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BEN WALSH – Certificate in 3D for games

Ben Walsh from Malahide in Dublin had always been fascinated and impressed by the level of artistic skill displayed by the great Hollywood animation studios.

Although Ben graduated with a Diploma in Illustration, his lack of 3-D animation skills was still standing in the way of meaningful work experience in his preferred career until he heard about Springboard. He spotted and applied for the Certificate in 3D for Games course at the Dundalk Institute of Technology, he was accepted following an interview and submission of his portfolio.

The course equips participants with skills in 3D modelling, animation, game concept development, project generation and management along with key game theory principles.

“I attended college two days a week and in between, there were plenty of projects to be completed. There were only 13 of us in the class and it was great to be once again learning alongside like-minded people. We also received a lot of one-to-one support and mentoring from our three lecturers which was excellent for building confidence. One of my favourite parts of the course was creating three animated pieces of work in the 3D Studio Max program.”

Ben also benefited from four weeks work experience with Glue Visual Effects in East Wall, Dublin, which handles visual effects for both film and advertising production companies.

“I worked on animation for an exciting project and I loved every minute of it. I am now feeling pretty good about getting full-time work in this industry and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to make a career in this area.”