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BA (Hons.) Degree in Animation – Starting Sept 2017

Duration: 3 Years Full Time

Take the first step to becoming a professional animator! Pulse College is very excited to partner with Griffith College, Ireland’s largest independent third level institution, to deliver this brand new, unique and industry focused BA (Hons) in Animation program.

Pulse College’s BA (Hons) in Animation is developed and taught by practicing industry professionals to ensure that you receive the very highest levels of training. A key part of the course involves producing a portfolio of work that will help you get into the exciting and growing Irish and international animation industry.

Studying at Pulse College will introduce you to valuable professional workflows and teach you everything from the basics of animation, 2D animation techniques, through to full 3D modelling. With the significant benefit of hands-on experience, you will be taught beyond the standard levels required by academic institutions. This practical experience is an essential element of our unique programme.

Class times are 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday with study spaces and extra tutoring available to provide to practice your skills.

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[This course is currently subject to validation]

Course Content

This course covers the full range of topics from drawing skills to 3D modelling, 3D lighting, character texturing, character animating, environmental modelling, animation rendering, and 2D animation, Comic Books and Sequential Art, Animation for Video Games.

A key aspect of this course is to produce a portfolio over the duration of the course that will help you to break into the dynamic and creative animation industry.

During the course, you will learn about:

  • Animating in 2D
  • Designing a character for 3D Modelling
  • How to create a 3D character model
  • How to add colour to your character
  • Making your character move
  • Developing storyboards for animation
  • Creating an environment to house your character
  • Camera and lighting effects to make your animation pop
  • Life Drawing
  • Comic Books and Sequential Art
  • Animation for Video Games

Whether you want to be an animator, character designer for games, concept artist, or VFX animator, Pulse College can set you on the right track to achieving your goal.

Detailed Course Content

Year 1:

  • 2D Digital Imaging 1
  • Animation Principles & History
  • Life Drawing
  • Storyboarding and Layout
  • 3D Modelling 1 (Characters and environments)
  • 3D Rigging & Animation
  • Texturing & Unwrapping
  • Visual Culture & Theory 1

Year 2:

  • 2D Digital Imaging 2
  • Narrative & Storytelling
  • Life Drawing for Animation
  • 3D Modelling 2 (Characters & Video Games)
  • 3D Advanced Rigging & Animation
  • Special Effects, Compositing & Motion Graphics
  • Sequential Art Design and Production (Comic Art and Production)
  • Visual Culture & Theory 2

Year 3

  • Final Project
  • 3D Sculpting & Modelling
  • Videogames Tools & Environments
  • Audio Production
  • Entrepreneurship (Marketing for business)

Further Progression

In line with national policy, graduates from the level 8 programme would be eligible to progress to postgraduate programmes at level 9.

Graduates may wish to further extend their industry-based professional qualifications as new technologies and developments emerge.


Applications are currently taken through Direct Application to Pulse College, via the Apply Form button below.

We expect all applicants to have a proven interest in art and/or animation techniques, and to display some interest in related creative media arts. Knowledge of the basic use of computers (either Mac or PC) and 3D modelling software will be helpful, but not essential before starting the course. It is a definite advantage to demonstrate your passion for animation, i.e. art portfolio or sketchbook, 3D modelling, design skills or making animation at home. A willingness to explore new ideas is important alongside a positive attitude this creative field of study.

Entry onto our Degree Programme is based achieving a minimum of 2 C3’s in Higher level subjects and four other C3’s on the Leaving Certificate, as well as an interview. The letter we send you with the offer of an interview highlights requirements for selection and includes advice on interview preparation.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant work or life experience will also be considered.

Additional Criteria

Applications from those (including visiting students) whose first language is not English should include an original or certified true copy of one of the following:

  • TOEFL Paper based 570 with a TWE (test of written English) score of 4.5.
  • Computer based 233 with a score of 4.5 in the essay.
  • Internet based 90 with a written score of 21.
  • Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.
  • Cambridge Advanced Grade A.
  • IELTS Academic Version 6.5 with no individual band below 6

Students who do not satisfy Pulse College’s English language requirements for direct entry will be required to take an English language preparatory course before commencing studies.


Total Course Fee Per Year

€7,650 per year (3 years duration)*
[2% PFL Charge of €150 included in Total Fee Per Year]
Flexible Payment Option
Deposit: €1,800 (payable upon acceptance onto the course, following interview)
Enrolment Fee: €2,000 (payable in September)
Instalments: 4 monthly payments of €962.50 (Oct – Jan)

International Student Fee Per Year

EU Student Living Abroad
€8,670 per year (3 years duration)*

Non-EU Student Living in Ireland
€10,710 per year (3 years duration)*

Non-EU Student Living Abroad
€10,710 per year (3 years duration)*

2% PFL Charge is included in all of total course fees above. This charge is incurred to finance arrangements required under Part 6 of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act, 2012 to ensure protection of enrolled learners.

*Please note that a Registration Fee of €250 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted above

Please contact us to find out more about our Flexible Payment options


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