Ben Walsh from Malahide in Dublin had always been fascinated and impressed by the level of artistic skill displayed by the great Hollywood animation studios in movies like Toy Story, An American Tail and the Lego Movie.
Ben said, “When I left school, I studied Computer Science at DIT but I soon realised that it wasn’t for me and that my heart lay in a more artistic direction. So I applied for one of the animation courses at Ballyfermot and was delighted to be accepted.”
He graduated from the Ballyfermot College of Further Education with a Higher National Diploma in Illustration in 2012. Unfortunately, it was the height of the recession and the course did not include the now necessary skills in 3-D animation which made it difficult for him to find work in that area. However, he spotted and successfully applied for the Certificate in 3D for Games course at the Dundalk Institute of Technology.
The course equips participants with skills in 3D modelling, animation, game concept development, project generation and management along with key game theory principles. The students gain vital software skills in programs such as 3D Studio Max and Unreal Engine 4.
Ben also benefited from four weeks work experience with Glue Visual Effects in East Wall, Dublin, which handles visual effects for both film and advertising production companies.
“I worked on animation for an exciting project and I loved every minute of it. I am now feeling pretty good now about getting full-time work in this industry and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to make a career in this area.”