Certificate in VFX for Film, TV and Animation (Certificate in VFX for Film, TV and Animation )

Limerick Institute of Technology (SB20VFX)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in VFX for Film, TV & Animation

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

Limerick School of Art & Design

General Information
Contact

Veronica Walsh

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

Phone

+353 61 293055

Address

TBC

Important Dates
Application Deadline

15/01/2021

Start Date

20/01/2021

End Date

30/06/2021

About this Course

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 8th JANUARY 2021

This programme is designed to address the ICT skills demand for Computer Graphics for the animation, visual effects, television and film industries. The growth of digital media distribution channels has seen an enormous increase in the demand for all forms of digital media. In Ireland this has resulted in the rapid expansion of the animation and visual effects sector. This has been supported by recently introduced government tax credits under section 481 an increase of funding to the Irish Film board from 300 – 500 million in last years budget.

Do you love 3D Animation? Are you interested in learning how to create the latest Visual Effects you see in adverts, TV and Film? The national and international growth and success of the film and television sectors has created a real need for creative graduates who possess a unique blend of artistic and technological skills.

On this VFX for Film, TV & Animation level 9 programme, you will learn how to create and develop high quality digital content for the 3D animation and visual effects industry. You will work with industry leading content creations tools, techniques and workflows. In addition to developing your artistic ability, you will acquire the technical knowledge and skills to produce high quality 3d content for use in the film, television as well as related areas such as Games, and the Visualisation industry.

This programme provides advanced modules in both the creative and technical processes involved in producing 3D content for film and television and will also provide you with a foundation in the business and management of CGI projects

This programme is designed to address the ICT skills demand for Computer Graphics for the digital media industries.

Objectives

Course Content: Some areas explored within the course include topics such as:

3D Content Creation
• Designing 3D props and environments
• Creating Digital Characters
• Pipeline requirements, understanding where your work fits into the overall product
• Workflow considerations
• Design goal and methodologies, developing an eye for form and volume
• Automation

Compositing
• A practical understanding of the building blocks of 2D Compositing
• A grounding in 2D pixel math operations, allowing under the bonnet manipulation of images
• Developing a cinematographer’s eye
• Dissect what makes a shot look right and visually coherent
• Manipulating colour and light

Entertainment & Media
• Defining client and project goals
• Production pipelines from script to shoot to post to distribution
• Understanding job roles and expectations on digital projects
• Management of Work placement components
• The pros and cons of Freelancing
• Case studies of Animation Visual Effects and digital media industries
• Entrepreneurship

This programme is designed to address demand for creative and technical talent in the area of CG production for the TV, Film and Games industries. The growth of digital media distribution channels has seen an enormous increase in the demand for all forms of digital media. In Ireland this has resulted in the rapid expansion of the animation and visual effects sector. Recently introduced government tax credits are attracting hundreds of jobs into the television and feature film sectors. There is a large skills gap creating pent up demand for technically skilled artists, designers and IT graduates in the areas of TV and feature film and games.

This is an industry focused course developed and taught by ex industry professionals using industry standards tools and techniques. Graduates will have a range of industry ready skills that make them highly employable across the television feature film media and creative technology industries.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

1. An honours degree Level 8 or approved equivalent qualification.
Please upload copy of award/certificate.

2. A Generic Portfolio
Please upload your Portfolio to your online application
A generic portfolio might include some of the following:
• Digital 2D and 3D characters and models
• Sample 2D/3D animation
• Examples of shot video/film, highlight reels of work, where appropriate please note which elements you worked duration should be approx. 2min or less.
• Examples of Implemented code, Games/Websites/Software etc.
• Concept art, matte painting, Branding, Graphics, Illustration
• Storyboards
• Photographs and videos of larger pieces such as sculptures, paintings and prints
• Examples of work from the wider media industry

3. 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 Springboard@lit.ie requesting RPL consideration.

4. EXAMS: No end of year examinations. Continuous assessment assignment and exercises will be set during the programme.

5. 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.

6.FEES: €333.33 subsidised fee for employed applicants. This programme is 90% Springboard funded for employed applicants and 100% Springboard funded for unemployed applicants.

This is a Level 9 Special Purpose Award. 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.






Long Description

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 8th JANUARY 2021

This programme is designed to address the ICT skills demand for Computer Graphics for the animation, visual effects, television and film industries. The growth of digital media distribution channels has seen an enormous increase in the demand for all forms of digital media. In Ireland this has resulted in the rapid expansion of the animation and visual effects sector. This has been supported by recently introduced government tax credits under section 481 an increase of funding to the Irish Film board from €300 to €500 million in previous budgets.

The government is looking to double the number of jobs in the sector to over 24,000 (audio visual action plan, Creative Ireland Pillar 4). Creative digital projects built with rapidly changing technologies have created a large skills gap in the talent pipeline that underpins this expansion. This is creating a lot of demand for technically skilled artists designers and IT graduates in TV and feature film both nationally and within the mid west region where 100s of jobs have been created at Troy Studios.

The graduates of the Visual Effects for Film TV and Animation will possess a well developed understanding of both the creative and technical processes involved in producing digital assets for 3d animation & visual effects for TV and feature film and also related sectors such as the computer game and visualisation industries.

This is an industry focused course developed and taught by ex industry professionals using industry standards tools and techniques. In addition to extending graduates creative ability and technical skills they will also have a foundation in the planning, production and management of 3d animation/visual effects design projects. Graduates will have a range of industry ready skills that make them highly employable across the television feature film media and creative technology industries.

Timetable Info

This programme will commence 18th January 2021 and run until 30th June 2021
This programme will be delivered part-time on the LIT Clonmel campus and will be a mix of online and classroom lectures
30% classroom & 70% online
Each module will commence with a number of classroom sessions/tutorials and then move to online delivery (MSTeams/Moodle/Zoom)
All continuous assessment - no final exam

Delivery Location

This programme will commence 18th January 2021 and run until 30th June 2021
This programme will be delivered part-time between LIT Limerick and LIT Clonmel (TBC)
30% classroom & 70% online
Each module will commence with a number of classroom sessions/tutorials and then move to online delivery (MSTeams/Moodle/Zoom)
All continuous assessment - no final exam

Delivery Notes

This programme will commence 18th January 2021 and run until 30th June 2021
This programme will be delivered part-time between LIT Limerick and LIT Clonmel (TBC)
30% classroom & 70% online
Each module will commence with a number of classroom sessions/tutorials and then move to online delivery (MSTeams/Moodle/Zoom)
All continuous assessment - no final exam

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Veronica Walsh

Address

Springboard+ Team @ LIT
Flexible Learning Department
Limerick Institute of Technology
Flexible Learning Office (3A.06)
Moylish Park
Limerick
V94 EC5T

Phone

+353 61 293055

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

RPL Information

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

Application Procedures

Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie

To complete your application process you must scan to ONE FILE and upload the following supporting documents to your online application.

1. Current CV
2. Proof of existing Level 8 educational qualifications ie. copy of award/certificate
3. Proof of nationality ie. passport
4. Proof of employment/unemployment ie. payslip/p60 (amounts can be redacted) / social welfare payment ie. receipt/letter
5. SAMPLE PORTFOLIO. Please upload to your online application.

A Sample Portfolio might include some of the following:
• Digital 2D and 3D characters and models
• Sample 2D/3D animation
• Examples of shot video/film, highlight reels of work, where appropriate please note which elements you worked duration should be approx. 2min or less.
• Examples of Implemented code, Games/Websites/Software etc.
• Concept art, matte painting, Branding, Graphics, Illustration
• Storyboards
• Photographs and videos of larger pieces such as sculptures, paintings and prints
• Examples of work from the wider media industry

We don’t want to limit applicants so don't let your lack of direct experience in this area keep you from applying, for now please consider what you feel is your most relevant work.

Prior experience in the area of design and/or software experience would be an advantage. This understanding is usually demonstrated with a portfolio of previous work. We operate a very wide portfolio policy. We recognise and encourage traditional design and art skills as well as digital work within a portfolio. We also recognise the value of coding skills, software development and other technology related areas as well as design skills.

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPL) will be granted based on relevant experience and training in accordance with LIT's RPL policy.

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