Certificate in Animation (Full Time)

Take the first step to becoming a professional animator

Pulse College’s Level 6 Certificate 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 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.

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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 preproduction, production, and postproduction in 2D and 3D animation, as well as the theory behind animation to create an in-depth understanding of the work you do.

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
  • Creating 3D assets for games
  • Audio Production
  • Life Drawing for Animation
  • Videogame Tools
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Narrative and Storytelling

Detailed Course Content

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

MODULE 4: 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



Course Start Dates

21st September 2019


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  2% PFL Charge of €173 included.

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 €1,130.75 (Oct – Jan)

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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