O'Brien Press have recently published 'Magical Celtic Tales', illustrated by BCFE graduate Fergal O' Connor and written by Una Leavy. He remarked 'it was certainly a great learning experience. It was also very satisfying to find the book on the shelves of bookshops on the day of publishing, which was October 10th. I'm very much looking forward to applying all that I have learned to another book sometime soon'.
Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE) will officially launch its new Visual Effects (VFX) and 3D Technology Programme on Friday 21/10 with masterclasses by international industry experts including Irish Oscar winner and graduate of the college Richie Baneham. The programme, which started in September with 17 students, will be delivered by college staff as well as industry practitioners from local studios like Brown Bag Films, Egg Post Production, Windmill Lane VFX and others (the full press release is available). In other ISA news, two Irish made animation shows were nominated for Children’s BAFTA Awards yesterday - Peter Rabbit (made by Brown Bag Films) and Go Jetters (made by Giant Animation and Boulder Media). Many BCFE animation graduates worked on both shows.
Internationally renowned character designer Stephen Silver at a workshop he did with animation students at the BCFE on Wednesday 12/10/16.
The first and second year Illustration students recently took part 'Building Dubh Linn' as part of the Dublin History Festival. The event was at Dublin Castle Printworks and was in association with Children's Books Ireland and Dublin City Libraries. The students made templates of Viking boats and hats, and designed sails and shields during Margaret Anne Suggs' classes. These were then assembled with children who visited the event on 24th September.
On Friday, October 7th, students of our HND in Fibre Art had the opportunity to work with contemporary Irish designer Jill de Burca. She has returned to Ireland and shown 6 successful collection under her own label Jill de Burca. She has been showcased in Brown Thomas "Create" for two years running. Jill is a graduate of the Fibre Art course and advanced into Textiles at NCAD. She shared elements of her professional practice and samples of her work and look-books and techniques within applique. Great inspiration for our students for their upcoming show in November "Off the Cuff"- more to follow.
Michael Lynham, a graduate of the HND in Music Management and BAMPM degree has recently won an award for 'Best Masters Thesis' at the Digital Communication Awards 2016 in Berlin. His project was titled 'A Study of the Potential Role of Music Classification Technologies in Video Advertising'. He has recently taken up a new position as Vice President for the Global Relations office at Trinity College, Dublin.
Gregory Dunn, a recent graduate of the Television HND won the Audience Award for 'Best Irish Short Documentary' for his quirky short 'Toasted' at the IFI Annual Documentary Festival on Saturday 25th September. The audience voted after the seven films were screened.
BCFE has a limited number of places available on its Media Courses starting in the coming weeks. Courses are offered from certificate to honours Degree level in Radio, Television, Journalism, TV, Film, Presentation and more. Have a look at the videos for the one-year Diploma in Media and Broadcasting and two-year Higher National Diploma in Radio and Media to see what our students have to say about our courses and then click the link to find out more and to apply. We look forward to meeting you!
An exhibition of work by students of the of the Higher National Diploma in Classical and Computer Animation course at Ballyfermot College of Further Education.
In autumn 2015 second year students studying animation at Ballyfermot College of Further Education spent several days on location at the Pearse Museum to research backgrounds and characters for a proposed animated film based on the 1916 Rising. The students' own historical research greatly influenced the style and content of their work. They have used both traditional and digital techniques to recreate historic spaces associated with the Rising and render them as they might have appeared in 1916. They have also tried to capture the very special atmosphere of places like the Pearse Museum which formed the backdrop to the momentous events of one hundred years ago.
A warm welcome to all our first years starting this September. See this link for dates, times and fees for your course: 1st Year Registration Dates and Fees 2016. No cash will be accepted. If you cannot attend your registration day please send somebody in your place.
Brenda Romero at Dublin’s Comic Con, one of the first women to break into the gaming industry in the 1980s, says this about BCFE:
“Ballyfermot is such a great school. I mean you guys are fighting underdogs. I absolutely love that place and you guys have brilliant teachers there too,”
Get together with old friends and meet some new ones at our annual Animation and Games Showcase at the IFI at 6:30 for 7pm screening on May 24th: see our poster for more details on this event. Here is the press release for the event.
HND in Illustration, Graphic Design and Fibre Art: will have their end-of-year show 18-20 and 21-22 may at the cowshed, Farmleigh. The poster for the event was created and designed by second year HND Graphic Design student- Carol McGovern. Featured above is work by one of our students, Carolina Cantor. There is a also a press release for the event.
Congratulations to Skye S. Alanazi, second year HND Film student at BCFE. Skye won the Best Third Level Short Film category at the First Cut Youth Film Festival held in Youghal, Co. Cork with a short film called Malum: more information on our HND in Film.