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3D Modelling & Animation

Is this the course for you?
There are many production pipelines in industry that require content developed for specific purposes. Game assets will differ from feature animation for example; SFX and compositing assets will differ from architectural visualisation. This course however reconciles these forms of content creation and teaches the similarities and differences in creating for each.

The pathway through the course will allow the student to decide to focus on specific areas such as games animation, special effects or feature animation. Each of the modules will allow for content to be created to fit into each of these pipelines while offering a grounding in the differences involved for each.

The course will inform the process from concept development right through to integration into various real-time and pre-rendered platforms used by sector leaders. New and emerging asset pipelines will also be explored such as augmented reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) content creation.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
Level 8 Honours Degree in Design, or equivalent, second class honours (2.2).

If you don’t have an honours degree but have relevant experience you may also be eligible to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).


1 year

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Successful graduates find themselves working in the following sectors:
• Games
• Film
• Animation
• Advertising

Graduate careers typically include:
• 3D Modeler
• Texturer
• Special Effects Artist

Follow-on courses
• Masters degrees at LYIT and in institutes and universities at home and abroad.

Further enquiries

Nollaig Crombie, Head of Department of Design & Creative Media,
E- Mail:
Telephone: (074) 918 6203

Subjects taught

Mandatory modules
Semester 1
• Concept Art for 3D (M)
• 3D Modelling and Sculpting (M)
• Texturing and Rendering (M)

Semester 2
• Rigging and Animation (M)
• Work Based Learning (M)
• Final Project (Asset Integration) (M)

(M) = Mandatory

Enrolment and start dates

Proposed Commencement Date: September (annually)

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