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2D & 3D Digital Animation Production

Lifelong Learning

This course aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design and develop digital assets for both 2D and 3D digital animation production.

Award Name Certificate
NFQ Classification
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
NFQ Level
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Certificate Dundalk Institute of Technology
Attendance Options:
Part time, Evening, Blended
Apply to:
Course provider
Number of credits:
40 credits @ Level 7


1 Year.

Course Delivery
The course will be delivered over 1 year (2 semesters) in part-time blended mode (80% online, 20% face-to-face) and will be ideally suited to those who cannot commit to full-time study.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements are as follows:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate
Including At least one H5 Grade OR Minimum Points Score of 200
And Mathematics Grade F2, O6 or H7
And English Grade O6 or H7
Or Irish Grade O6 or H7
Or Equivalent

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements but who have significant relevant experience in the technology or media sectors can apply under the Institute's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy that allows for the recognition of both formal and informal learning, non-accredited personal and professional education, and work-based learning.

Careers / Further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates of the course will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies in the area of universal design and will be equipped to follow career paths such as:

- Animator: Creating high standard animation for broadcast, showcasing a variety of animation performance while applying the principles of animation.

- 3D Modeller: Modelling artefacts with correct topology and edge flow. Optimized for UV unwrapping and rigging.

- Rigging Technical Director (Tools / Pipeline): Involved in the developing of rigging related tools, integrating tools into a robust pipeline, involved in ‘in-studio’ tool development.

- Texture (Look Dev) Artist: Creating shaders and texture maps for characters, environments and props. Exhibiting the ability for Photo Real and stylised texture maps as required.

- Rigger: Design, create, test and maintain character set ups. Provide technical feedback to modelling department.

- VFX Designer and Animator: Designing solutions for the visual effects in Animation and Film.

- 2D Animator: Creating motion graphics using 2D and 3D techniques.

- Level Designer: Import 3D assets to design levels for virtual reality or augmented reality interactive environments.

- Project Manager: Manage all aspects of 3D Computer Animation along the animation pipeline.

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Further information

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Please note that early registration is advisable as the number of places on many courses are limited. Applications will be dealt with in order of receipt of completed application and appropriate fee. Applicants must notify the Lifelong Learning Centre in writing in the event of your withdrawal from any course for any reason.

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Tax Relief / Other Funders
Tax relief at the standard rate of tax (20%) is available for certain tuition fees on courses which lead to third-level awards.

For further information visit to receive a copy of form IT31. This applies only to students who are funding their studies from their own income. Always retain your receipt of payment from DkIT for tax purposes.

In certain circumstances students may receive financial aid in paying their fees from County Enterprise Boards, Leader Partnerships, Department of Social Protection and other organisations.

The ever-expanding animation industry in Ireland requires graduates with the necessary technical knowledge and transferable skills to work within the Digital Animation Production sector in Ireland and beyond.

Who Should Apply?
This course will be of interest to anyone wishing to upskill in the area of Digital Animation Production.

Semester 1
2D Design Tools
3D Modelling Techniques
3D Animation

Semester 2
3D Character Design
3D Environmental Design
Compositing and Visual Effects
External Industry Project

Dr Martin Mc Hugh (Head of Department of Visual and Human-Centred Computing)
Phone: +353 42 9370281

Fiona Maguire (Administrator, Department of Visual and Human Centred Computing)
Phone: +353 (0) 42 93 70280

Attendance Options:
Part time, Evening, Blended
Apply to:
Course provider
Number of credits:
40 credits @ Level 7