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Visual Effects Traineeship – Creative Media for Production (Visual Effects / Animation / Video Production) Level 5

Course Code: VFA

Duration: 1 Year

Traineeship in Creative Media for Production Visual Effects and Animation

A unique opportunity to obtain the skills to work in either the visual effects, animation or video production industry in one year, with six months of industry placement.

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This course provides a unique opportunity for applicants who have a keen interest in obtaining the skills to work in visual effects, animation or video production in the area of 3D computer generated animation or effects. This is the first QQI level 5 traineeship course in of its kind in Ireland. It has been developed in collaboration with leading companies in industry.

Animation production & Post-production companies in Ireland have seen strong growth recently and have worked with BCFE to design this unique course. In addition to the QQI modules students will gain experience in specialist areas such as 3D Fundamentals CGI Generalist, 3D Rigging Fundamentals, CG Cameras & Matchmove for Visual Effects, Compositing-Matte Creation, Rotoscoping & Paint Restoration while on placement in industry in leading creative media companies.

The course is a 1-year (48 week traineeship). Students will be on practical placement in Industry for 24 weeks in various blocks over the duration of the year and the remainder of the course time will be completed at BCFE College.

Course Content

  • Computer Illustrated Graphics
  • 3 Dimensional Computer Graphics
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Work Practice
  • Design Skills
  • Digital Photography
  • Image Processing
  • Digital Editing



Visual Effects Student using Maya Software

Entry Requirements

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


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Creative Media 5M5048



Candidates interested in the course will be invited to a 20-minute interview. At the interview they must bring a portfolio with samples of some of their own of creative work. Example material can include content such as short video clips, photographic images, digital artwork or any other digital work, which has been produced, edited or digitally modified/enhanced by the candidate. Here the desirable candidate should provide evidence of a good work ethic and a strong personal interest in the area. Though not an essential requirement, evidence of an ability to draw would be considered an advantage.

Traineeship in Creative Media for Production (Visual Effects / Animation)



It is anticipated that graduates of this programme will move from the course into employment and a career in Animation, VFX or video post-production either locally or internationally.

Graduates with a merit profile may apply for entry to BTEC Level 6 courses in BCFE.

Graduates may progress to courses in Higher Education Institutions on a competitive basis through the new QQI Common Awards System (CAS). For information on the scheme see Higher Education Links Scheme.


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