Course Code: IFX
Duration: 2 Years
When BCFE animation graduate Richie Baneham won an Oscar at the 82nd Academy Awards it was for Best Visual Effects on the film Avatar. Visual Effects (VFX) involves combining live action and digitally created images together to create everything from placing real actors on a digital set through to adding fire into a fireplace scene in a TV commercial. This 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 compositing digital backgrounds and characters into footage to create a final scene. VFX and CGI / 3D 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.
Leaving Certificate / LCVP with a minimum of two H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Typical QQI Level 5 award feeder courses include:
HND in Creative Media Production (Visual Effects and 3D Technology)
This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.
Each candidate will be interviewed on his or her portfolio work. The portfolio interview will last approximately 20 minutes. Candidates may present a variety of portfolio work. The emphasis should be on quality and not quantity. Portfolio work may consist of any or all of the following: Photography, digital artwork, digital images or short video clips which have been either shot, edited or digitally manipulated by the applicant.
It is envisaged that graduates of this programme will move from the course directly into employment and a career in 3D / CGI / VFX either locally or internationally. Graduates may also apply for our BA Honours Degree in Visual Media in BCFE. The BA Honours Degree in Visual Media is certified by the University of Dundee, Scotland.