Pipeline and Workflow considerations
Design goal and methodologies, developing an eye for form and volume

Compositing:
A practical understanding of the building blocks of 2D Compositing
Design analysis, understanding what makes a shot look right and visually coherent
Manipulating colour and light

Business of Entertainment and Media:
Defining client and project goals
Production pipelines from script to shoot to post to distribution
Understanding job roles and expectations on digital projects
Case studies of Animation Visual Effects and digital media industries

Semester 2:

Fx for Film:
FX Fundamentals
Pyro simulations, RBDs, Explosions
FX to Lighting

Previsualisation:
Cameras and the language of cinema
Layout, shot composition and set dressing
Previs output and final approval

Advanced Compositing:
A grounding in 2D pixel math operations, allowing under the bonnet manipulation of images
Developing a cinematographer’s eye
CG Compositing

Acquisition for Visual Effects:
Onset acquisition fundamentals, cameras, lights etc.
On set production shoot for VFX
Matchmoving, motion capture and photogrammetry

What will the time commitment be?
Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.

Career Opportunities

3D Modeler, Texture Artist, Character Designer, Lighter, Compositor, Matchmove artist, Animator, Rigger, Matte Painting, Concept Artist, CG Supervisor, VFX Supervisor.

FURTHER STUDY:
This course can lead onto a separate Masters award which includes
- Portfolio and Professional Development
- Master’s project

This masters will run subject to demand and will cost approx €2,500 (TBC).

Timetable Info

This programme will commence in October 2022 and run for a duration of 9 months in TUS Clonmel campus.

Number of Weeks: 30
Number of Days/Evenings per week: 3/4 on campus days
Delivery Day/Evening: Day
Number of Hours per day/evening: 6
Times: 11-5 (TBC)

Location Campus: TUS Clonmel

Delivery Location

TUS Clonmel Digital Campus
Cashel Road,
Clonmel,
Co. Tipperary
E91 D896

Delivery Notes

This programme will commence in October 2022 and run for a duration of 9 months in TUS Clonmel campus.

Number of Weeks: 30
Number of Days/Evenings per week: 3/4 on campus days
Delivery Day/Evening: Day
Number of Hours per day/evening: 6
Times: 11-5 (TBC)

Location Campus: TUS Clonmel

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Daragh Sutton

Address

*** The Department of Flexible Learning & Springboard+ Team in TUS request that all supporting documents be uploaded to your online application. Thank you.***

Phone

061-293055

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

RPL Information

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be granted based on relevant experience and training in accordance with TUS's RPL Policy.

Application Procedures

Once Springboard eligibility has been reviewed, the TUS Springboard+ team will be in touch with eligible applicants with further details on how to submit their portfolio which will have a deadline (TBC)****

**As only eligible applicants will be considered and asked to submit their portfolio, please ensure that your application is complete by uploading ALL supporting documents prior to the application deadline. The onus is on each applicant to ensure ALL documents are uploaded. TUS will not pursue applicants for missing documents for incomplete applications**

Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie. Once you submit your application you will receive an automated acknowledgement email with a unique reference application number. Please quote this reference number when contacting Springboard TUS.

To complete your application you must upload the following Supporting Documents to your online application.

1. Current CV *must be up to date
2. Proof of existing level 7/8 educational qualification or equivalent

Please note that successful applicants may be required to provide below supporting documents closer to programme start date. TBC by Springboard HEA.

3. Proof of nationality ie. passport
4. Proof of PPS/employment/social welfare/returner status dated within the last month
5. Proof of Residency (2019, 2020, 2021)

This programme is 90% funded for those in employment/recent graduates who completed their studies in 2021/2022. Students who fall into this category must pay a 10% fee of €650 to secure their place on the programme. This 10% fee is non-refundable and must be paid prior to course commencement. Applicants on a qualifying DEASP payment/returners will qualify for 100% funding.

RECENT GRADUATES: Recent graduates with at least level 8 qualification in a relevant subject (2021/22) are eligible to apply and will be required to pay 10% of the tuition fee.

RETURNERS: If you are a returner who has been on home or other caring duties for 9 of the last 12 months OR you are economically dependent on a partner or spouse and have been unemployed for 9 of the last 12 months you must supply a notarized affidavit confirming this. Form download located here: https://springboardcourses.ie/pdfs/Declaration%20for%20Returners%20(2022-23).pdf

FEES: The overall fee for this programme is €6750. Applicants in employment/recent graduates will qualify for 90% Springboard+ funding and the 10% fee to be paid will be €675. Please note that this 10% fee is non-refundable and must be paid in full prior to course commencement. Applicants on a qualifying DEASP payment for 9 of the previous 12 months / returners will qualify for 100% funding.

This course will be Springboard funded for 22-23 academic year only. Applicants must complete this programme within this academic year. It is not possible to defer your place to the following academic year as we cannot guarantee that this course will run or be funded again. We would also advise you to review Former Springboard+ Participant guidelines, please copy & paste into your browser: https://springboardcourses.ie/pdfs/Guidelines%20on%20applications%20from%20previous%20Springboard%20participants%202019.pdf

TUS Flexible Learning Policies & Procedures are available through below link. Please copy & Paste into your browser:
https://lit.ie/en-ie/study-at-lit/course-information/flexible-learning-professional-courses/policies-and-procedures

Successful Springboard applicants will be required to complete registration via the Springboard portal throughout the academic year to secure funding for their place.***IMPORTANT NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process this may affect your fees and Springboard funding. It is your responsibility to inform us by email to Springboard@lit.ie and to provide proof of new status***