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Certificate in Animation (Part Time)

 
Take the first step to becoming a professional animator

Pulse College’s Level 6 Certificate in Animation is developed and taught by practicing industry professionals to ensure that you receive the very highest levels of training. A key part of the course involves producing a portfolio of work that will help you get into the exciting and growing Irish and international animation industry.

Studying at Pulse College will introduce you to valuable professional workflows and teach you everything from the basics of animation through to full 3D modelling. With the significant benefit of hands-on experience, you will be taught beyond the standard levels required by academic institutions. This practical experience is an essential element of our unique programme.

 

 

Course Content

This course covers the full range of topics from pre-production, production, and post-production in 2D and 3D animation, as well as the theory behind animation to create an in-depth understanding of the work you do. A key aspect of this course is to produce a polished and exciting portfolio over the course of the 2 years to give you the best opportunity to break into the dynamic, and creative animation industry.

During the course, you will learn about:

  • The history and theory of animation
  • Sequential art design and production
  • Life drawing
  • Storyboarding and layout
  • Character modelling
  • Unwrapping and texturing 3D objects
  • 3D rigging and animation
  • 2D asset creation and animation

Detailed Course Content

YEAR 1

Animation Studio 1

  • Explore the history and development of animation
  • Introduction to the 12 principles of animation
  • Create simple biped 3D characters for animation
  • Texture, rig, and animate 3D characters

Life Drawing

  • Line and contour drawing techniques
  • Tonal value in creating the human form
  • Gesture drawing
  • Skeletal and muscular structure

Storyboarding and Layout

  • Defining a storyboard
  • Explore the different types of storyboards, techniques, and methodologies
  • Designing storyboards for animation

 

YEAR 2

Animation Studio 2

  • Rigging 3D characters for use in animation
  • Topology and weight painting
  • Keyframe animation and the graph editor
  • Create biped and quadruped 2D characters for animation
  • Use animation principles to augment 2D animation

Sequential Art Design and Production

  • Create a visual narrative in your own style
  • Examine colour theory
  • Identify target market and publishing channels

Texturing and Unwrapping

  • Unwrapping different types of 3D models
  • Creating multiple texture maps
  • Explore a variety of map types and their purposes
  • Texturing characters and scenes

Tutors

 


Admissions

Interview Applications Now Open for September 2017!
This course is a direct application course and includes an interview. Applications are currently taken through the Application Form below. Upon receiving your application form our Admissions Team will contact you to schedule your course interview.

There is no portfolio requirement to enrol on this course.

Please see specific information on the course requirements below:
 

 

 

 

General Course Requirements

  • A proven interest in Art and/or Animation techniques and to display some interest in related creative media arts
  • Basic knowledge of computers (Mac/PC, and audio software): helpful but not essential

Note: Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant work or life experience will also be considered.

Interview Process

This course requires an interview as part of your applications. Please see the FAQ’s below for commonly asked questions regarding the interview process.


Fees

Total Course Fee Per Year

€3,570 per year (2 years duration)
 
Flexible Payment Option
Deposit: €800 (payable upon acceptance onto the course, following interview)
Enrolment fee: €800 (payable in September)
Instalments: 4 payments of €492.50 (Nov – Apr)

 
2% PFL Charge is included in all of total course fees above. This charge is incurred to finance arrangements required under Part 6 of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act, 2012 to ensure protection of enrolled learners.

*Please note that a Registration Fee of €250 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted above


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