Springboard+ Certificate in Animation

Animation employers seek employees who possess the latest animation techniques and technology skills, led by entrepreneurial capability. Technical skills learned must be blended with softer, business-world skills combined with an excellent portfolio that showcases individual creativity.

Designed in collaboration with industry partners, this Pulse College Springboard+ 1-Year Part-Time Certificate in Animation programme is for learners who wish to develop specific knowledge, skills and competence for the Animation Industry. It is developed and taught by practicing industry professionals to ensure that participants receive the very highest levels of training.

Course Content

A key part of the course involves producing a portfolio of work and developing entrepreneurship skills that will help participants get into the exciting and growing Irish and international animation industry.

Upon successful completion of the Springboard+ Certificate in Animation, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of all aspects the animation pipeline and its central role in animation production, confidently referring to the work of key practitioners, communicating a developed knowledge of animation concepts and vocabulary
  • Confidently create and manipulate 2D and 3D art and using animation principles to create concepts and animatic in the work environment
  • Demonstrate ability in the manipulation of animation production software through regular use of industry standard tools, presenting original art and animations
  • Competently apply the requisite knowledge, concepts and tools of enquiry at the forefront of animation pre-production and production
  • Demonstrate reflective thinking when it comes to producing animations, both with and without the use of animation technology
  • Pursue academic progression from the Certificate to further study in animation production and/or related animation industry areas

Detailed Course Content

This course covers the full range of topics from preproduction, production, and postproduction in 2D and 3D animation, as well as the theory behind animation.

MODULE 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

MODULE 2: Life Drawing

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

MODULE 3: Narrative and Storytelling

  • Creating a consistent narrative
  • Theories and methods of storytelling
  • Constructing and evolving a story

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

MODULE 5: Storyboarding and Layout

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

MODULE 6: 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

Work Placement

Work Placement helps you develop a deeper understanding of the world of work and an awareness of your own technical skills and personal abilities. It is an important part of becoming ‘workplace-ready’ and will equip you with certain ‘soft-skills’ such as team working, communication skills and commercial awareness, all of which are sought after by employers.

As part of this programme, Pulse College has secured commitment from a leading Irish animation company to offer work placement opportunities to attendees. We will offer guidance and support to assist students in gaining placement in this exciting work environment.

Work Placement will allow learners to:

  • Get the opportunity to put programme theory into practice
  • Learn new knowledge and skills; programme related and personal
  • Gain an insight into the Animation working environment
  • Build their CV, highlighting new skills and achievements
  • Enhance employability and career prospects
  • Create a network of potential contacts for the future




The programme is open to the following categories of applicants:

  • Homemakers 
  • The unemployed or formerly self-employed 

For more information on the Springboard+ process and if you are eligible, please check out the FAQ’s here or use the Enquiry Form on this page to speak to one of our Springboard Admissions Staff.

General Course Requirements

Applicants for the Springboard+ Certificate in Animation must meet normal QQI requirements.

Leaving Certificate learners should have obtained a minimum of five D3s in ordinary subjects (including Math and either Irish or English) for entry onto the programme.

It would be beneficial for students to have previously studied art or design communication, however all students will be subject to a suitability interview to assure suitable candidacy on the programme.

Mature learners over the age of 23 can also apply for entry on to the programme.

All applicants will present for interview, and will be expected to demonstrate the following: a proven interest in animation and animation production, computer literacy, an interest in 3D Sculpting and 2D Art, inherent creativity and a willingness to explore new ideas, a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the field of study, scholarly dedication to academic aspects of the programme and self-organisation skills.

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