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Animation - 3D Animation

This one-year programme is designed to address the ICT skills demand for Computer Graphics for the digital media 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. This is attracting hundreds of jobs into the television and feature film sectors. 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 demand for technically skilled artist designers and IT graduates in TV and feature film.

The graduates of this programme 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 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 standard 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.

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess a primary honours degree or equivalent. Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPL) will be granted based on relevant experience and training in accordance with LIT's RPL policy. It is expected that candidates would be comfortable with technology.

Ideal candidates would be those with previous design experience who 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.

Successful candidates will then be called for an interview.


1 year, 10 hours per week.

Number of credits


Further enquiries

For further information:
Dept of Flexible Learning
Tel: 0504 28112

For academic queries:
Contact: Richard Gavin

Subjects taught

• The Creative Industries
• Job Readiness, including CV and DemoReel preparation
• Management of work placement components
• The pros and cons of freelancing
• Understanding job roles and expectations on digital projects
• Production pipelines from script to shoot to post to distribution
• Guide to the Animation Visual Effects and digital media industries
• Case studies from industry
• Entrepreneurship
• Marketing Strategies and Brand Management


Qualification: Certificate in 3D Animation (Special Purpose Award, Level 9).

Location: LIT Clonmel.

The target applicants identified for Springboard+ 2018 are:
1. Those in receipt of an eligible payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
• Those who already hold a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) award at level 5 or 6 or equivalent, with a previous history of employment.
• Those with a previous history of employment who already hold a higher level qualification at NFQ levels 6 to 9, but who may require additional up-skilling or reskilling in order to re-enter employment.

2. Previously self-employed people
• Those at all qualifications level who may require new qualifications to return to self-employment or to enter employment.

3. Returners (i.e. Homemakers)
• Those who already hold an NFQ award at level 5 or 6 or equivalent, with a previous history of employment.
• Those with a previous history of employment who already hold a higher level qualification at NFQ levels 6 to 9, who may require additional up-skilling or re-skilling in order to re enter employment.

4. Those in employment
• Those who wish to up-skill or re-skill, to meet required skill needs across a range of sectors.

Places will be provided free of charge to those participants from categories 1-3 above. Level 6 courses are free to all eligible participants. In the case of category 4, level 6 courses remain free, but a contribution of 10% of the cost of the place will be collected by the provider for level 7-9 courses, with the HEA funding 90% of the course fee. This contribution can be paid by the participant or the employer. Please refer to individual course pages for pricing details.

Assessment method

Continuous evaluation will take place during the programme with final evaluation on completion of the programme.

Course fee

This programme is free of charge for participants who are unemployed or previously self-employed. Participants who are in employment will be required to pay a fee of €313. Please see for eligibility criteria details.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Dates: January 2019

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