Animation & Game Design - Galway Campus

ATU - Galway Campuses


Course Name Animation & Game Design - Galway Campus
Course Provider ATU - Galway Campuses
Alternative Provider(s) ATU - Atlantic Technological University
Course Code AU617
Course Type Higher Education CAO
Award NameNFQ ClassificationAwarding BodyNFQ Level
Degree - Honours Bachelor (Level 8 NFQ)  More info... Major Atlantic Technological University Level 8 NFQ
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Attendance Options Full time, Daytime
Location (Districts) Galway City
Qualification Letters BA (Hons)
Duration 3 years full-time.
Specific Subjects or Course Requirements Honours Degree (Level 8)

6 leaving Certificate subjects

A minimum of two subjects at grade H5 or better

Remaining subjects at grade O6/H7 or better

Subjects must include either English or Irish.

Mathematics is a required subject.
Leaving Certificate General Entry Requirements

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Students who achieve grade H6 or better in the Higher (Honours) maths exam will receive 25 additional points. Bonus points will also apply to Honours maths results from previous years. For maths results from 2016 and e...

QQI FET Applicants General Information

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QQI Leibhéal 5/6 (FETAC)
Applicants must present a full major award at Level 5 or higher. A record achievement, a minor award or a component award will not meet the minimum entry requirement. You must have at least 120 QQI...

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Mature Applicants

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Mic Léinn Lánfhásta

If you are applying for first-year and will be 23 years of age (or older) by 1st January in the proposed year of entry you are defined as a “Mature Applicant”.

Do mature applicants have any advantag...

Alternative Entry

Expand+UK and Northern Ireland Applicants
Iarrthóirí ón Ríocht Aontaithe agus Ó Thuaisceart Éirinn

An award at Level 3 on the UK framework is the minimum entry standard for year one.

Standard UK/NI applicants
Standard applicants are those pres...

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Number of Places 40
Course Fee

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Rules on fees and grants are subject to change. Please check the websites of the HEA and SUSI for the most up-to-date information on the criteria for determining liability for fees and/or eligibility for grants. See

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Financial Support If you feel you may need financial assistance in university, apply for financial support as early as possible. The sooner you apply the sooner you will know if you are eligible for a grant. Applications usually open in March of each year.

You can check your eligibility on and
CAO Application Dates and Fees

Expand+Entry 2023

Early online application (discounted): Fee €30 Closing Date: 20 January 2023 at 5pm

Normal online application: Fee €45 Closing Date: 1 February 2023 at 5pm

Late online application - restrictions apply (see page 3 2023 CAO Hand...

Course Content

Expand+Programme Description
This programme is aimed at those who wish to secure employment in the Animation and/or Game industry, and those who wish to design and produce their own animated films or video games.

From the outset, the Animation and Game...

Subjects Taught

Expand+What will I study?

Year 1
• Academic and Professional Skills
• Editing
• Digital Tools for Games and Animation
• Animation Studio & Theory
• Drawing
• Game Design Studio and Theory
• 3D Modelling
• Screen Writing

Comment Did You Know?
Ireland’s animation industry is a steadily expanding one and a national success story, whilst digital gaming is a sector that has seen exponential global growth in the past decade.

Quick Fact
Animation is currently worth over €100m annually to the Irish economy, having doubled its growth since 2014 and with 85% of the output for overseas companies. In the video games segment, the number of users in Ireland is expected to amount to 3.1m by 2025.
Careers or Further Progression Career Opportunities
Graduates could be employed in various roles such as a game designer, level designer, narrative designer, environment artist, character artist, technical artist, background artist, layout artist, storyboard artist, 3D modeller, 3D/2D animator, character designer, production and direction.

Further Study
Options ATU Level 8 qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry.
Further Enquiries Manus Burke,
Programme Chair,
Course Web Page Web Page - Click Here
Points History
Year Points
2022 330