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.
Photos of last Monday night's Animation4Success screening. The project is run by Ballyfermot College in conjunction with the Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Partnership. The theme this year was the Easter Rising and they chose to focus on characters of The Rising - the students produced 4 short films. Pictured from left to right are: Abbey-Faye Dutton, Aimee Richie-Bates, Julie Anne Byrne, Chelsea Keogh Meates
It's that time of year again: The Ceoltóir end-of-year gigs to be held on Friday 5th of May, and are sure to be a good night out. For more detail, please see the poster.
Dave Hendrick and Luca Pizzari, the writer and artist of 'Granuaile: Queen of Storms', the graphic novel, recently came to talk to BCFE Illustration, Graphic Design & Animation Students.
These courses are starting in September 2016.
Last week it was revealed that BCFE Presentation and Performance graduate Cassie Stokes would become Karen Koster’s maternity replacement as anchor on TV3’s flagship entertainment show Xposé. She joins fellow BCFE graduate Glenda Gilson along with Lisa Cannon, Peter O’Riordan and Aisling O’Loughlin from Monday 18th April.
There will be a screening of four short films done during the after-school Animation4Success programme in the Anna Brett Hall at B.C.F.E. These films are by local 5th class pupils from St. Louise's School. The screening is on Monday night 25th April at 6.30pm. The films are about characters of The Easter Rising. More details to follow.
You mightn’t think Titanic, Forest Gump and Star Wars have much in common. But think about it. Fantastical imaginings are vividly brought to life in each film with spectacular visual effects, otherwise known as VFX. A few years ago Irishman Richie Baneham won an Oscar for VFX for his work on Avatar. His alma mater Ballyfermot College of Further Education has just announced that from September they’ll be providing the first dedicated VFX & 3D Technology course in Ireland. VFX involves combining live action and digitally created images together to create everything from placing real actors on a surreal set through to adding fire into a fireplace scene in a TV commercial. This innovative course will use industry standard software and hardware to take students through everything from learning how to light and shoot the live action elements to creating and combining digital backgrounds and characters into footage to create a final scene. VFX and 3D Animation are growing sectors in Ireland. On successful completion of the course graduates may seek employment and a career in 3D / CGI / VFX either locally or internationally. Currently there is no dedicated VFX course in existence in the FET sector. The closest offerings are courses in Animation or 3D graphics. Neither area fully addresses the specific needs of the VFX sector. The staff at BCFE put together this programme in consultation with key individuals in the sector in response to the growth of the 3D / CGI / VFX industry locally. The following companies currently work in the 3D / CGI / VFX sectors in Ireland: Brown Bag Films; Giant Animation; Windmill Lane VFX; Egg Post Production; Screen Scene VFX; Piranha bar VFX; Outer Limits Post and GLUE VFX. There is significant evidence that the sector is growing and will continue to grow locally. In the National Budget (2014) the Irish government announced an improvement to and an extension of the Section 481 tax incentive in order to encourage more audio visual production in Ireland. Commenting on the course, the coordinator of the new programme Gareth Lee, said
“This is an exciting new programme for all those interested in VFX & 3D Technology. The college aims to work closely with industry to ensure that graduates complete the programme with the skills they need for a career within the sector.”
Pop along to Ballyfermot Library this week to an exhibition showcasing the work of the students from BCFE. The students from the one year film course at BCFE are showing their short films and black and white photography. Students from this course have previously been nominated and won Royal Television Society Awards in both the drama and comedy/entertainment categories. The exhibition opens today Wednesday April 13th at 6pm in Ballyfermot Library and will be there for the best part of a week.
Congratulations to BCFE graduate Daniel Spencer for winning an IFTA for his animation Geist. This film has already won Best Irish Short at the recent Dublin International Film Festival and at the Galway Film Fleadh. Launched in 2012, Giant Animation studios is destined for great things - watch this space! Congratulations to fellow BCFE graduate Tom Caulfield for another IFTA nomination for his original short film Unhinged. Tom has previously worked with DreamWorks and Warner Brothers and now works as a director at Disney. Also one to watch
by First Year Students of the Higher National Diploma in Computer and Classical Animation
APRIL & MAY 2016
With Francesca Saunder in absentia, Lynn O'Reilly and Elif Boyacioglu, accept the award for the Student Animation Category at the RTS Awards. 'The judges felt it was a well crafted animation with great attention to detail. They said it was a well-paced, creative, and magical production.' Congratulations to the students, and many thanks to the organisers and sponsors of the RTS. The complete list of winners can be found here.
Also (second image below), The Teacup won Best Music/Sound Design at the Dingle Film Festival, while 'Bug and Mr. Hill' won in 3 categories: Best Irish Short, Best Character Animation, and Best 2D Award. Congratulations to the winning teams, and many thanks to the sponsors, organisers, and volunteers at Animation Dingle for their support. A full list of films can be found here
Congratulations to Sean Cunningham for winning a SMEDIA last night at the National Student Media Awards with his delightful short animation Bugg and Mr Hill.
This win follows his winning not one but three awards at the recent Dingle Film Festival. BCFE dominated the Best Short Animation category as our very own David Delaney and Hannah Cleary were also shortlisted. Other SMEDIA nominees included BCFE's Richard Barragry for Short Film of the Year and John Murphy for TV Production of the Year.
The journalism students made the college very proud for securing nominations in three categories: Ruairi O’Hehir for Editor of the Year, Kevin Gillespie for Newspaper Layout and Design and the BCFE Bulletin for Best Small College Publication.
We’d like to congratulate them one and all for securing nominations and receiving the industry recognition for the hard work they put into their respective creative media projects and wishing them all the best in their future careers.
Ballyfermot College of Further Education presents a series of short films made especially for the Centenary of the Easter Rising.
28TH MARCH | EASTER MONDAY, 11:00 - 11:30 , LIGHT HOUSE CINEMA
Welcome back to the 14 Business and Journalism students who have just spent the last two weeks in Helsinki, Finland. Twelve Business students spent their work experience placement in a variety of businesses, ranging from award-winning app company Yousician to forward-thinking cleaning company Moppi. Both Journalism students spent their time honing their skills in online newspaper Good News from Finland. The students' work placements are part of an Erasmus+ scheme which promotes learning throughout Europe. Students on the HNDs for Business and Journalism can apply for the placements in the second year of their course.
ADT (Arts Design Three Dimensional studies one year portfolio course)
Gavin Flanagan made this plane from parts of an old drill.
The Music Management gigs are currently happening at selected venues around town. A full list will follow shortly. Below are photos of The Vagabonds (above) and Wairwe (below) from the Grand Social on 2nd March 2016. Photos by Terry Warren.
Richard Barragry's Exterium has been selected to be screened at the 2016 Silk Road Film Festival on Thursday, 10th March. The press release can be read here. Additional information can be found on their website.
See this site for a review of Irish Oscar successes in the last few years. BCFE Animation graduates Richard Baneham, as well as those who have gone on the work at Brown Bag and Cartoon Salon, are mentioned in the piece.
Community National Schools (CNS) are a new model of primary education that reflect and celebrate the diverse nature of society in Ireland in the 21st Century. They are under the patronage of the local Education and Training Board (ETB) and receive the support of ETBs’ wide ranging and long established experience in Education. The poster can be accessed here.
A Community National School is one where
• The school is a centre of the local Community
• Children are encouraged and supported in living their lives in full
• There is excellence of teaching and learning
• Everybody is valued and treated with respect
• Respect for plurality of faiths and non-faiths is seen as integral to the daily life of the school
Expressions of Interest Location and Venue:
Cabra/ Phibsborough Dublin 7
Drumcondra/ Marino Dublin 1
Click here to complete an on-line expression of interest form
Please note closing date for receipt of forms is Thursday, March 17th
For further information contact CDETB 01-6680614 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr Peter McVerry is shown below giving a talk on Thursday 25th of February on important issues in Irish society for young people.
The Alternative Acoustic Rock Band Wairwe, who include among their members a current student of the Rock School, recently entertained the students in the social area at B
The summer examination schedule is now available online.
Applications are now open again, with interviews scheduled for March 16th. Please see the links to the right of this page to apply for your selected course. More details on closing dates for applications are available here.
Second year Fibre students attended Showcase,Ireland, a creative expo featuring the best of Irish craft, gifts and interiors, at the RDS. They attended seminars and spoke with Irish designers and enterprise boards from all over the country. It was a highly informative event for students considering self employment and professional development for their future. Image 1 below is 'Accessories' developed by Kama Bella, past graduate, who displayed her work at Artsource, RDS, two years ago. The work of current second year student, Rachel Grainger, is shown in images2-4: image 1; image 2; image 3; image 4.
BCFE's Irish School of Animation is proud to announce that alumni Elif Boyacioglu's The Teacup (2015, below) and Julie Rush's Wounded (2014, second below) were selected to be included in the Irish program curated by the Director of the Dingle Film Festival, Maurice Galway, for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Thanks to all who turned out for our successful Open Day last week. We hope aspiring students, guidance counsellors and parents have a clearer idea of how we work, after meeting staff and attending discussions. Below is the scene for the Fibre Art course on the day, where first years students introduced visitors to aspects of the HND in Fibre Art.
We welcome all prospective students, parents and career advisors to the 2016 Open Day which takes place on Wednesday, 27th January 2016 from 1pm - 4pm. The full programme of courses, locations, and events is available here.
Enrolment times are evenings 11th and 13th January 2016, from 7-8.15pm Nightclasses due to commence in January now deferred start to week commencing 1st February 2016.
|Applications Open (Round 1)||Wednesday, 9th December 2015|
|Open Evening||Wednesday, 27th January 2016|
|Applications Closing Date (Round 1)||Monday, 1st February 2016|
|Interviews (Round 1)||From Wednesday 3rd February - Friday 5th February 2016|
|Applications Reopen (Round 2)||Friday, 12th February 2016|
|Interviews (Round 2)||Early May 2016|