25 June 2024 The Irish Film & Television Network
#IFTNTraining: Institute of Technology, Tralee
23 Jan 2017 : Laura Brennan
The Institute of Technology Tralee (IT Tralee) offers courses which are tailored to suit both the creative media and business fields. The Department of creative media and information technologies has a young, innovative staff group whose passion in their specialised fields is evidenced by the dedication and enthusiasm with which they deliver their programmes.

We run through a selection of courses relevant to the TV, Film, Music & Animation industries that are currently offered by the Institute of Technology, Tralee:

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design, CAO Code: TL801

This 4 year NFQ Level 8 course gives you up-to-the-minute skills and industry relevant training in the animation and visual effects sector. It will introduce you to the core principles of creative film making, animation and visual storytelling. Ireland has one of the fastest growing animation sectors in the world; some of the largest animation companies are based here. This degree gives you the necessary practical and technical skills for employment in this rapidly expanding sector.

There are modules on drawing/character development, illustration, design, character modelling, animation principles, puppet/set design, stop motion, digital graphics, visual effects, motion graphics, compositing, 2D/3D modelling, rigging, texturing, lighting, photography and digital cinematography. The course also provides training in video, audio recording, research and design skills.

As you progress through the programme, you develop particular specialisations based on your interests and skills. In third year, you get invaluable experience by taking a 3-6 month internship with an animation, visual effects or digital media company. Alternatively, you can start your own freelance animation project.

Why study Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design at IT, Tralee?

This course gives you the core skills to launch a career in Ireland’s vibrant animation, games and visual effects industry. The content has been designed with extensive input from industry animators, in order to make sure our graduates have the skills that employers need. The degree is designed to foster creative talent in a technology-driven environment, enabling our students to design and develop animation content while working with the latest industry-standard software. You get hands-on, practical, applied training, and an appreciation of relevant theories underpinning the evolution of animation, visual effects and motion design.

For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design, (TL801) course

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in TV, Radio and New Media Broadcasting, CAO Code: TL802

This 4 year NFQ Level 8 programme gives you everything you need to launch a successful career in the broadcasting industry. You develop traditional radio and TV skills, and get a thorough understanding of how new technologies are used in the world of communication and media.

We encourage creativity and innovation through different methods of programme delivery and assessment, including interactive online learning, group discussions, critique sessions, workshops, practicals and studio work. Project work is a key component of what we do, and we supplement our learning materials with presentations from visiting industry experts.

The industry work placement is a vital component of the degree. This takes place in semester six (year three) of the course. Alternatively, you can work as part of an internal design team, creating digital content

Why study TV, Radio and New Media Broadcasting at IT, Tralee?

Our state-of-the-art Digital Media Centre (DMC) features a TV studio, a radio studio, multimedia editing suites, an audio/video library suite, a dedicated recording studio and common project work and exhibition space. We also have dedicated high-spec multimedia Mac/PC labs, running the latest operating systems and the most recent industry-standard versions of the relevant software, including Apple Final Cut suite, Adobe production/web design suites and 3D Studio Max.

For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in TV, Radio and New Media Broadcasting (TL802) course

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music Technology CAO Code: TL803

Music technology at IT, Tralee explores the creative possibilities of technology in the areas of audio production, music composition and digital media. You use industry-standard software and hardware to develop skills in sound recording, live sound engineering, audio post-production, sound design, live electronics, sound synthesis and sensor technology. The course also encourages you to use music technology as a creative tool in composition.

Our students work across media, formulate independent thinking and develop team work skills. As the course progresses, you will work on multi-disciplinary group projects with students from the related disciplines of visual effects and motion graphics, TV, radio, film, games and new media.

The programme is delivered through a blend of interactive online learning, group discussions, critique sessions, workshops, guest speakers from industry, hands-on projects, studio work and collaborative projects. The industry work placement, which takes place in third year, is a vital component of the degree. Alternatively, you can work as part of an internal design team, creating digital content entries for national and international media applications awards.

Why study Music Technology at IT, Tralee?

This course has been designed for enthusiasts, for people with a passion to apply their technical and creative skills to music, broadcasting, new media and gaming. All modules are taught by experts in their field, while the modules themselves have been developed following close consultation with our extensive network of music industry contacts.

IT, Tralee is an ‘Avid Learning Partner’, which means you can get additional professional accreditation in Pro Tools hardware and software at a reduced additional cost. While we do emphasise timetabled lectures, tutorials, workshops and regular assignments, students also get an opportunity to work independently in studios and labs to produce their own work. Our state- of-the-art facilities include a dedicated recording studio, music technology Mac/PC laboratories and the IT, Tralee Digital Media Centre, a digital production and post-production facility.

For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music Technology (TL803) course

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