B.A.(Hons) Animation(top-up)

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Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education is offering a one year top-up degree programme in Animation (BA Hons) in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton (UK).  Accredited by the University of Wolverhampton, the course has been developed by the coordinator and tutors to be relevant to our students, the growing national animation industry, and its impact at home and abroad.  The course is taught by industry professionals with further visiting industry guest lectures and workshops during the year.

Structure of the course

12 hours of lectures minimum per week, delivered over three evenings. Access and facilities outside of those hours are provided to students to carry out project work in a dedicated studio.

The programme is delivered in the evening as part of the night school. The year is short, consisting of two 12 week semesters. The course is intense and self -directed; full commitment and attendance from participants is crucial to achieve the standard.

This programme is offered as part of our evening and day-time self-financing education provision. Learners undertaking the programme will not qualify for a grant but they will qualify for other social welfare allowances.  The cost of the programme will be €3,500 Euro, to be paid in 3 instalments.

Course content

The main focus of the BA year is a Major Project. Three of the five modules feed into what is essentially a practical Thesis project. It is self-directed work, chosen by the student according to his/her interests and strengths. It is planned, researched, developed and produced with the guidance of tutors who are industry professionals. The students are encouraged to specialise in an animation related discipline of their choice. The college has facilities and software to support these major projects. Other modules include Employability in the Creative Industries, and Professional Animation project: this is a project with an outside client.


The course is delivered by a team of four tutors including Ed Smith of Boulder Media and Richard Glynn of Studio POWWOW.


BA (Honours) from the University of Wolverhampton


1 Year

Entry Requirements*

Applicants will be expected to have a relevant BTEC HND with a minimum of 10 merits or an equivalent HETAC qualification. Applicants will be expected to submit online links to their animation work from the last three years maximum prior to interview.

Students who have completed a QQI Level 6 Animation will be considered if their work meets the criteria and standard for HND.  This will be discussed at interview.

If you are over 21, relevant work experience in animation or in related fields will also be taken into consideration. Your work will be assessed based on portfolio and interview.

An employer’s/college reference is essential.

All applicants should show an aptitude and commitment to the subject matter and to an intense degree year.

Course Fees

The cost of the programme will be €3,500 Euro, to be paid in 3 installments.

Application Process

Entry to the Top-Up degree is a competitive process and is based on interview. Places are open to prospective students from inside and outside the college.

Interviews will take place in April/May 2021.

·         January – March: online applications

·         End of March: interview notifications to applicants that meet the minimum requirements

·         Mid/end of April: interviews

·         End of May: HND results collated for current students. Offers will be made to the top 20 students (results /application /interview)

·         By end of June: successful applicants to secure their place with €1,000 deposit

·         July, if places are still available, new offers will be made in order of suitability.

·         Mid-September : course starts

*This course is run under the colleges part-time provision and will form subject to numbers enrolled on the course. Students are not eligible for a grant in this Top-Up course.