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Tuesday 30 May 2017

Certificate in 2D/3D Digital Animation Production

Course Details

Special Note:


Course Fees: €2,470.00
NFQ Level: 7
ECTS Credits: 40
Course Code: DK_MCDAP_7

Course Presentation

This one-year part-time course aims to provide students with a strong grounding and transferable skills in Digital Animation Production processes, a solid understanding of the Production Pipeline and techniques for both 2D and 3D. This course will provide participants with the required knowledge, skills and competency to assist them in gaining employment in the Digital Animation Production industry.

These skills include 3D modelling, texturing, lighting, character rigging, animation, visual effects, rendering and compositing. Students will gain vital software skills in programs such as Adobe Photoshop for asset creation in 2D and texture mapping for 3D, After effects for building 2D animation tools along with compositing and Maya for 3D and Premiere Pro for video editing. Participants will also be equipped with skills in team work and project management.

The course is structured as follows:

Year 1 - Semester 1

  • 2D Design Tools
  • 3D Modelling Techniques
  • 3D Animation


Year 1 - Semester 2

  • 3D Character Design
  • 3D Environmental Design
  • Compositing and Visual Effects for Creative Media
  • Work Placement

Awarding Body

Dundalk Institute of Technology - Level 7 Special Purpose Award (40 credits)

Who Should Apply?

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

How To Apply

Applicants should complete a Lifelong Learning Application Form and submit together with an up-to-date CV and scans of academic qualifications to:

Certificate in 2D/3D Digital Animation Production part-time course
Lifelong Learning Centre,
Dundalk Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth.

Alternatively you can email a scan of the application form, cv and academic qualifications to parttime@dkit.ie

Application forms are available at: www.learn.ie/application

Course Duration

The course takes place over one academic year. Learners will be expected to attend DkIT two evenings per week with the possibility of Saturday mornings periodically during the course.

Starting Date


Entry Requirements

Six passes in the Leaving Certificate, including Mathematics and either Irish or English and either one Higher Level Grade C3, or a minimum of 200 points.


A level of qualification equivalent to the above considered under the Recognition of Prior Learning.


Recognition of Prior Learning
Applicants wishing to recognise prior learning are considered under the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy taking into consideration discipline specific criteria, appropriate to this programme. RPL is a process that allows students to gain admission to a programme of study or to gain exemptions/credit from some parts of a programme, based on demonstrated learning achieved prior to admission. Learning can be gained formally from previously certified coursework. It can be gained informally or non-formally through the workplace, through
involvement with community groups or through voluntary activities.

Please note that prospective students may be interviewed for this course.

Fees Information

Course fee is €2,470 per year. The fee is payable in 2 instalments as follows:

  • Instalment 1 of €1,235 is payable on acceptance of offer of a course place.
  • Instalment 2 of €1,235 is payable before or on before start of Semester 2 (Jan 2018).

Further Information

Mr. Michael Connolly (Course Convenor)
Department of Visual and Human-Centred Computing, DkIT

email: michael.connolly@dkit.ie
tel: 042 9370200

Lifelong Learning Centre,
Dundalk Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Call: 042-9370290
Fax: 042-9370291
Email: parttime@dkit.ie