Digital Sculpting & Modelling

Certificate Digital Sculpting + Modelling.
This course is currently offered in collaboration with Creative Futures Academy (CFA). CFA is a ground-breaking partnership between: The National College of Art and Design, University College Dublin, and the Institute of Art, Design + Technology. Our tailored programmes and micro courses offer access to expertise and networks across the three leading creative institutions and our industry partners. Learn with us as we experiment, innovate and respond to change.

What is it?
This course is taught by Sean Forsyth, a leading 3D sculptor and educator in this area. Seán has worked as a 3D Modeller, Texture Artist, Fur Groomer, Technical Director, CG Supervisor and Art Director in the animation industry for over 14 years, supervising multi Emmy award winning television cartoons in that time.

At the end of the course, you will understand the interface and basic workflows required to continue using the software to create your own 3D models. Both organic and hard surface modelling techniques will be explained and explored.

The course will be delivered fully online on Saturdays from February to June over 16 weeks.

What will I do?
Animation is a digital medium where 3d Modellers are a key component of the production pipeline. They are both the technicians and artists that sculpt in 3D, digital worlds, and everything we see in 3D animations, VFX and even films. They create not only the monsters and heroes, but also the worlds around them and the objects they interact with. Animators then make them move.

It is critical that any 3D sculptor has the advanced skills need to create convincing characters and worlds and their role. This requires then to command a variety of digital practices and technologies to the final completion of complex creative projects. This course is focused on that outcome.

Assessment will be made based on the final content of your work. There are a few aspects to this, each weighted differently: a reference board, a journal, a cartoony character, plus your main project.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Semester 1
• Counselling Theory and Practice 1
• Professional Practice in Guidance Counselling

Semester 2
• Contemporary Perspectives on Vocational Development and Progression across the Lifespan
• Theory and Skills of Experiential Group Learning

Semester 3 Summer
• Theory and Practice of Psychological Testing

Year 2

Semester 1
• Counselling Theory and Practice 2
• Advanced Research Methods in Guidance Counselling
• Practicum 1: Practice Placement

Semester 2
• Practicum 2:
• Practice Placement
• Dissertation 1

Semester 3 Summer
• Dissertation 2

Entry requirements

Applicants must have an undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level.

Those without this qualification may be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through the RPL (recognition of prior learning) process. As part of the RPL process, applicants in this category will be required to present a qualifying statement of a standard that demonstrates their ability to undertake work at Level 9.

A CV detailing your professional experience is required.

Experience using a drawing tablet is a big plus nut not essential.

Materials / Equipment Requirements
Each student must provide their own drawing tablet – examples include:

The Huion Inspiroy H950P or the Huion New 1060 Plus (both available for approx EUR57 online). Alternatives might be the Wacom One (approx EUR59 online), or for those with a budget to spend and who want a professional version would be the Wacom Intuos 5 (approx. €400).

Application dates

Application Deadline
Monday 23rd January 2023 at 9am


16 weeks.

This course will be delivered fully online on Saturdays (16 weeks) from 9am to 3pm (including a one hour lunch break) on:

4th, 11th, 18th, 25th February 2023
4th, 11th, 18th, 25th March 2023
1st, 22nd, 29th April 2023
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th May 2023
3rd June 2023

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

Graduate Profile
Graduate of this programme have availed of opportunities to work as qualified guidance counsellors in the post-primary, further, higher and adult education sector, public employment sector and private practice. They have also progressed into further professional studies and research.

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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