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Visual Effects for Film, TV and Animation (Postgraduate Diploma, L9, 60 ECTS)

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1 Year


Art & Design

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional, Postgraduate Taught courses



Are you interested in learning how to create the latest Visual Effects you see in Film, TV and Animation? The Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Effects for Film, TV and Animation is designed to develop your artistic and technical abilities to produce world-class 3D content. You will gain the knowledge and skills required to work in the Visual Effects and 3D animation industry as artists, content creators and designers for the film, television, and animation sectors both nationally and internationally.

This is an industry-focused course developed by ex-industry professionals who have worked for internationally renowned studios like Double Negative (Inception, The Dark Knight, Blade Runner 2049) Brown Bag Films and Screen Scene. If you want to learn industry leading content creations tools, techniques and workflows for film and television this is the course for you.

What are the entry requirements?

(a) A primary honours degree Level 8 or equivalent. 
(b) Sample DIGITAL Portfolio of previous work (eligible applicants must submit by the deadline of August 27th - 6pm), may include the following:
• Digital 2D and 3D characters and models
• Digital generated imagery
• Sample 2D/3D animation
• Concept art, matte painting
• Branding, Graphics, Illustration
• Examples of implemented code, Games/Websites/Software
• Examples of implemented code, for animation tool development, or pipeline, systems or networking.
• Storyboards
• Examples of shot video/film, highlight reels of work, please note which elements you worked on.
• Photographs and videos of traditional art media such as sculptures, paintings and prints
• Examples of professional work from the wider media industry
(c) Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) / Special Case Registrations: Prospective participants who do not meet the entry requirements for the programme detailed above, but who may qualify for admission by meeting certain other equivalent criteria, should notify the Flexible Learning Office and request consideration under RPL. Please submit your application online and then email all your supporting documents to

This is a Level 9, Special Purpose Award, which can lead on towards a Masters Degree,it is expected that candidates would be comfortable with technology. Ideal candidates would be those with previous design experience that may require enhanced technical qualifications to further their career. Prior experience with technology would be an advantage. This understanding is usually demonstrated with a Portfolio of Previous Work or RPL.

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

Semester 1:

3D Content Creation: Creating 3D models that fulfill script and technical pipeline requirements 
Compositing: Practical understanding of digital compositing, including the 2D pixel math operations The Business of Entertainment and Media

Semester 2:
Fx for Film
Advanced Compositing
Lighting and Look Development
Acquisition for Visual Effects

Are there opportunities for further study?

This course can lead onto a separate Masters award which includes
- Portfolio and Professional Development
- Master’s project

More Information


TBC for 2022

This programme will commence in September 2021 and run until September 2022 in LIT Clonmel (provided this is allowed in line with Covid-19 government guidelines).

Timetable Details

Number of Days: 3/4

Daytime/Evening: Daytime

Number of Hours per day: 6

Times: TBC prior to course commencement

Location Campus: LIT Clonmel

What will the time commitment be?

Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.


Please note that the exams for this course will be a mix of Continuous Assessment and final in-house exams. In house exams take place weekdays, during daytime hours i.e. between the hours of 9am and 6pm. TBC closer to exam time.


Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Visual Effects for Film, TV & Animation (Level 9, 60 ECTS)

Application Deadline

12th September, 2021.

Once Springboard eligibility has been reviewed, the LIT Springboard+ team will be in touch with eligible applicants with further details on how to submit their portfolio which will have a deadline (TBC)****

**As only eligible applicants will be considered and asked to submit their portfolio, please ensure that your application is complete by uploading ALL supporting documents prior to the application deadline. The onus is on each applicant to ensure ALL documents are uploaded. LIT will not pursue applicants for missing documents for incomplete applications**

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€675 is the subsidised fee for employed applicants. This programme is 90% Springboard funded for employed applicants and 100% Springboard funded for unemployed applicants.

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Please see here for eligibility criteria details.

For full information on this programme please click here.

The Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.





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