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Ballyfermot College of Further Education

Ballyfermot College of Further Education


 

Visual Effects and 3D Technology - HND


Course Code:  IFX
Award Code(s): 
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
When BCFE animation graduate Richie Baneham won an Oscar at the 82nd Academy Awards it was for Best Visual Effects on the film Avatar. Visual Effects (VFX) involves combining live action and digitally created images together to create everything from placing real actors on a surreal set interacting with Avatars on Pandora through to adding fire into a fireplace scene in a TV commercial.

This course will use industry standard software and hardware to take students through everything from learning how to light and shoot the live action elements to creating and combining digital backgrounds and characters into footage to create a final scene. The VFX industry is a growing sector within post-production companies in Ireland. On successful completion of the course students may seek employment and a career in 3D/CGI/VFX either locally or internationally.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Year 1:
Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design
Professional Practice in Art and Design
3D Computer Modelling and Animation
Digital Video Post-Production and Editing
Digital Image Creation and Development
Location Photography
Film Studies
Camera and Lighting Techniques for Moving Image Production

Year 2
Visual Communication in Art and Design
Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design
Project Design
Implementation and Evaluation
Work-based Experience
Computer Programming Principles
2D, 3D and Time-based Digital Applications
Animation Techniques
CGI Rendering and Lighting

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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