Cartoon Animation

(Level 5)


QQI Art Level 5, Code 5M1985


The course is a one-year foundation programme introducing the concepts involved in the production of Animated Film. It explores the basic principles involved in Traditional Drawn Animation, 3 Dimensional and Computer Generated Animation. It will equip students with the various technical skills required to advance to St. John’s QQI Level 6 Cartoon Animation Film Production course, to use animation as a medium of creative expression, to practice in the Animation Industry or to progress to further study in Ireland or abroad.



Code Title
5N1862 Drawing
5N1929 Computer Illustrated Graphics
5N1552 Animation Layout
5N1830 Animation Drawing
5N1302 Painting
5N1918 Sculpture
5N0690 Communications
5N1921 Cartoon animation
5N1356 Work Experience

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP or LCA) or equivalent

For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.


One-year full time

Portfolio Preparation

All applicants are interviewed with a portfolio of work to assess suitability

  • Animation Techniques
  • An investigation and practical study of the principles of animation (squash, stretch, timing,etc)
  • Layout Design
  • The rules of perspective and their application to the production of backgrounds
  • Drawing from Life
  • Drawing the human figure with regard to the requirements of an animator
  • Location Drawing
  • Illustrated Graphics
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Model Making
  • Computer Animation
  • Storyboarding
  • Art Appreciation
  • Communications
  • Work Experience



Chromacolour X-Sheet, Animation Line Testing System, iMac Suite.


Work Placement/Experience

Participants will be required to undertake 10 days of work placement in a relevant location. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.

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Fee Exemptions may apply ⇒
Materials €100
QQI Fee €50
Student Services €250
Gov PLC Fee €200
TOTAL €600

Contact Details

Tel: 021 4255500

Education Progression Opportunities

CIT: CR600, CR090

LIT: LC518

WIT: WD137, WD152, WD211

LYIT, AIT: DL832, DL828, LY437, AL861

Tralee IT: TL801

WIT: WD137, WD152


We advise you to consult the CAO website – and to confirm specific entry requirements for Higher Education Institutions.

QQI Level 6 awards may have advanced entry options into some Higher Education Institutions.

Career Opportunities

The majority of animators work in either the motion picture or video industries. Employment is also available in advertising, computer systems design and Web design. There is a growing demand for cartoon animators in engineering, scientific research and medical research.

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