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Deadline: WIT’s Springboard ‘Production Management for Digital Animation’ – Dec. 15th
29 Nov 2017 : Nathan Griffin
Waterford Institute of Technology in association with Ireland’s European Structural and Investment Funds Programme are offering the opportunity to participate on their new Higher Diploma in Production Management for Digital Animation.

The Higher Diploma in Production Management for Digital Animation is designed to produce Production Supervisors/Managers for the digital animation industry. The Production Manager's role is to manage and control all aspects of a Digital Animation production encompassing Creative, Scheduling and Business areas.

The course is structured around the established workflow phases of a typical animated feature. The course has been designed following extensive dialog with relevant enterprise partners (e.g. Cartoon Saloon, Brown Bag Films). As a result, the course clearly 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 deadline for applications is the December 15th, 2017.

This course will start in January 2018.

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a major award at Level 8 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications - see http://www.nfq-qqi.com/index.html - typically an honours degree. An electronic copy (if you don't have a scanned copy then simply take a photograph with your phone) of the relevant certificate or transcript must be uploaded to the Springboard site - no offer can be made on any Springboard course with this supporting documentation.

Applicants who do not hold a major award at level 8 may use the Springboard 'Recognition of Prior Learning' RPL Form to support their applications


Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to meet WIT’s English Language Entry Requirements

The course is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career as Production Supervisors/Managers in the animation industry or for existing production managers looking to consolidate their knowledge and qualifications. Applicants may have a Management and/or IT and/or Design background combined with a desire for employment in the emerging Digital Animation Industry. 

 

Long Description

The global market for digital animation content for the media, advertising, games and education etc. industries is growing and is estimated to reach $2 trillion by 2018 and is projected to grow at a rate of 30% over the next three years as evidenced by the EU's Building a Digital Economy and PwC Global Entertainment and Media Outlook. In January 2017, Globe Newswire - Research and Markets, announced that most of the segments in the animation industry of the major animation markets including the United States, Canada, Japan, China, France, Britain, Korea and Germany were growing at the rate of 5% YoY. 

The HDip aims to address the needs of the Digital Animation industry in Ireland 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 Business areas.

The course is structured around the established workflow phases of a typical animated feature. The course has been designed following extensive dialog with relevant enterprise partners (e.g. Cartoon Saloon, Brown Bag Films). As a result, the course clearly 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 course will enable students to develop skills in Digital Animation Production by focusing on Practice, Theory and Professionalism and the 'critical dialogue' between them. It is aimed at individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in production management for the animation industry or for production managers looking to consolidate their knowledge and qualifications in relevant management practices and disciplines..

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.

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. Cartoon Saloon, Brown Bag Films, Pixar, EA Games and many other companies. Outsourcing and consultancy roles are other alternative career options. 




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