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BSc (Hons) in Visual Effects for Film, TV and Animation

Course Code: LC506




4 Years


Art & Design

CAO Points

New for 2020 (Portfolio Required)

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO



In this programme you will learn how to create and develop high quality digital content for the visual effects and 3D animation industry. You will develop your artistic and technical ability to produce world-class 3D content.                                             

This course has been developed by ex-industry professionals who have worked for internationally renowned studios like Double Negative (Inception, The Dark Knight, and Blade Runner), Brown Bag Films and Screen Scene and will prepare you for an exciting career in the industry both nationally and internationally.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish and a minimum of an O4 in Mathematics.

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

International Applicants

Non-EU applicants should apply directly to the International Office at LIT allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by July 1st at the latest.


As well as meeting the Leaving Certificate/QQI FET/FETAC requirement, students will also need to pass a portfolio assessment. The portfolio is scored out of 600 with a minimum score of 240 required to pass.

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What modules will I study?

Year 1

Drawing Principles I, Animation I  Fundamentals, 3D Modelling I - Introduction to Modelling for Animation, 3D Modelling II  - Characters and Creatures, Materials & Lighting for Animation, Interactive Programming I, Compositing I: Fundamentals, 3D Animation: Introduction to 3D Animation, Digital Photography, Concept Art I, Visual Communications I, Interpersonal Development.

Year 2

Pre-Visualization and Layout, Effective Teamwork, Rigging I Creatures and Characters, Matchmove, Media Capture and Editing, Modelling Texturing and Lighting Scenes, Short Film/CG Project I, 3D Animation II, Compositing II, Mattes & Motion Graphics, Film Studies I.

Year 3

Short Film/CG Project II,  Compositing III - Advanced Comp, Professional Development, Effects I Fundamentals, Concept Art II, Digital Sculpting, Project Management for Animation, Matte Painting & Environments, Employment Placement, Portfolio.

Year 4

Scripting & Digital Tool Creation for Technical Directors, Effects II Technical Direction, Portfolio II, Emerging Technologies and Trends in Digital Media, Virtual Reality, Major VFX Project.​       


Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful graduates of this course are eligible for a wide range of taught and research, Level 9, Masters programmes in Ireland and abroad.

What are the career prospects?

Graduates will have a range of industry ready skills that make them highly employable across the television, feature film, media and creative technology industries, including a variety of roles such as: Creature/Character Animators, Matchmove, Lighting, Rigging, Effects, Look Development, Texture Artist, Layout, Compositing, Production Management, Creature Modeller, VFX Editing, Character Designer, Matte Painting, Concept Art, Technical Director, FX artists.​