2020 Wrapped!

Season Greetings from Animation Skillnet

As we switch off the webcams, power off the PCs and pack away the drawing tablets, we would like to thank you all warmly for your participation throughout this year.

Despite the challenges and obstacles of the pandemic, 2020 has been a busy year: we supported over 70 courses, workshops, programmes and webinars for close to 700 participants! (Please scroll down to see some of these courses & events.)

This would not have been possible without the support of all our dedicated tutors, our member studios, Skillnet Ireland, Dublin BIC, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and our colleagues at Animation Ireland, Screen Skills Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.

We wish you all a peaceful and restful Holiday and we look forward to seeing you all in 2021!

Gareth, Delphine and Daragh

Work-Based Learning programmes

  • 2019-2021 CGI Technical Artist Apprenticeship Programme
  • Animation Games & VFX Graduate Traineeship Programme 2020

Technical Skills:

  • An Introduction to After Effects
  • Toon Boom Animation & Rigging
  • ZBrush Level II and ZBrush Level III
  • Animating Walks and Runs in Maya
  • Creature creation for CG Production
  • Certificate in Training Delivery & Evaluation
  • Excel and Google Sheets Training Course
  • Original IP Development Course
  • Programming in Python 101

Employment Activation Courses

  • Animation Studio Lab
  • Building A Submission-Ready Design Portfolio
  • English Language for Animation
  • Building a Submission-Ready Storyboard Portfolio
  • 3D Animation Next Step Bootcamp
  • 2D Animation Next Step Bootcamp
  • Strengthening your online storyboard portfolio
  • Toon Boom Bootcamp in partnership with LHS

Management Development

  • Successfully Managing Creative Teams Remotely
  • Business Continuity: Managing employees returning to work after COVID19 and retention strategies whilst out
  • Leading Strategic Innovation
  • ACE Producers
  • Screen Leaders
  • Successfully Managing Remote and Partly Remote Trainees
  • Introduction to GDPR
  • Creative Leadership Programme for Animation, VFX & Games


  • Screen Talks:
    • Art Direction For Animation with Ralph Eggleston
    • Changes in the Screen Sector with Hugh Farley
    • Becoming a Story Artist
    • Don Hahn Music & Animation
    • Acting for Animation with Ed Hooks
    • Nathan Fowkes on the Power of Landscape
    • Unreal Engine for Virtual Production
    • Heath Kenny on Development
    • Stefano Pepin VFX
  • Story Talks with Kayvon Darabi-Fard
  • Commercialising Animated Kids IP
  • Animation Producers Webinar Series
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Representation in the Animation Sector: in the Studio and on Screen

Personal development and workplace well-being

  • Well-being for the Remote Worker
  • COVID-19 Compliance Officer Training for the Audio-Visual (AV) Sector
  • COVID-19 Return to Work Training for the Audio-Visual (AV) Sector
  • Disability Awareness Training
  • Addressing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Animation sector
  • Managing your time and energy in these uncertain times
  • Respect and Dignity at Work
  • Managing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace at a Time of Crisis

Events, seminars and conference delegations

  • The Children’s Media Conference
  • Cartoon Forum
  • Kidscreen Summit Virtual 2021

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