This is a one year full-time course that gives students the opportunity to develop their personal creativity, design and observational skills through the use of a range of creative digital media, digital photography and animation drawing skills.
This is a full-time one-year course which runs from September to May.
A Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent is required, although exceptions are given to mature students who are over 23 years of age. Entry is subject to interview.
On completion of this programme learners will have the skills, knowledge and competencies to
work in a creative media setting, using some initiative and independence while under general direction and or to progress to further or higher education and training.
Examples of courses for potential progression:
AL861 BA Animation and Illustration, Athlone IT (Level 8)
AL763 BA Graphic Design, Athlone IT (Level 7)
DT559 BA Photography DIT (Level 8)
CC518 Digital Animation Production, LIT (Clonmel)
Once you have applied online you will be called for an interview within a few weeks. QQI examination fees cost €50, although Medical Card holders are exempt from paying this fee on production of a valid medical card. Books and essential class materials may also be required. A €200 Government levy will apply on acceptance of a place on PLC course, but medical card holders and those in receipt of a maintenance grant will be exempt. A Student Services fee of €100 also applies.
Students will learn the basic principles of animation through analysis of animated films and the exploration of a variety of drawing skills and techniques. They will have the opportunity to design animation scenes and illustrate the concept of movement through drawing.
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to work independently and under supervision in a 3 dimensional computer graphics environment and formulate a range of viable practical or creative solutions.
Students will gain skill and competence in the theory and practice of digital photographic production to produce digital photographic images.
The image processing module aims to develop knowledge and skills to visualise and plan all stages that are involved in the production and manipulation of digital images. Students are given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the workings of a digital SLR camera and then to finalise their work using Adobe software, in particular Photoshop. The complexities of successful colour reproduction and its visual impact is also explored.
Assessment Criteria: Project 20%; Collection of Work 60%; Learner Record 20%
This module equips students with the knowledge, skill and competence to work independently and under supervision to develop an awareness of the role of the editor within film and television production and develop creative editing skills.
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills, and competence to understand the strategies inherent in the design process and generate creative responses to design briefs.
Students are guided through a series of assignments to improve a range of essential verbal and written communication skills.
The work experience module includes a series of written assignment which aim to prepare students for their 60 hour work placement and their future progression to higher education or employment.