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Animation – Animation Drawing & Illustration Studies Level 5

Course Code CDS

NFQ Level 5

Duration 1 Year

QQI Code 5M1985

Award QQI Level 5 Certificate in Art

Animation Drawing Studies is a foundation course in animation, covering animation drawing skills, animation layout design, painting, & figure studies

Animation Drawing Studies is a 1 year foundation course covering animation drawing, animation layout design, painting, sculpture & figure studies

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Overview

Animation and Drawing Studies is a comprehensive foundation programme. It has a particular emphasis on the development of strong drawing skills whilst offering you a broad introduction to animation.

You will learn the fundamentals of Animation Layout and Animation Drawing, Figure Studies, Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, which will enhance your creativity and artistic skills.

The course provides you with a great introduction to the world of animation and gives you a strong foundation, both technically and artistically, for further study in classical and computer animation.

Course Content

  • Drawing
  • Animation Drawing Studies
  • Animation Layout Design
  • Figure Studies Content
  • Painting
  • Multimedia Authoring
  • Sculpture
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Entry Requirements

  • Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied or a relevant QQI level 4 Certificate and successful completion of Interview. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

Portfolio Guidelines

Students applying for Animation Courses should bring to the interview a portfolio of original artwork completed within the past year demonstrating drawing skills and interests. This portfolio should contain:

  • Four A3 size drawings from life or the human figure displaying emotion (anger, happiness, love, sadness etc.). It is suggested that you ask a friend or family member to pose for these drawings and that you spend no more than 2 hours on this exercise. Quick sketches are better than finished pieces.
  • Approximately twelve pieces of artwork (sketches and more finished work) including observational drawings (life drawing/still life), perspective drawing, some colour work and work of personal interest.
  • A sketchbook of quick, 5 to 10 minutes, drawings from life (people, animals, still life, buildings’ interior or exterior).
  • The drawings of established cartoon characters and work copied from books should not be included.

Progression

  • Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to the Higher National Diploma in Classical and Computer Animation (CCH) in BCFE.
  • Graduates of this course may also apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to higher and advanced certificate and degree programmes at national Institutes of Technology, Technological Universities and Universities (applicants should confirm linked awards and eligibility requirements with the relevant Higher Education Institution).

Students' Work

Animation Drawing Studies is a foundation course in animation, covering animation drawing skills, animation layout design, painting, & figure studies
Animation Drawing Studies is a foundation course in animation, covering animation drawing skills, animation layout design, painting, & figure studies

Testimonials

I completed both the Animation Drawing Studies (CDS) course and the HND in Illustration (AIH) and I am so grateful for everything I learned while at BCFE. I was given direction and feedback by tutors but was also given the freedom to explore my own style and ideas. This means everyone has graduated with a completely unique and original portfolio. I loved the supportive and honest environment in the college and I knew I could ask my peers for advice and critiques when I needed. I also gained the opportunity to go on the Erasmus+ programme in February 2020 when I worked as an illustrator for the Esplora Science Museum in Malta. My work improved so much during my three years at BCFE and so has my confidence in pursuing my dream career.
Caoimhe Hennessy
Animation Drawing Studies (CDS, 2017-2018); HND in Illustration (AIH, 2018- 2020)

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