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BA Degree in Animation

Take the first step to becoming a professional animator! Pulse College is very excited to partner with Griffith College, Ireland’s largest independent third level institution, to deliver this unique and industry-focused BA Degree in Animation.

Pulse College’s BA Degree in Animation is developed and taught by practising 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, 2D animation techniques, 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.

Class times are 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday with study spaces and extra tutoring available to provide to practice your skills.

Enrolling Now for September 2021

Pulse College Anthology 2020

Originally intended for print release at Dublin Comic Con March 2020- now rescheduled to August 2020, the Pulse College Anthology is the first College Produced Comic Book, written, drawn and edited 100% by students. The challenge was to produce the comic in under a month. Contributors come from the BA and Certificate classes in Animation. Students were unlimited in their choice of genre. Click here to view the pdf.

Course Content

This course covers the full range of topics from drawing skills to 3D modelling, 3D lighting, character texturing, character animating, environmental modelling, animation rendering, and 2D animation, Comic Books and Sequential Art, Animation for Video Games.

A key aspect of this course is to produce a portfolio over the duration of the course that will help you to break into the dynamic and creative animation industry.

During the course, you will learn about:

  • Animating in 2D
  • Designing a character for 3D Modelling
  • How to create a 3D character model
  • How to add colour to your character
  • Making your character move
  • Developing storyboards for animation
  • Creating an environment to house your character
  • Camera and lighting effects to make your animation pop
  • Life Drawing
  • Comic Books and Sequential Art
  • Animation for Video Games

Whether you want to be an animator, character designer for games, concept artist, or VFX animator, Pulse College can set you on the right track to achieving your goal.

Detailed Course Content

Year 1:

  • 2D Digital Imaging 1
  • Animation Principles & History
  • Life Drawing
  • Storyboarding and Layout
  • 3D Modelling 1 (Characters and environments)
  • 3D Rigging & Animation
  • Texturing & Unwrapping
  • Visual Culture & Theory 1

Year 2:

  • 2D Digital Imaging 2
  • Narrative & Storytelling
  • Life Drawing for Animation
  • 3D Modelling 2 (Characters & Video Games)
  • 3D Advanced Rigging & Animation
  • Special Effects, Compositing & Motion Graphics
  • Sequential Art Design and Production (Comic Art and Production)
  • Visual Culture & Theory 2

Year 3

  • Final Project
  • 3D Sculpting & Modelling
  • Videogames Tools & Environments
  • Audio Production
  • Entrepreneurship (Marketing for business)



Further Progression

In line with national policy, graduates from the level 7 programme would be eligible to progress to postgraduate programmes at level 8.

Graduates may wish to further extend their industry-based professional qualifications as new technologies and developments emerge.

Course Start Dates

September 2021


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.



Study Mode: Full-Time
Location: Dublin
Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 8,823*

*The fees above relate to Year 1 fees only. 2% PFL Charge of €173 included in Total Fee Per Year

Flexible Payment Option
Deposit: €800 (payable upon acceptance onto the course, following interview)
Enrolment Fee: €3,500 (payable by September)
Instalments: 4 monthly payments of €1130.75 (Oct – Jan)

Year 2 Course Fees: €8415

Year 3 Course Fees: €8415


International / EU (living outside of Ireland)

Course fees are paid directly to the International Office of our partner college: Griffith College.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Location: Dublin

Non-EU Living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to Griffith’s Non-EU Tuition Fees section.

EU Living Abroad: EUR 9,639*


*The fees above relate to Year 1 fees only. 2% PFL Charge of €189 included in Total Fee Per Year. Please note that a Registration Fee of €250 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted above for International & EU (living outside of Ireland Students).

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