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  • » Higher Certificate in Arts in Photography

    Programme Title  Higher Certificate in Arts in Photography
    CAO Code  LY406
    LYIT internal code  
    Duration  2 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  20
    National Framework Level  6
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    • MIN. FIVE O6/H7
    • ENGLISH OR IRISH O6/H7.
    Mature applicants
    Should apply via the CAO, making sure they tick the relevant boxes on pages 2 and 3 of the CAO application form.
    What will I study?
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Fundamentals of Photography Mandatory  5  3
     Visual Enquiry 1 Mandatory  10  6
     Visual Enquiry 2 Mandatory  10  6
     Communication Skills Mandatory  5  3
     1/2  Photography 1 - Motion Mandatory  5  6
     Photography 2 - Studio Mandatory  10  6
     Digital Workflow Mandatory  5  3
     History of Photography 1 Mandatory  5  3
     2/3  Photography 3 - PreVisualisation Mandatory  10  6
     Photography 4 – Narrative & Documentary Mandatory  10  6
     Professional Practice Mandatory  5  3
     History of Photography 2 Mandatory  5  3
     2/4  Photography Project Mandatory  15  8
     Post Processing Mandatory  5  3
     Digital Portfolio Mandatory  5  3
     Photography Theory Mandatory  5  3
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Graduates may apply for advanced entry onto Level 8 Photography programmes at other Institutes such as IADT Dun Laoghaire, Griffiths College Dublin and University Ulster Belfast.
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

  • » Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design
    CAO Code  LY407
    LYIT internal code  LY_DDESC_D
    Duration  3 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  50
    National Framework Level  7
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Graphic Designers are creative people who, when presented with a design problem, produce ideas and develop them into design solutions. A designer works with ideas and sketches to form a concept, which is used to develop a final design. A finished design usually requires consideration of layout, fonts, visuals and colour. A graphic designer can design material for print (brochures, book jackets, posters, magazines, CD covers, stationery) and for screen (web sites, CD-rom, multimedia kiosks). A Graphic Designer could carry out any of the following tasks in a working day, either independently or as part of a design team:
    • Work with clients to cost and budget the brief
    • Research the design brief
    • Develop a concept using sketches and roughs
    • Communicate ideas to colleagues and the client
    • Evaluate and adjust the design as it progresses
    • Develop the design on screen using industry software
    • Proof read and check roughs
    • Prepare screen work for screen output and print output, adding specifications / bureau sheet where required
    • Aptitudes: An ability to observe and record
    • Skills: Good interpersonal / communication skills
    • Interests: Visual arts and popular culture
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Applicants should have grade D3 or better in at least five subjects in the Leaving Certificate, including Art and either Irish or English. Maths is not required for entry to Graphic Design.
    • FETAC applicants click
    • Applicants presenting non-Irish exams as a basis for entry, please check the IOTCEF listing to search for the entry relevant to your country
    • Applicants who are interested in taking selected modules only from this programme and/or those interested in studying this programme in a part-time mode, click
    Schools not offering LC Art.
    LYIT is aware that not all students have an opportunity to take Art at Leaving Certificate and are anxious that this deficit at school level should not mitigate against creative students. Therefore, applicants from a school that does not offer Leaving Certificate Art have 2 alternatives:
    1. They may take a FETAC qualification. 
    2. They may apply via CAO also submit a letter to the Department of Design & Creative Media, countersigned by their school Principal indicating that Leaving Certificate Art is unavailable at their school. Both of these tasks should be completed before 1 st February. Applicant complying with these requirements will invited to attend a creative test in LYIT in April. Applicants will be notified of the date for this test before the end of March. Note this exception does not apply to student attending schools where Art is available at Leaving cert but not taken by the Student. Students who submit a CAO application after February 1 st will not be able to avail of this exception.
    Mature applicants
    should apply via the CAO before February 1st. Mature applicants who do not have Leaving Certificate or FETAC results for which points can be awarded will be invited to attend a creative test in April. In order to facilitate this, mature applicants who lack appropriate Leaving Cert. or FETAC results may not avail of the CAO’s late deadline and must apply by February 1st
    What will I study?
    Year/Semester Proposed Modules Mandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits Class hours per week
     1/1  Visual Literacy Mandatory  10  6
     Introduction to Design Software Mandatory  5  3
     Typography Mandatory  5  4
     3D Studies Mandatory  5  3
     Learner Development & Study Skills  Mandatory  5  3
     1/2  Visual Communications 1 Mandatory  10  6
     Image Making 1 Mandatory  5  3
     Technical Skills Mandatory  5  3
     Photography Mandatory  5  4
     Design Theory 1  Mandatory  5  3
     2/3  Visual Communications 2 Mandatory  10  6
     Image Making 2 Mandatory  5  3
     Web Design 1 Basics Mandatory  5  3
     Digital Image Manipulation Mandatory  5  3
     Design Theory 2  Mandatory  5  3
     2/4  Visual Communications 3 Mandatory  10  6
     Image Making 3 Mandatory  5  3
     Web Design 2 - Interactivity Mandatory  5  3
     Advanced Digital Image Manipulation Mandatory  5  3
     Professional Practice 1  Mandatory  5  3
     3/5  Visual Communications 4 Mandatory  10  6
     Image Making 4 Mandatory  10  4
     Web Design 3 - Flash Mandatory  5  4
     Professional Practice 2 Mandatory  5  3
     3/6  Visual Communications 5 Mandatory  10  6
     Image Making 5 Mandatory  10  4
     Web Design– CSS & Javascript Mandatory  5  4
     Design Theory 3 Mandatory  5  3
    Learning Outcomes
    The final examination for the Degree consists of a combination of project work, an extended essay or dissertation on an individually selected design topic, and continuous assessment. On successful completion of this programme the graduate will:
    • Demonstrate a broad spectrum of theoretical knowledge pertinent to Design
    • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding in the following specialist areas: typography, print specifications, photography, layout, on-screen publishing.
    • Use a range of technical and interpersonal skills and tools, both creative and technical.
    • Analyse problems and apply appropriate solutions
    • Apply critical evaluation and formulate relevant opinions
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    On successful completion of this programme learners may progress to the level 8 honours Degree in Graphic Design or honours Degree in Design in Digital Media (60 additional ECTS credits)
    Graduates from this programme may also apply to pursue further studies to Degree level at other Institutes and Universities in Ireland or abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    Graphic designers may specialise in a number of fields including television, film and computer graphics, set and exhibition design, corporate design book and magazine design advertising and illustration.
    Graduates from this programme have found work in a wide range of job situations. Some now own and run their own business, some are employed as illustrators and designers in design consultancies and printing companies and many have gone on to obtain degrees, some at higher level. We continue to receive requests from employers for well-qualified and creative graduates. According to the feedback we received from our First Destination Survey, the starting salary for recent graduates is in the range of €25,000 Prospects for design graduates are therefore very good with the majority of graduates finding suitable employment immediately on successful completion of the programme.
    This course begins in September each year.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Nollaig Crombie, Head of Department of Design & Creative Media, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: Nollaig.Crombie@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6203

  • » Bachelor of Arts in Creative Digital Media

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Arts in Creative Digital Media
    CAO Code  LY427
    LYIT internal code  LY_DCDMD_D
    Duration  3 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  20
    National Framework Level  7
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Students on this programme are involved in the production and design of media: imagery; text; 3D models and animation; audio and video. They then deploy this media in a range of interactive and time-based forms. For example students will create videos, motion graphics, DVD's and interactive websites.
    The language of design in this course encompasses communication design, sound design and media design. Digital technology such as personal computers, the Internet, digital cameras and sound recording technology is central to these creative endeavours.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Applicants should have grade D3 or better in at least 5 subjects in the Leaving Certificate, including either Irish or English. Maths is not required. Leaving Cert Art is not required though desirable. Entry is based on Leaving Certificate or FETAC results only. There is no portfolio assessment – however, it should be noted that this is a highly creative programme and demands the artistic engagement of learners.
    Mature applicants should apply via the CAO before February 1st. Mature applicants who do not have Leaving Certificate or FETAC results for which points can be awarded will be invited to attend a creative test in April. In order to facilitate this, mature applicants who lack appropriate Leaving Cert. or FETAC results may not avail of the CAO's late deadline and must apply by February 1st.
    • FETAC applicants click
    • Applicants presenting non-Irish exams as a basis for entry, please check the IOTCEF listing to search for the entry relevant to your country
    • Applicants who are interested in taking selected modules only from this programme and/or those interested in studying this programme in a part-time mode, click
    Schools not offering LC Art.
    LYIT is aware that not all students have an opportunity to take Art at Leaving Certificate and are anxious that this deficit at school level should not mitigate against creative students. Therefore, applicants from a school that does not offer Leaving Certificate Art have 2 alternatives:
    • They may take a FETAC qualification. See table on Prospectus 2006/07.
    • They may apply via CAO also submit a letter to the Department of Design & Multimedia, countersigned by their school Principal indicating that Leaving Certificate Art is unavailable at their school.
    Both of these tasks should be completed before 1st February.
    Applicant complying with these requirements will invited to attend a creative test in LYIT in April. Applicants will be notified of the date for this test before the end of March. Note this exception does not apply to student attending schools where Art is available at Leaving cert but not taken by the Student. Students who submit a CAO application after February 1 st will not be able to avail of this exception.
    What will I study?
    Year/Semester Proposed Modules Mandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits Class hours per week
     1/1  Visual Design Mandatory  10  6
     Exploring Audio & Video Mandatory  5  4
     3D Studies Mandatory  5  3
     Introduction to Design Software Mandatory  5  5
     Design Theory & Professional Practice 1 Mandatory  5  4
     1/2  Image Making 1 Mandatory  5  3
     Audio & Video Mandatory  5  4
     Screen Design & Prototyping Mandatory  5  3
     3D Fundamentals Mandatory  5  4
     Information Technology Mandatory  5  4
     Design Theory & Professional Practice 2 Mandatory  5  4
     2/3  Image Making 2 Mandatory  5  3
     Studio Audio & Video Mandatory  5  4
     Web design 1 - Basics Mandatory  5  4
     3D Modelling & Texturing Mandatory  5  3
     Introduction to Scripting Mandatory  5  3
     Design Theory & Professional Practice 3 Mandatory  5  4
     2/4  Image Making 3 Mandatory  5  3
     Video & Multi Track Audio Mandatory  5  4
     Web Design 2 - Interactivity Mandatory  5  4
     Animation (Effects Animation) Mandatory  5  3
     Web Development Mandatory  5  3
     Design Theory & Professional Practice 4 Mandatory  5  4
     3/5  Interaction Design Mandatory  5  3
     Live Audio Video Design & Production Mandatory  5  4
     Motion Graphics Mandatory  5  3
     Web Design 3 - Flash Mandatory  5  4
     Application Scripting 1 Mandatory  5  3
     Design Theory & Professional Practice 5 Mandatory  5  4
     3/6  Play/Create Mandatory  5  3
     Designing Interactive Audio & Video Mandatory  5  4
     Digital Character Animation Mandatory  5  3
     Web Design 4 – CSS & Javascript Mandatory  5  4
     Application Scripting 2 Mandatory  5  3
     Design Theory & Professional Practice 6 Mandatory  5  4
    Learning Outcomes
    The final examination for the Degree consists of a combination of project work, an extended essay or dissertation on an individually selected design topic, and continuous assessment. On successful completion of this programme the graduate will:
    • Demonstrate a broad spectrum of theoretical knowledge pertinent to Design
    • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding in the following specialist areas: typography, print specifications, photography, layout, on-screen publishing.
    • Use a range of technical and interpersonal skills and tools, both creative and technical.
    • Analyse problems and apply appropriate solutions
    • Apply critical evaluation and formulate relevant opinions
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    On successful completion of this programme, students may apply to progress to the Level 8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Digital Media, Design & Production at LYIT
    Graduates from this programme may also apply to pursue further studies to relevant level 8 programmes at other Institutes and Universities in Ireland and abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    Graduates from this programme are multi-skilled and may find employment with media and design companies, small creative enterprises or freelance in a range of fields including, web design, video production, sound design, animation, multimedia production or visualisation
    This course begins in September each year.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Nollaig Crombie, Head of Department of Design & Creative Media, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: Nollaig.Crombie@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6203

  • » Bachelor of Arts in Animation

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Arts in Animation
    CAO Code  LY437
    LYIT internal code  LY_DANIM 
    Duration  3 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  20
    National Framework Level  7
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Animation appears everywhere - as children’s cartoons, advertisements, music videos, computer games, title sequences, special effects and as experimental and short films. There is no limit to the variety of materials and methods that can be used to make animated films.  The creative possibilities in producing animation make it the ideal media for anyone who wants to see their ideas come vividly to life.
    This is a creative animation course offering a broad range of skills designed to enable you to operate independently within the commercial environment after graduation. The contemporary animation industry requires creative thinkers who can operate flexibly within different aspects of animation production.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    • Min. Five O6/H7
    • English or Irish O6/H7
    • LC Art or Portfolio
    Maths is not required.
    Applicants must have either Leaving Certificate Art or Design Communication Graphics or equivalent or will be required to submit a portfolio of design related work.
    For NI applicants, A level Art or Moving Image Arts are acceptable.
    For information on submitting a portfolio for those applicants who do not have Leaving certificate Art or Design Communication Graphics or equivalent, please click here
    • FETAC applicants click FETAC
    • Applicants presenting non-Irish exams as a basis for entry, please check the IOTCEF listing to search for the entry relevant to your country
    • Applicants who are interested in taking selected modules only from this programme and/or those interested in studying this programme in a part-time mode, click Part-time Study
    Mature applicants
    Should apply via the CAO, making sure they tick the relevant boxes on pages 2 and 3 of the CAO application form.
    What will I study?
    Year 1 introduces the student to the principles of animation as well as the basics of drawing, observation, photography, scriptwriting, storyboarding and cinematography. The emphasis in Year 1 is on developing creativity and understanding of the animation process.
    Year 2 concentrates on the development of digital skills and processes with modules on 2D and 3D digital animation as well as continuing development of animation and storytelling. Drawing and Design continues to emphasis drawing and observational skills while Animation History traces the development of the medium through the 20th Century.Year 2 allows for an elective module in the second semester. The student can choose from a Work Placement, Design & Marketing or Life Drawing.
    In Year 3, the first semester develops their interdisciplinary skills integrating 2D and 3D skills with live action as well as group projects and industry engagement. In the final semester, modules on the Animation Business and Professional Animation Practice prepare the student for life after college while the Animation Project allows the student to produce a short animated film or a number of key animated sequences showcasing their animation skills and specialism.
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Design Principles Mandatory  10  8
     The Design Process Mandatory  5  4
     Animation Basics Mandatory  5  7
     Communication Skills Mandatory  5  3
     1/2  Narrative & Visual Storytelling Mandatory  10  7
     Animation Principles Mandatory  10  7
     Drawing Studies Mandatory  5  3
     Animation History 1 Mandatory  5  3
     2/3  3D Digital Animation Essentials Mandatory  10  6
     2D Digital Animation Essentials Mandatory  10  6
     Drawing & Design Mandatory  5  3
     Animation History 2 Mandatory  5  3
     2/4  3D Digital Animation  Mandatory  10  6
     2D Digital Animation Mandatory  10  6
     Animation History 3 Mandatory  5  3
     Life Drawing Elective  5  3
     Design & Marketing  Elective  5  3
     Work Placement Elective  5  3
     3/5  Animation Production Mandatory  15  8
     Visual Effects Animation Mandatory  10  5
     Animation & Contemporary Culture Mandatory  5  3
     3/6  Animation Project  Mandatory  20  9
     Professional Animation Practice Mandatory  5  4
     The Animation Business Mandatory  5  3
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Graduates may apply for advanced entry onto Level 8 Animation programmes such as the BA in Animation at IADT Dun Laoghaire and BSc (hons) in Animation Production at Limerick IT.
    Career Opportunities
    Employment prospects are currently very good for animation graduates with the correct skill sets and portfolio.  There is growing demand for animation content and for highly skilled graduates, which shows no sign of slowing. Many of the larger Irish Animation companies are producing large volumes of content for broadcasters such as the BBC and Disney, meaning that employment prospects appear good for graduates of dedicated animation programmes.
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

  • » Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Communication & Graphic Design

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Communication & Graphic Design
    CAO Code  Add-on programme, not available via CAO
    LYIT internal code  LY_DVSUL_B
    Duration  1 year. Advanced entry into Year 4
    Standard Code Places:  20
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Students on this programme are encouraged to communicate creatively and critically through experimentation. The Programme invites analytical thinking with an emphasis on solving visual communication problems through the development of original solutions, aided by technical media. Students are encouraged to develop their creative practice according to their interests and strengths.
    If you would like to define your goals, experiment with ideas and challenge current practices in design communication, this programme is for you.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    The programme is offered in full-time mode for one year. Applicants should have a relevant Level 7 award in graphic design. Equivalent qualifications with 180 ECTS credits and appropriate learning outcomes will be considered
    What will I study?
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     4/7  Design & Image in Motion Mandatory  20  7
     Business of Graphic Design Mandatory  5  5
     Contemporary Design Theory Mandatory  5  3
     4/8  Design Project Mandatory  15  7
     Personal Promotion Mandatory  10  5
     Innovation and Creativity Mandatory  5  3
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Graduates may go on to study on the MA in Motion Graphics at Lyit or on MA programmes in other institutes in Ireland or abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    Graduates find employment in the visual communication industry both in Ireland and abroad. The skills learnt are highly transferable so graduate careers typically include
    • Graphic Design
    • Advertising and Art Direction
    • Web Design
    • Interactive Media
    • Motion Graphics
    • Print and Publishing
    • Freelance design and illustration.
    Employers range from brand, advertising and marketing agencies, to companies with in-house marketing teams, publishers, the media, graphic design consultancies and web design companies. Many designers also set up their own business.
    This course is suitable for those who ultimately wish to pursue a career in teaching as it is recognised by the Teaching Council for the purposes of teaching Art
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

  • » Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Digital Media Design & Production

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Digital Media Design & Production
    CAO Code  Add-on programme, not available via CAO
    LYIT internal code  LY_DDIGM_B
    Duration  1 year, post Level 7 Bachelor Degree
    Standard Code Places:  30
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Digital technology is now pivotal to the creation and deployment of media information. Digital Media is a term that reflects the changing media landscape resulting from the digitisation of information. The digital media industry encompasses web design, game design, video and sound production, post-production, animation and interactive multimedia. Digital Media Designers create and manipulate sound and picture for time-based (video and animation) and interactive media (websites, games, information kiosks). A Digital Media producer may undertake any of the following tasks during their working day:
    • Liaising with clients to develop and cost a brief.
    • Researching a brief.
    • Preparing pre-production documents such as storyboards to outline the agreed concept.
    • Content creation such as capturing and manipulating still imagery, designing a computer based interface or creating, editing and post-producing time based
    • Authoring and editing digital media product for DVD, broadcast or Internet delivery .
    • Project managing the development, implementation and delivery of the digital media product.
    • Liaising with related production, business and technical experts.
    Specialisation is common in the industry, although digital media personnel are often highly multi-skilled and may perform a combination of roles, especially in smaller enterprises.

    Web Designers

    design interactive web based experiences. This involves creating websites to fulfil client's expectations, often in order to promote, market or sell products or services. Designing interactivity is important and creating a "look and feel" that reflects, the goals of the service, product or organisation is central.

    Multimedia Producers

    will work in creating organising and editing a range of media. This may be in order to create a new interactive multimedia product or to repurpose existing media in new and innovative ways.

    Sound Editors

    edit and manipulate sound for music production, radio or for putting sound to picture. They often work under instruction from directors. Their job may include making decisions with regard to the mood and pace of sound pieces. Music and music technology is also an important part of the work.

    Game Developers

    produce games for computers, games consoles and increasingly mobile devices. They may work on new games or update existing titles. The development team may be small, but as a games project nears completion, 30-40 people may be involved, each with specialist roles. These roles may include: Game Producer/Project Manager, Designer, Graphic Artist, Audio/Sound Engineer, Software Programmer and Game Testers.

    3D Designers

    work with 3D software to create 3D models or animations. They may work in visualisation (such as medical or architectural) or in games or effects animation. Often 3D designers will work on only one part of the production process say modelling, but smaller companies rely on the 3D designer to be multiskilled and also texture, light and animate the models.

    Instructional Designers

    design and develop teaching materials for textbooks, training CDROM"S and Internet based training. Their job is to organise the material is such a way that learning becomes easier. When they design digital learning they often include self-testing tools and make the most of the flexibility offered by digital technology to target specific learning objectives and audiences. Designers are also employed in what is called e-learning and e-commerce, particularly in relation to web based media.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    The programme is offered in full-time mode for one year. Applicants must have a relevant Level 7 award with 180 ECTS credits and appropriate learning outcomes in graphic design or a related area. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
    What will I study?
    Year/Semester Proposed Modules Mandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits Class hours per week
     4/7  Advanced Image Making1 Mandatory  5  3
     Advanced Web Design 1 – CSS Page Design Mandatory  5  4
     Advanced Design Theory & Professional Practice 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Video Design & Production 1 Elective  10  4
     Audio Design & Production 1 Elective  5  3
     Effects Animation Elective  10  4
     Interactive Design Elective  5  3
     4/8  Advanced Image Making 2 Mandatory  5  3
     Advanced Web Design 2 – Flash & Actionscript Mandatory  5  3
     Advanced Design & Theory & Professional Practice 2 Mandatory  5  3
     Video Design & Production 2 Elective  10  4
     Audio Design & Production 2 Elective  5  3
     Motion Graphics Elective  10  4
     Interactive Narrative Elective  5  3
    Note: Special Regulation: Learners must select either the Audio/Video or Interactive Media/Animation stream
    Learning Outcomes
    The final examination for the Degree consists of a combination of project work, an extended essay or dissertation on an individually selected design topic, and continuous assessment. On successful completion of this programme the graduate will:
    • Demonstrate a broad spectrum of theoretical knowledge pertinent to Design
    • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding in the following specialist areas: typography, print specifications, photography, layout, on-screen publishing.
    • Use a range of technical and interpersonal skills and tools, both creative and technical.
    • Analyse problems and apply appropriate solutions
    • Apply critical evaluation and formulate relevant opinions
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    On successful completion of this programme, students may apply to progress to the Level 8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Digital Media, Design & Production at LYIT
    Graduates from this programme may also apply to pursue further studies to relevant level 8 programmes at other Institutes and Universities in Ireland and abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    Graduates from this programme are multi-skilled and may find employment with media and design companies, small creative enterprises or freelance in a range of fields including, web design, video production, sound design, animation, multimedia production or visualisation
    This course begins in September each year.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Nollaig Crombie, Head of Department of Design & Creative Media, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: Nollaig.Crombie@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6203

  • » Higher Diploma in Arts in 3D Modelling and Animation

    Programme Title  Higher Diploma in Arts in 3D Modelling and Animation
    CAO Code  Add-on programme, not available via CAO
    LYIT internal code  
    Duration  1 year full time
    Standard Code Places:  20
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type Major
    Awarding Body LYIT
    Why choose this Programme?
    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.
    The duration of the programme is one-year and involves learners undertaking taught modules and a work placement.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Design related Honours degree (Level 8), or an equivalent qualification. Non-degree graduates (diploma/certificate) and who have significant work experience in a related design industry may be eligible to apply. LYIT recognises that life and work experience counts, and operates a comprehensive Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPL) scheme.
    What will I study?
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits
     1  Concept Art for 3D Mandatory 5
     3D Modelling and Sculpting Mandatory 20
     Texturing and Rendering Mandatory 5
     2  Rigging and Animation Mandatory 5
     Work Based Learning Mandatory 5
     Final Project (Asset Integration) Mandatory 20
    Learning Outcomes
    Having successfully completed the programme participants should be able to:
    • Apply a comprehensive knowledge of the varied skills, tools and practices relevant to the field of 3D modelling and animation.
    • Evaluate and utilise appropriate research materials and formulate personal responses.
    • Exercise critical judgment in conceptualising, developing and realising finished professional standard work.
    • Evaluate and defend the use of appropriate media in response to a brief.
    • Utilise contemporary 3D modelling and animation industry practices in the creation of a body of work.
    • Construct cogent responses to unfamiliar situations and contexts through research, problem-solving and independent critical thinking.
    • Model best practice in a peer relationship with internal and external practitioners.
    • Develop the flexibility and compencey required to work in a fast moving field of creative activity. 
    Career Opportunities
    The development of new platforms in the entertainment and interaction fields, and the hunger for new experiences from consumers has meant the need for content creation is increasing exponentially month on month. In particular one area of content development has been insatiable, the 3d asset pipeline. This pipeline forms the basis for this 3d Modelling and Animation programme.
    The course will prepare the student for multidisciplinary roles in the 3d content creation pipeline. This may be for games, film, animation advertising to name a few. The employability of quality 3d content creators is growing everyday and as new platforms such as Augmented Reality and VR increase in popularity so too will the content needed to keep it fresh. 
    The programme is in direct response to the future skills strategy and was explicitly identified as a skills area which was suffering graduate supply problems. This skills area has been identified as of high significance in the recent Springboard labout market activation initiative where a proposal from the department has successfully secured funding for 12 places.
    Application Procedure
    Applications may be made directly for this programme by downloading the application form:
    Postgraduate Programmes Application Form
    Alternatively, you may apply through springboard at www.springboardcourses.ie. Some applicants may be called for interview.  
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  • » Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Animation

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Animation
    CAO Code  Add-on programme, not available via CAO
    LYIT internal code  LY_DANIM_B
    Duration  1 year. Advanced entry into Year 4
    Standard Code Places:  20
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    This one-year add-on Level 8 programme is designed to allow you to specialise in your chosen area of animation production. Animation is a vast art form, it is used to entertain, eduacte and instruct. This year is designed to allow you to  gain both industry knowledge and experience while allowing you the time and space needed to hone your craft and produce your own animated film, tv series idea or animation showcase.
    While you are developing your personal animation production, you will undertake a number of industry projects which will run alongside. These projects will include group projects as well as individual live project briefs from Animation companies such as DogEars, Cartoon Saloon and Kavaleer films. The dissertation enables you to research in depth an area of animation that particularly interests you. The Innovation & Creativity module aims to afford you a working knowledge of the business side of animation; the role of the producer in getting ideas and projects off the ground as well as an awareness of the selling/ pitching/ funding platforms in Ireland, UK and Europe. You will also develop an online portfolio and showreel during the programme.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    The programme is offered in full-time mode for one year. Applicants must have a relevant Level 7 award with 180 ECTS credits and appropriate learning outcomes in Animation or a related area. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
    What will I study?
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     4/7  Pre-Production Mandatory  15  7
     Industry Project Mandatory  5  3
     Dissertation Mandatory  10  5
     4/8  Production Mandatory  25  12
     Innovation & Creativity Mandatory  5  3
    Learning Outcomes
    The final examination for the Degree consists of a combination of project work, an extended essay / dissertation or report on an individually selected design topic, and continuous assessment. On successful completion of this programme the graduate will:
    • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the varied skills, tools and practices relevant to the field of animation and apply this knowledge creatively to individual practice.
    • Select, evaluate and utilise appropriate research materials and formulate personal responses.
    • Articulate a critical awareness of the historical, visual, technical and cultural factors that have shaped animation production.
    • Exercise critical judgment in conceptualising, developing and realising finished professional standard work.
    • Manage the planning, scheduling, resourcing and use of appropriate media in response to an animation brief.
    • Construct cogent responses to unfamiliar situations and contexts through research, problem-solving and independent critical thinking.
    • Act effectively under guidance in a peer relationship with internal and external practitioners.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    On successful completion of this programme, students may apply to progress to the MA in Motion Graphics at Lyit or Masters programmes at other Institutes and Universities in Ireland and abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    Graduates from this programme are multi-skilled and may find employment with animation, media and design companies, small creative enterprises or freelance. Talented Animators have excellent career prospects in this exciting growing industry. 
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
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