Certificate in 2D/3D Digital Animation Production (January 2017)

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DK_MCDAP_7)
Key Programme Details
Award

Special Purpose Award

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime, Classroom - Evening

Mode

Part Time

Available

ECTS Credits

40

General Information
Contact

Michael Connolly

Email

michael.connolly@dkit.ie

Phone

+353 (0) 42 9370200

Address

Michael Connolly, Programme Convenor, Section of Creative Media, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Dundalk Co. Louth, Ireland

Role

Course Convenor

Important Dates
Application Deadline

20/01/2017

Start Date

23/01/2017

About this Course

To quote Ian Hamilton, Producer of Roy [BBC] "Animation in Ireland is booming at the moment...it's very hard to find an animator out of work..." (Film Ireland, 2013). The Oscar nomination of Cartoon Saloon's 'Song of the Sea', as another in the long list of Irish animated films upon whom this honour has been bestowed, proves that it really is a golden age for animation in Ireland at the moment.

This programme aims to provide students with a strong grounding & transferable skills in Digital Animation Production processes and techniques for both 2D & 3D animation.

The overall aim is to provide those currently unemployed with an opportunity to take part in a structured educational programme that leads to a third level qualification at level 7. This course ran in (2014/2015) for the first time and attracted candidates from a variety of backgrounds, including traditional animation, film, multimedia, fine art and architecture.

What our graduates have said:

"Very practical, covered a broad and relevant range of subject areas, feel have learned skills which are applicable not only to animation field, but any workplace. Accessible, knowledgeable tutors. Having spoken to people in industry, feel we're coming out with more technical animation skills relative to other animation courses in the Republic of Ireland, and comparable to courses in Northern Ireland. Feel the acquired skill set will put us in a position to get jobs in the industry."

"amazing course. should be made full time"

"tutors made themselves available and accessible outside lecture and practical hours throughout the year, which is very appreciated. Tutors enthusiastic, helpful and experienced in industry."

Entry Requirements

The standard Level 7 entry requirements for DKIT programmes are:
Six passes in the Leaving Certificate, including Mathematics and either Irish or English and either one Higher Level Grade C3, or a minimum of 200 points, or, a level of qualification equivalent to the above (see below re: RPL).

Long Description

To quote Ian Hamilton, Producer of Roy [BBC] "Animation in Ireland is booming at the moment...it's very hard to find an animator out of work..." (Film Ireland, 2013). The Oscar nomination of Cartoon Saloon's 'Song of the Sea', as another in the long list of Irish animated films upon whom this honour has been bestowed, proves that it really is a golden age for animation in Ireland at the moment.

This programme aims to provide students with a strong grounding & transferable skills in Digital Animation Production processes and techniques for both 2D & 3D animation.

The overall aim is to provide those currently unemployed with an opportunity to take part in a structured educational programme that leads to a third level qualification at level 7. This course ran in (2014/2015) for the first time and attracted candidates from a variety of backgrounds, including traditional animation, film, multimedia, fine art and architecture.

What our graduates have said:

"Very practical, covered a broad and relevant range of subject areas, feel have learned skills which are applicable not only to animation field, but any workplace. Accessible, knowledgeable tutors. Having spoken to people in industry, feel we're coming out with more technical animation skills relative to other animation courses in the Republic of Ireland, and comparable to courses in Northern Ireland. Feel the acquired skill set will put us in a position to get jobs in the industry."

"amazing course. should be made full time"

"tutors made themselves available and accessible outside lecture and practical hours throughout the year, which is very appreciated. Tutors enthusiastic, helpful and experienced in industry."

Career Opportunities

The Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music is dedicated to providing real world experiences to students on this programme. This will include access to industry professionals on campus in the delivery of masterclasses, allowing for important networking and internship opportunities.

Real world projects will be integrated into assessments as much as possible, allowing for students to experience the process of working with clients, as per Industry models.

Students will also have access to a dedicated Springboard employment liaison officer, which will allow for the provision of careers advice, interview skills and CV preparation workshops to be built into class time.

Students will also prepare online portfolios as part of their continuous assessments, all of which will assist them in sourcing employment upon completion.

A key part of the job readiness component of the course is the 2-week work placement which will take place in May 2017.

The Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music has a history of successful work placements in its current programmes, where students have gained employment following such placements (see section below).

Timetable Info

2 full days (9-5pm) per week. Days to be determined.

Delivery Location

Dundalk iT

Delivery Notes

Mix of online/distance and on-campus

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Rita Mathews, Springboard Administrator

Address

Lifelong Learning Centre, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland

Phone

+353 (0) 42 9370295

Email

springboard@dkit.ie

RPL Information

Dundalk Institute of Technology recognises that knowledge, skills and competencies can be acquired from a range of learning experiences, including formal, non-formal and informal. Through RPL, the Institute commits to give value to all relevant learning, irrespective of mode or place of learning.Recognition of prior learning will provide opportunities for access, transfer and progression to education and training and for the achievement of an award. Processes and practices for the recognition of prior learning will be communicated openly and clearly to all stakeholders.The focus of the Institute’s RPL process will be on the achievement of learning, or the outcome of learning, rather than the experience of learning. Through the RPL process, candidates will demonstrate the appropriate academic level of learning and, where applicable, produce evidence of practical skills.The Institute will ensure that academic standards comparable to those attained on programmes by traditional modes of learning will be maintained and applied throughout the RPL process. Recognition of prior learning will be embedded within the quality assurance procedures of DkIT