• » 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/
    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