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Animation – Visual Media BA Hons (Animation) Degree Level 8

Course Code CDA1A

NFQ Level 8

Duration 2 Years

Award BA Honours Degree in Visual Media – Animation (University of Dundee)

In this 2-year top-up degree, animation students showcase their artistic and technical skills by producing animated film showreels.

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The BA Visual Media (Animation Stream) is an honours degree awarded by the University of Dundee, Scotland.

As a two-year top up course, it is designed to build on the HND in Classical and Computer Animation (CCH). Students are challenged to develop and integrate their creative, technical, and academic skills in a structured way, producing both individual and group films.

The course aims to develop in the student a balance between the conceptualist, the artist, the storyteller and the technician. At honours level the learning is largely

Students produce collaborative animated films, which are screened annually at the Animation and Games Graduate Showcase.

Course Content

Year 1

  • Design and Technology
  • Life Drawing
  • Visual Media Theory
  • Professional Practice

Year 2

  • Applied Visual Media Theory
  • Visual Media Production

Entry Requirements

  • HND in Animation (or equivalent qualification)
  • Students for whom English is their second language, are expected to have an IELTS score of 6.0, or equivalent.

Portfolio Guidelines

Students applying for the BA Visual Media (Animation Stream) should bring to the interview an original portfolio (flat or digital), of artwork completed within the past year demonstrating ability in both figurative and abstract approaches.

  • Life drawing sketchbooks with 10 samples of life drawing.
  • Samples of Layout and Design, Developmental work, Scripts, Treatments and Storyboards.
  • Animation tests with conceptual development and thumbnail work to support context.
  • Personal observation sketchbooks and journals exhibiting artistic/cultural interests.

Career Opportunities

  • Many of our graduates have progressed directly to employment in Irish animation studios.

Students' Work

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