• CERTIFICATION:QQI Level 5 Certificate in Creative Media (5M5048)
  • DURATION:1 Year 


  • This one year course in film special effects explores both physical and computer generated effects. Most modern films use a range of tools from simple green screen compositing to full 3D animated characters. During this practical course students will design and create 3D animated characters and integrate them into a short film. Students will also study physical effects using latex and makeup to create photorealistic zombies, scars and gunshot wounds. Students will complete the year with an impressive portfolio and a level 5 QQI certificate.

Programme of Study
  • 3 Dimensional Computer Graphics
  • Cinematography Camera Operations
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • 3D modelling & Animation
  • Animation
  • Digital Editing
  • Specialised Make-up Effects 
Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Full QQI level 4
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be  considered in lieu of qualifications

Places are offerend following successful interview.

Career Opportunities
  • VFX Industry
  • 3D Modelling & Animation
  • Compositing
  • Editing
  • Practical FX and Makeup
Higher Education Progression*

Tralee IT:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design (TL801)


  • TV and Film (moving Image) higher National Diploma


  • BA(Hons) in Visual Media (CDA)


*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Co-Ordinator

Noel McAoidh

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