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

  • CAO Points: New for 2024 (Including Portfolio)

  • Campus: Clonmel

  • years: 4

Course Overview

Are you interested in learning how to create the latest Visual Effects you see in Films?

Do you like to create your own content on social media?

The BSc. in Visual Effects for Film, TV and Animation is designed to develop your artistic and technical abilities to produce world-class content from social media to the cinema screen. 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 to help you gain the skills and knowledge to create content from the small screen to the big screen then this the course for you.

Contact Details

Richard Gavin


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.


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.

Course Modules

  • 3D Modelling I – Introduction to Modelling for Animation

  • Animation I Fundamentals

  • Digital Photography

  • Drawing Principles I

  • Interpersonal Development

  • Visual Communications I

  • 3D Animation: Introduction to 3D Animation

  • 3d Modelling II – Characters and Creatures

  • Compositing I: Fundamentals

  • Concept Art I

  • Interactive Programming I

  • Materials & Lighting for Animation

  • Interactive Programming II

  • Matchmove

  • Media Capture and Editing

  • Pre-Visualization and Layout

  • Rigging I Creatures and Characters

  • Concept Art II, Digital Sculpting

  • Effects I Fundamentals

  • Matte Painting & Environments

  • Portfolio

  • Professional Development

  • Rigging II Character Performance

  • Compositing III, Advanced Comp

  • Employment Placement

  • Project Management for Animation

  • Short Film/CG Project II

  • Effects II Technical Direction

  • Major VFX Project

  • Scripting & Digital tool creation for Technical Directors

  • Virtual Reality

  • Emerging Technologies and Trends in Digital Media

  • Major VFX Project

  • Portfolio II

  • The Entertainment and Media Industry

What can you do after this programme?

Ireland’s Film and Animation sectors are booming and the national and international growth and success of the film and television sectors has created a real need for creative graduates who possess a unique blend of artistic and technological skills. 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.

Successful graduates of this programme are eligible for Level 9 and 10 postgraduate programmes within TUS and/or elsewhere.