The HDip addresses the needs of the Digital Media/Animation sectors for qualified project management graduates in an increasingly convergent marketplace. Project Managers are integral to the Animation Production process. The role of the Production Manager is to manage and control all aspects of a Digital Animation feature production. Producers work with all stakeholders in the production pipeline, encompassing Creative, Scheduling and Busness areas.
The course is structured around the established workflow phases of a typical animated feature and was designed following extensive dialog with relevant enterprise partners (eg Cartoon Saloon, Brown Bag Films). As a result, the course targets immediate and identified needs of the Animation Industry. All modules reflect industry Project Management best practice. Semesters 1 and 2 address the critical production workflow and related project management disciplines. While Semester-3 offers Work Placement and Mentorship in association with Enterprise Partners.
The philosophy of the HDip in Animation Production is to blend the creative (observation, artistic conception and an understanding of the traditional principles of animation) and the technical (Animation and Post Production Tools) with relevant management and strategic planning skills specific to the Digital Animation Industry. The course team will be regularly augmented by associated tutors and specialists from industry
The HDip is open to level 8 graduates from a range of disciplines. Including Computing, Arts, Visual Media, Gaming and Business.
It adds its own unique Animation stamp with a focus on the Animation Pipeline, Software & Hardware Tools, and Project Management. Target job roles for graduates include:
Higher Diploma in Production Management for Digital Animation Social Media
The course is designed to be completed in one calendar year of full-time study OR over two years of Part-Time study. Presently, the course is open only for the Part-Time study option and delivery will be predominantly online, using a Blended Learning approach.
The course is comprised of the following modules:
Animation Production Theory (5 credits)
History of Film/Animation and an analysis of Style, Direction and Production
Project & Change Management (5 credits)
Project Management Principles including traditional scheduling and budgeting
Modelling Practice (5 credits)
Principles, tools and techniques for Modelling in Industry environment
Animation Pipeline & Technologies (5 credits)
Understanding and utilizing specialist technologies used in Pipeline
Animation Practice (5 credits)
Principles, tools and techniques for Animation in Industry environment
Arts and Media Management (5 credits)
Advanced HR and team management, conflict resolution and negotiation & law
Post-Production Processing (5 credits)
Principles, tools and techniques for Post Production environment
Convergent Media Technologies (5 credits)
Advancing and exploiting digital assets for other media
Experiential Learning (20 Credits)
Work Placement, Mentoring and Projects
Graduates can anticipate careers in Creative Media Industry where Design, Project Management and Team Leader roles in the growing Digital Animation industry both in Ireland and worldwide are required. Locally, Cartoon Saloon, Lighthouse Studios, based in the South East, predict demand for over 175 graduates up to 2025. While nationally, other Animation companies such as Brown Bag Films, Boulder Media and Giant Animation predict similar growth demand. Animation is also central to many other related sectors (eg. Gaming, TV/Film, Advertising, Architecture) and graduates can avail of opportunities in these areas. Outsourcing and consultancy roles are other alternative career options.