Animation Classes for Everyone

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A few years ago there were not that many animation classes. However, growth in the animation field has boomed in recent years. Primarily, this is due to the high quality work released by studios in Ireland. As  a result, these companies have build the future of Irish animation through innovation and determination.

Over the years, creating the illusion of movement has gained momentum in many industries. Basic cartoon shorts evolved into feature films and advertisements, as well as video games and web development. General skills needed for a career in this are are:

  • Drawing, image editing and manipulation
  • Character and background design
  • Special Effects
  • 2-D and 3-D modeling
  • Storytelling

Classes are available for all levels of student. From those for personal enjoyment to Certifications to an Honours Bachelors Degree.

Each course introduces or build upon knowledge from previous courses or life experience. Let’s look at some examples of courses in this subject.


Firstly, dedicated animation classes teach to communicate your ideas through storyboarding, drawing, and character and background design. Practical and creative teaching show the basic principles of drawing and computer skills. These courses prepare you for a third level course in this subject and have the skills to create an effective portfolio submission.

Drawing for Animation, Cartoons & Comics

Interested in creating animated film, designing video games or producing comic art?  Design and pose your own characters and gain an introduction to visual storytelling. Appropriate for all levels of artist

Certificate in 2D & 3D Digital Animation Production

This one-year part-time course teaches software skills needed to create a finished product. You will learn to manipulate images and apply lighting techniques, as well as structure composition and compose color schemes.

Advanced Certificate in Multimedia & Web Development

During this one-year course, you learn to develop interactive websites and therefore, enhance the interactive experience with graphics, sound and animation. Consequently, this course prepares you to pursue a career in many multi-media industries. These include entertainment and game development as well as website design and management. Other options also include digital imagery, advertising and marketing, and graphic design.


BA (Hons) Visual Media in Animation/Game Design

An Honours Bachelor Degree in Visual Media can specialise in either Animation or Game Design. Firstly, in the animation stream you will learn to develop balance between concepts, creativity and technical feasibility. At this level you work at a self-directed pace. You also get to produce a collaborative, animated film as part of this coursework.

In the game design path, you’ll learn balance the roles of game designer and game producer.  At this level you work at a self-directed pace. In addition, you get to produce a collaborative game as part of this coursework.

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