Northern Ireland Screen Foundation Academy for Animation

The Northern Ireland Screen Academy for Animation is now open for applications. Animation is a major growth area in the creative industries in Northern Ireland and there is a high demand for skills and local talent in animation.

The Animation Academy is open to any young person aged 16-19 throughout the region with the enthusiasm and commitment to take up a career within the animation industry and who is not currently attending university.  The Academy is being organised by the three Creative Learning Centres, with Nerve Belfast taking the lead responsibility.

The Northern Ireland Screen Academy for Animation is a unique training programme in focussing on 2D animation and Stop Motion animation skills, providing training and hands-on experience of these key job roles within the animation industry. Participants will be introduced to the animation production process, learn about design, have the opportunity to animate characters using industry standard software and visit the leading animation studios in Northern Ireland.

This first pilot phase of the NI Screen Academy for Animation will run from November 2018 to the end of March 2019.  The Animation Academy is a partnership between Northern Ireland’s three Creative Learning Centres and Northern Ireland’s leading animation companies Sixteen South, Paper Owl, Jam Media and Dog Ears. Award-winning local animators, Joel Simon and John McCloskey will also contribute their talent and expertise to the Academy.

Structure of the Animation Academy  

To allow for progression, the NI Screen Academy for Animation will have two distinct levels.

Foundation level 1

We aim to provide training in Stop Motion animation and 2D animation to at least 30 young people in a more flexible format of one day or half-day workshops across the region. Participants entering the Animation Academy at this level can progress to the second level next year if they show enough enthusiasm and commitment.

Foundation level 2

We aim to recruit 20 young people who are keen to learn 2D Animation skills and can already demonstrate some basic ability to animate. This level of the Animation Academy will provide creative skills development and technical training in many of the key job roles involved in the animation industry, including 2D drawing, rigging, lay-out, digital painting, compositing, in-betweening and storyboarding as well as producing, production management and screenwriting.

This group will meet on Saturdays and receiving training and guidance from local animation companies Sixteen South, Paper Owl, and Jam Media.  The Academy will be based in Belfast at the animation studios of the animation companies involved and a residential will take place in Derry in late November at the workplace of Dog Ears.

You must be available for all of the following dates to apply.

October – 30th – Group Selection Day at Nerve Belfast Ulidia Resource Centre

November – 17th, 24thand 25th – Residential in Derry

December – 1st, 8th and15th

January – 12th, 19th and 26th

February – 2nd, 9th

March dates to be confirmed.



Please see link below to apply online for the NI Screen Academy for Animation. You only need to complete one application form to be considered for both the Foundation level 1 and 2.   Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 26th of October applications handed in after this time may not be considered.

Group Selection

A group selection day will be held on the 30th October at Nerve Belfast Office, Ulidia Resource Centre you will be required to attend on this day.  The panel will decide on which level you have been chosen for and you will be contacted via email shortly after the selection day.

The NI Screen Academy for Animation is funded by the Department of Communities through Northern Ireland Screen.

If you have any questions please contact Jennifer McAlorum either by email or by phone 02890 644333.

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