1 Year Animation Level 6 (Level 6 Certificate in Animation)

Pulse College (CALV6)
Key Programme Details
Award

Level 6 QQI Certificate in Animation

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

General Information
Contact

Eoin McAuley

Email

eoin.mcauley@pulsecollege.com

Phone

(01) 478 4045

Address

Pulse College,
The Market Studios,
Unit H,
8 Mary's Lane,
Dublin 7

Role

Course Director

Important Dates
Application Deadline

04/02/2022

Start Date

07/02/2022

End Date

05/08/2022

About this Course

The Irish Animation Sector has been a creative foundation of Irelands vibrant audiovisual industry and continues to grow and thrive. Dynamic and technically advanced, Irish animation studios are making award-winning features, shorts, apps and games. Irish animation has been nominated for every major international award.

Animators work in many areas across many creative disciplines including, 2D and 3D animation, Stop frame,
Computer-generated animation for Film and TV, Motion graphics and the Games industry.

This Level 6 Animation Certificate Programme will introduce participants to valuable professional workflows and teach a range of skills; from theory, preproduction, production, and postproduction in 2D and 3D animation and modelling.

For new entrants, returners, job seekers or employed people who wish to diversify or forge a new career in a varied range of areas within the animation industry, this programme is designed to the develop skills, knowledge and competence to meet the growing and changing needs of the industry. Some of the up-skilling or re-skilling transferrable skills or qualifications include Creative Media, Animation, Art and Design, Computer Aided Technologies, Design for Moving Images, Film & Video, Graphic Design/Illustration, Multimedia, Spatial Design, 3D Design, Game Development etc.

Animation employers seek employees who possess the latest animation techniques and technology skills, led by entrepreneurial capability. A key element of this recognised qualification involves producing a professional portfolio of work and developing entrepreneurship skills.

Using industry led design and delivery, this innovative programme aims to develop specific knowledge, skills and competence for animation industry professionals capable of working in several roles in the sector.

Combining hands-on experience, industry projects and professional guidance ensures participants are taught beyond the standard levels in this unique programme. Our onsite/virtual business incubation unit and staff encourages the development of collaboration and linkages by supporting the progress and growth of participants and graduates.

Objectives

-Demonstrate an understanding of the animation pipeline and its central role in animation production, confidently referring to the work of key practitioners, communicating a developed knowledge of animation concepts and vocabulary

-Confidently create and manipulate 2D and 3D art and using animation principles to create concepts and animatic in the work environment

-Demonstrate ability in the manipulation of animation production software through the regular use of industry standard tools, presenting original art and animations

-Competently apply the requisite knowledge, concepts and tools of enquiry at the forefront of animation pre-production and production

-Demonstrate reflective thinking when it comes to producing animations, both with and without the use of animation technology

-Pursue academic progression from the Certificate to further study in animation production and/or related animation industry areas

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements /Applicant Eligibility Springboard 2021:

1.Those in receipt of an eligible payment from the Department of Social Protection (DSP).:

Description of Applicant:

Individuals who already hold a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) award at Level 5 or 6 or equivalent, with a previous history of employment; or
with a previous history of employment who already hold a higher-level qualification at NFQ Levels 6 to 9, who may require additional upskilling or reskilling in order to re-enter employment.

Criteria to be met:

To be eligible for a Springboard+ part-time course, a person must be in receipt of an eligible DSP payment or be signing for social insurance contribution credits and have a previous history of employment or self- employment and be actively seeking work.

2.Previously self employed:

Description of Applicant:

Individuals at all qualifications levels who may require new qualifications to return to self- employment or to enter employment.

Criteria to be met:

As above.

3. Returners:

Description of Applicant:

Individuals who already hold an NFQ award at Level 5 or 6 or equivalent, with a previous history of employment; or with a previous history of employment who already hold a higher-level qualification at NFQ Levels 6 to 9, who may require additional
upskilling or reskilling in order to re-enter employment.

Criteria to be met:

Returners seeking to apply in 2021 will be required to verify their status as a returner. This will include providing a letter/statement signed by a Commissioner for Oaths confirming their current status. It should be noted that acceptance on to a Springboard+ course does not confer any entitlement to DSP payments or childcare supports.
* See note below

4.Those in employment:

Description of Applicant:

wishing to upskill or reskill to meet required skill needs across a range of sectors.

Criteria to be met:

This category of applicant will be required to provide a copy of their most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment. Self-employed will fall under this heading and will be required to provide evidence of self-employment.
* See note below

5. Recent Graduates:

Description of Applicant:

wishing to acquire industry relevant skills to enable them to join the workforce

Criteria to be met:

2021 graduates will not be eligible for part time Springboard+ courses.

Places will be provided free of charge to those participants from categories 1-3 above. In the case of category 4, Level 6 courses remain free and a contribution of 10% of the cost of the place will be collected by the provider for Level 7-9 courses. This contribution can be paid by the participant or their employer. The HEA will fund the remaining 90% of the cost directly to the Providers.

* Returners and employed participants will be required to meet the residency requirements for Springboard+; that they must have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to their course.

It is important to note that as in previous years, no participant on a Springboard+ course in 2021 will be eligible for support under the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Higher Education Grants Scheme.

Please note the following which applies to all Springboard+ 2021 applicants:

Participants may not enrol in more than three courses in any five-year period. They may re-engage with the Springboard+ programme after a break period of two years.

Participants who enrolled in more than one Springboard+ course since the inception of Springboard in 2011, and did not complete any course, are not eligible to apply in 2021. This criterion applies to all categories of applicant.

Participants who enrolled in just one course, since the inception of Springboard+ in 2011, but did not complete, are eligible to apply in 2021.

All applicants must meet the eligibility criteria outlined below and any additional requirements as outlined by the course provider.

Applicants to the Certificate programme must have obtained a minimum of two Leaving Certificate H5 grades or higher and four O6 / H7 grades, including maths and either Irish or English for entry to the programme. Mature learners over the age of 23 can also apply for entry on to the programme.

All applicants are met in advance of admission by the Programme Director in order to provide them with detailed information on the programme and the nature of the workload and challenges involved. This allows applicants to make informed decisions as to the suitability of the programme for their needs and aspirations.
Minimum Requirements for General Learning:

Candidates presenting with the Leaving Certificate should have obtained a minimum of two H5 grades or higher and four O5/H6 grades including maths and either Irish or English for entry to the programme.

Minimum Experiential Requirements (if applicable):

There are no specific experiential requirements for entry to the programme. Applicants presenting without the required level 5 qualification but with a lower level qualification combined with experiential learning will be assessed as per QA C3 the policy on Recognition of Prior Learning.

Programme-specific RPL criteria and arrangements for Entry, Exemptions from Modules, advanced Entry and Direct Access to the Award:

Recognition of prior experiential learning is supported by the College. Such applications arise when a candidate does not have a level 5 award or equivalent. In such cases the candidate can ask that experiential learning be assessed in relation to the entry criteria.

Minimum Language Proficiency Requirements:
All learners are required to be proficient in English. Where a candidate’s mother tongue is not English, he or she is required to provide a proof of proficiency in the English language through satisfactory performance on an internationally recognised test (e.g. IELTS 6.5) or other similar English Language qualifications. Where applicants are borderline or do not have a recognised English Language qualification, they are tested in the College’s English Language Centre on arrival and, subject to satisfactory performance, can be offered admission or be required to undertake English language classes until they have achieved a satisfactory competence in the language.

Minimum Mathematical Proficiency Requirements:

Applicants should have achieved at least a O6 /H7 at Ordinary Level Mathematics in the Leaving Certificate with the exception of mature students and those entering via RPL.

Pre-Admission Interview:
It is College policy to meet with candidates following their application to ensure that the programme is an appropriate match for the needs, capabilities and aspirations. The interview is not graded for admissions purposes, but rather serves to provide assurances for the learner and the College that the programme is an appropriate fit for their needs.

All applicants are required to present for interview, and are expected to demonstrate the following: A proven interest in animation and animation production, computer literacy, an interest in 3D Sculpting and 2D Art, inherent creativity and a willingness to explore new ideas, a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the field of study, scholarly dedication to academic aspects of the programme and self-organisation skills.

The entry criteria are used to ensure that all applicants who are accepted onto the programme have the basic educational requirements to assure they can succeed and serve as a protection for learners. The purpose of the Interview is twofold: it serves to emphasise to the applicant the challenge that the programme will present and to assure the Programme Director that the applicant has the ability to succeed on the programme.

Please Note: All interviews will be carried out via Zoom with the Animation Faculty until further notice.

Long Description

The Irish Animation Sector has been a creative foundation of Irelands vibrant audiovisual industry and continues to grow and thrive. Dynamic and technically advanced, Irish animation studios are making award-winning features, shorts, apps and games. Irish animation has been nominated for every major international award.

Animators work in many areas across many creative disciplines including, 2D and 3D animation, Stop frame,
Computer-generated animation for Film and TV, Motion graphics and the Games industry.

This Level 6 Animation Certificate Programme will introduce participants to valuable professional workflows and teach a range of skills; from theory, preproduction, production, and postproduction in 2D and 3D animation and modelling.

For new entrants, returners, job seekers or employed people who wish to diversify or forge a new career in a varied range of areas within the animation industry, this programme is designed to the develop skills, knowledge and competence to meet the growing and changing needs of the industry. Some of the up-skilling or re-skilling transferrable skills or qualifications include Creative Media, Animation, Art and Design, Computer Aided Technologies, Design for Moving Images, Film & Video, Graphic Design/Illustration, Multimedia, Spatial Design, 3D Design, Game Development etc.

Animation employers seek employees who possess the latest animation techniques and technology skills, led by entrepreneurial capability. A key element of this recognised qualification involves producing a professional portfolio of work and developing entrepreneurship skills.

Using industry led design and delivery, this innovative programme aims to develop specific knowledge, skills and competence for animation industry professionals capable of working in several roles in the sector.

Combining hands-on experience, industry projects and professional guidance ensures participants are taught beyond the standard levels in this unique programme. Our onsite/virtual business incubation unit and staff encourages the development of collaboration and linkages by supporting the progress and growth of participants and graduates.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment in the fields of:

-Architecture,
-TV
-Film
-Education
-Medical Sciences
-Technical Art
-Advertising
And many more

Timetable Info

Semester 1: (12 Weeks)

Monday 9am-12pm: Animation History and Theory
Monday 1pm-5pm: Life Drawing

Tuesday 9am-5pm: 3D Animation Studio 1

Wedneday 9am-12pm: Visual Culture and Theory

Semester 2: (12 Weeks)

Monday 1pm-5pm: 3D Animation Studio 1

Tuesday 10am-5pm: 2D Animation Studio 1

Wednesday 10am-1pm Texturing and Unwrapping
Wednesday 2pm-5pm Storyboarding and Layout

Schedule is subject to change.

Delivery Location

Online delivery will be achieved through the college's designated VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).

Physical lab classes will occur under social distancing conditions at:
Pulse College,
The Market Studios,
Unit H,
8 Mary's Lane,
Dublin 7

Delivery Notes

Blended

All classes will be delivered in a blended mode with each semester lasting 12 weeks. Students will have some theory classes delivered online but practical classes will be conducted on labs where possible. The 12 weeks of a full semester will run concurrently but will alternate between online and in lab classes. Social Distancing will also be observed.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Eoin McAuley

Address

Pulse College,
The Market Studios,
Unit H,
8 Mary's Lane,
Dublin 7

Phone

(01) 478 4045

Email

eoin.mcauley@pulsecollege.com

Application Procedures

Applicants will have to undergo an interview process via Zoom.