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

Course Code VFA

NFQ Level 5

Duration 1 Year

QQI Code 5M18518

Award QQI Level 5 Certificate in Media Production

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

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If you have a keen interest in the area of 3D computer generated animation or effects, then this course provides you with a unique opportunity to obtain the skills to work in visual effects, animation or video production.

This is the first QQI level 5 traineeship course in of its kind in Ireland. It has been developed by BCFE in collaboration with leading animation production and post-production companies in Ireland who have seen strong growth recently.

In addition to the QQI modules you will gain experience in specialist areas such as 3D fundamentals CGI generalist, 3D rigging fundamentals, CG cameras and Matchmove for visual effects, compositing-matte creation, rotoscoping and paint restoration while on placement in industry in leading creative media companies.

The course is a 1-year (48-week traineeship). You will be on practical placement in industry for 12 weeks, in various blocks, over the duration of the year, and the remainder of the course time will be completed at BCFE.

Course Content

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

Entry Requirements

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

Portfolio Guidelines

  • Applicants 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.
  • The portfolio 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.
  • Applicants 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.


Career Opportunities

  • 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.

Students' Work

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