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

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 or animation industry in one year, with six months of industry placement.



This course provides a unique opportunity for applicants who have a keen interest in obtaining the skills to work in either the visual effects or animation industry in the area of 3D computer generated animation or effects. This is the first QQI level 5 traineeship course in Visual Effects and Animation 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. As well as the QQI awarded modules, the course will also include 3 additional specialist subjects, which will be delivered while on practical placement in industry leading creative media companies.

The course is a 1-year (50 week traineeship). Students will be on practical placement in Industry for 26 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


5N1929 Computer Illustrated Graphics

5N5029 3 Dimensional Computer Graphics

5N1390 Personal Effectiveness

5N1433 Work Practice

5N0784 Design Skills

5N1270 Digital Photography

5N1992 Image Processing

5N1438 Digital Editing

There are 4 additional subjects taught on industry placement

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 would be anticipated that graduates of this programme will move from the course directly into employment and a career in animation / VFX either locally or internationally.

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

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.