Certificate in 2D & 3D Digital Animation Production

Course Points
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Level
Level 7
Course Places
15 Places
Course Start Date
W/C Monday 24th January 2022

Course Summary

This one-year part-time course aims to provide students with a strong grounding and transferable skills in Digital Animation Production processes, a solid understanding of the Production Pipeline and techniques for both 2D and 3D. This course will provide participants with the required knowledge, skills and competency to assist them in gaining employment in the Digital Animation Production industry.

Important notice about this course



This course aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design and develop digital assets for both 2D and 3D digital animation production. 

The ever-expanding animation industry in Ireland requires graduates with the necessary technical knowledge and transferable skills to work within the Digital Animation Production sector in Ireland and beyond. 

The course is structured as follows:
Year 1 - Semester 1

  • 2D Design Tools
  • 3D Modelling Techniques
  • 3D Animation

Year 1 - Semester 2

  • 3D Character Design
  • 3D Environmental Design
  • Compositing and Visual Effects for Creative Media
  • Work Placement
  • There will be a two-day induction at the beginning of the programme.
  • Online learning will take place 3 evenings per week (typically Monday, Wednesday and Thursday), between 7:00pm – 9:30pm.
  • For face-to-face learning attendance is required on the DkIT campus one Saturday per month (maximum 3 times per semester).

The course will be delivered over 1 year (2 semesters) in part-time blended mode (80% online, 20% face-to-face) and will be ideally suited to those who cannot commit to full-time study. Online learning will be supported using the Institute's online Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).  

For face-to-face learning attendance is required on the DkIT campus one Saturday per month (maximum three times per semester). Online learning will take place three evenings per week typically between 6:00pm – 9:00pm. This flexible delivery model is used to ensure that every opportunity is given to students to participate in the course, particularly in the context of upskilling and reskilling for those in employment. 

Graduates of the course will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies in the area of universal design and will be equipped to follow career paths such as:

  • Animator: Creating high standard animation in 2D and 3D for broadcast, showcasing a variety of animation performance while applying the principles of animation.
  • 3D Modeller: Modelling artefacts with correct topology and edge flow. Optimized for UV unwrapping and rigging.
  • Texture (Look Dev) Artist: Creating shaders and texture maps for characters, environments and props. Exhibiting the ability for Photo Real and stylised texture maps as required.
  • Rigger: Design, create, test and maintain character set ups. Provide technical feedback to modelling department.
  • VFX Designer and Animator: Designing solutions for the visual effects in animation and film.
  • Level Designer: Import 3D assets to design levels for virtual reality or augmented reality interactive environments
  • Project Supervisor: Supervise all aspects of 3D Computer Animation along the animation pipeline.

Graduates of this programme could progress to the Higher Diploma in 3D Computer Animation and would be qualified to pursue other NFQ Level 8 programmes in the area of animation, for example, the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Animation which is offered by Colaiste Dhulaigh (https://www.cdcfe.ie/). 

The course fee is €1,950. The fee is payable as follows:

  • Payment 1: Application Fee = €50 (Refundable if you are not made an offer of a place on the course)
  • Payment 2: Accept Offer Fee = €100 (Non-refundable)
  • Payment 3 of €900 is payable by 28th February
  • Payment 4 of €900 is payable by 31st October

The entry requirements are as follows:

  • Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate
  • Including At least one H5 Grade OR Minimum Points Score of 200
  • And Mathematics Grade F2, O6 or H7
  • And English Grade O6 or H7
  • Or Irish Grade O6 or H7

Or Equivalent.

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements but who have significant relevant experience in the technology or media sectors can apply under the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy that allows for the recognition of both formal and informal learning, non-accredited personal and professional education and work-based learning.


Recognition of Prior Learning
Applicants wishing to recognise prior learning are considered under the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy taking into consideration discipline specific criteria, appropriate to this programme. RPL is a process that allows students to gain admission to a programme of study or to gain exemptions/credit from some parts of a course, based on demonstrated learning achieved prior to admission.

Learning can be gained formally from previously certified coursework. It can be gained informally or non-formally through the workplace, through involvement with community groups or through voluntary activities.

For international students, an IELTS minimum 5.5 is required. 

INTERVIEWS WILL APPLY FOR THIS COURSE. Next interview date = Tuesday 13th August.

This course will be of interest to anyone wishing to upskill in the area of Digital Animation Production.

Michael Connolly (Department of Visual and Human-Centred Computing, DkIT)
Phone: +353 42 9370994
Email: michael.connolly@dkit.ie


Course ID DK_MCDAP_7
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 7
Duration 1 Year
Fees €1,950
Starting Date W/C Monday 24th January 2022
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Visual and Human-Centred Computing
Credits 40
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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