Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Effects for Film, TV and Animation (October 2021)

Limerick Institute of Technology (HCI21-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

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Full Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

Limerick School of Art & Design

General Information
Contact

Nicola Kelly

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

Phone

+353 61 293094

Address

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

Important Dates
Application Deadline

26/07/2021

Start Date

04/10/2021

End Date

12/09/2022

About this Course

**** Please note that the initial deadline for Springboard applications is July 26th. Springboard applications and supporting documentation are to be submitted by this date. Once Springboard eligibility has been reviewed, the LIT Springboard+ team will be in touch with eligible applicants with further details on how to submit their portfolio which will have a deadline of August 27th - 6pm.****

**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 of July 26th. The onus is on each applicant to ensure ALL documents are uploaded. LIT will not pursue applicants for missing documents for incomplete applications**

Are you interested in learning how to create the latest Visual Effects you see in Film, TV and Animation? 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 (eligible applicants must submit by the deadline of August 27th - 6pm), 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

Or
(c) 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
Current CV *must be up to date
Proof of nationality ie. passport
Proof of employment/social welfare/returner status dated within the last month (see below)

This is a Level 9, Special Purpose Award, 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.

2. 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.

3. EXAMS: Please note that the exams for this course will be a mix of Continuous Assessment and final in house exams. In house exams take place weekdays, during daytime hours i.e. between the hours of 9am and 6pm. TBC closer to exam time.

4. FEES: The overall fee for this programme is €6750. Applicants in employment 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 before you commence your programme of study. Applicants on a qualifying DEASP payment will qualify for 100% funding.

LIT 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

This course will be Springboard funded for 21-22 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

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

**** Please note that the initial deadline for Springboard applications is July 26th. Springboard applications and supporting documentation are to be submitted by this date. Once Springboard eligibility has been reviewed, the LIT Springboard+ team will be in touch with eligible applicants with further details on how to submit their portfolio which will have a deadline of August 27th - 6pm.****

**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 of July 26th. The onus is on each applicant to ensure ALL documents are uploaded. LIT will not pursue applicants for missing documents for incomplete applications**

Are you interested in learning how to create the latest Visual Effects you see in Film, TV and Animation? 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.


MODULES
Semester 1:
3D Content Creation: Creating 3D models that fulfill script and technical pipeline requirements
Compositing: Practical understanding of digital compositing, including the 2D pixel math operations
The Business of Entertainment and Media
Semester 2:
Fx for Film
Previsualisation
Advanced Compositing
Lighting and Look Development
Acquisition for Visual Effects

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

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

Timetable Info

September 2021 - September 2022

Number of Days/Evenings per week: 3/4
Delivery Day/Evening: Day
Number of Hours per day/evening: 6
Time: TBC prior to course commencement



Delivery Location

LIT Clonmel

Delivery Notes

September 2021 - September 2022

Number of Days/Evenings per week: 3/4
Delivery Day/Evening: Day
Number of Hours per day/evening: 6
Time: TBC prior to course commencement

Delivery is to be classroom based on LIT Clonmel (provided this is allowed in line with Covid-19 government guidelines)

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Nicola Kelly

Address

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

Phone

+353 61 293094

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

**** Please note that the initial deadline for Springboard applications is July 26th. Springboard applications and supporting documentation are to be submitted by this date. Once Springboard eligibility has been reviewed, the LIT Springboard+ team will be in touch with eligible applicants with further details on how to submit their portfolio which will have a deadline of August 27th - 6pm.****

**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 of July 26th. The onus is on each applicant to ensure ALL documents are uploaded. LIT 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 LIT.

To complete your application process you must upload the following supporting documents to your online application:

1. Current CV *must be up to date
2. Proof of existing level 8 educational qualification or equivalent
3. Proof of nationality ie. passport
4. Proof of employment/social welfare/returner status dated within the last month (see below)

Please note that places are LIMITED and only COMPLETE applications can be assessed. Please apply online here for your programme and ensure ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS are uploaded to your online application.

This programme is 90% funded for those in employment. Students who fall into this category must pay a 10% fee of €675 to secure their place on the programme. This 10% fee is non-refundable and must be paid before commencement date.

EMPLOYED APPLICANTS: ONE of the following: A recent payslip / most recent P60 / revenue documentation letter from employer confirming this (amounts may be redacted from financial documents) / letter/email from employer / proof from company website etc. Dated within the last month.

RECENT GRADUATES: Recent graduates with at least level 8 qualification in a relevant subject (2020) are eligible to apply and will be required to pay 10% of the tuition fee. Evidence of date and qualification received will be required as proof of eligibility.

UNEMPLOYED: Those in receipt of an eligible payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) must be in receipt of this payment for 9 of the previous 12 months. Applicants must inform their local DEASP Office that they are undertaking an HCI Pillar 1 graduate conversion course. Proof must be dated within the last month.

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(2021-22).pdf

FORMERLY SELF-EMPLOYED: Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient.

EXAMS: Please note that the Exams for this course will take place weekdays, during daytime hours i.e. between the hours of 9am and 6pm (TBC)

FEES: The overall fee for this programme is €6,750. Applicants in employment 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 before you commence your programme of study. Applicants on a qualifying DEASP payment will qualify for 100% funding.

This course will be Springboard funded for 21-22 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

LIT 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***