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Digital Animation - BSc (Hons)

Course Code: US805




4 Years


Art & Design, Digital Arts and Media

CAO Points

662 (Including Portfolio)

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO



On this programme, students learn to design, create and animate for both 2D and 3D platforms such as TV, Film and Games. There is a focus on developing students’ core skills in the traditional disciplines of drawing, illustration and animation asset design with a strong emphasis on the principles of animation.

Building on this foundation, students continue to develop their creative voice while training in industry standard software, processes and technologies with the aim of bringing their ideas and concepts to life on screen.

TUS Clonmel Digital Campus is a Toon Boon Centre of Excellence (COE). This qualification provides graduating students an advantage by being in high demand for world recognised studio careers that value a deep knowledge of Toon Boom 2D animation and software.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

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

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

International applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS, allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by 1st June at the latest to ensure visas are processed in time. You should familiarise yourself with visa processing times for your country of origin to ensure you make a timely application. Find out more here.

International Applicants

Non-EU applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS 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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Who can I contact?

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

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    Introduction to Animation, Digital Technology Fundamentals, Drawing Principles 1, Visual Design for Animation 1, Audio Storytelling, Animation 1 – Basic Fundamentals, Professional Culture and Communication, Drawing Principles 2, Visual Design for Animation 2, Creative Coding 1, Visual Storytelling, Animation 2 – Body Mechanics.

  • Year 2

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    Drawing Principles III, Illustration for Animation 1- Character Design, 2D Rigged Animation Techniques, Animation 3 - Pantomime, Media Writing for Animation, Short Film I, Compositing 1, 2D Rigging for Animation, Animation 4 – Acting and Performance, Film Studies 1, Team Psychology.

  • Year 3

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    Portfolio, Animation 5 - 3D Animation, Animation 6 – Studio Practice, Film Studies 2, Professional Career Skills, Illustration for Animation 2 – Production Design, Short Film 2, Compositing 2, Project Management for Animation, Narrative, Employment Placement.

  • Year 4

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    2D Effects, Studio Project Preparation, Background Painting and Environmental Concepts (Elective 1), Animation 7- Animal and Creature Locomotion (Elective 1), Extended Research Essay, Emerging Technologies and Trends, Animation Psychology (Elective 2), Business Acumen (Elective 2), Studio Project (Elective 3), Industry-Based Internship Programme (Elective 3).

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 of this course have worked in the following positions:                      

  • Animator (2D & 3D)
  • 3D Modeller
  • Rigger (2D & 3D)
  • Texture & Lighting Artist
  • Compositor
  • Technical Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Background Painter
  • Layout Artist
  • Art Direction
  • Animation Director