August 2022 | 2D Animation Next Step Bootcamp

Animation Skillnet and Screen Ireland are proud to present the new installment of their 2D Animation Bootcamp, aimed at recent graduates interested in joining the 2D Animation industry.

This Bootcamp is supported under the Skills Connect Programme.


Devised in consultation with professionals from various Irish Studios, the Bootcamp will involve an introduction to the stages of a modern 2D Animation Production. Operating a holistic approach, the key aim of this course is to expose the graduate artist to the key aspects of the working environment. 

The aim at the end of the Bootcamp is for participants to be better prepared to obtain work with a studio. 

This year’s Bootcamp will take place entirely online as follows:

Tuesday 16th of August 

2D Animation Industry Overview – 10am to 1pm

  • Typical department/production structure/pipeline
  • How departments work with each other
  • Details about various roles available in Ireland
  • Case studies

Showreel & Online portfolio – 2pm to 5pm

  • Dos and don’ts
  • Useful platforms and visibility
  • Case studies

Wednesday 17th of August

Applying to jobs – 10am to 1pm 

  • How to research & read a Job Spec
  • CV writing & layout
  • Cover letters 

Understanding Irish Tax and managing your accounts – 2pm to 4pm

  • Revenue online platforms
  • Income Tax/PAYE
  • Artist Exemption
  • Record Keeping

Thursday 18th of August  

Software presentation 10am – 1pm

  • What programmes are used by studios in Ireland depending on each role and throughout the pipeline

First Steps into the Industry – 2pm to 3pm

  • networking events 
  • how to apply for apprenticeship, traineeship, internship and other programmes
  • good resources, tips, etc.

About the tutors

John Peavoy – John is a lecturer of animation and illustration with the Athlone Institute of Technology. He has previously worked as an animator with Cartoon Saloon on projects such as The Breadwinner and Puffin Rock. He has worked as a supervisor, animator, editor, and animation designer for a wide range of clients such as RTÉ, BBC, Nick JR. Netflix, Amazon, and others from America and across Europe.

Colin Reid – Colin has been working in the animation industry for over a decade in various positions. First working in Kavaleer in 2011 as an interactive designer, then moving to Boulder Media and other various studios before returning to Kavaleer in 2019. Colin has worked on multiple shows such as Danger Mouse, Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy and Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese, for Disney, BBC, RTE and Netflix. Colin has recently led an animation team on Alva’s World and is currently animation director on Kiva Can Do! (season 3).

Gillian Comerford– Gillian has been working in the Animation Industry for 20 years for Boulder Media Animation Studio. She started out as an Animator on shows like “Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends” and “The Amazing World of Gumball” from which she progressed to Supervising Animation Director on “Wander Over Yonder”. From 2016 onwards her career took a turn towards Direction and she has worked on a number of Shorts and Series for the “My Little Pony” franchise. Gillian has reviewed hundreds of portfolios and showreels over this time. She looks forward to helping you make a good first impression to future employers!

Michael Downey – Michael is a seasoned recruiter with over nine years of recruiting experience, the last five of which were gained within the animation sector. He currently serves as Talent Management Director for Irish animation studio Lighthouse Studios, where he is responsible for sourcing talent from across the globe for the studio’s various high-end 2D productions. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Michael served as Lead Recruiter at Boulder Media and also managed his own successful animation consultancy, working with various studios to find and recruit much sought-after, high-level industry talent. His work includes several animated features and TV series in both 2D and 3D.

Peter Daly Peter is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience. He completed his training with PricewaterhouseCoopers and in the years since qualifying, has worked in various private and publicly quoted companies.

In 2015, Peter set up his own accountancy practice, Peter Daly, Chartered Accountants. The practice caters predominantly for individuals – many of whom are working within the Arts, but they also cater for small businesses, including Arts organisations.

Alongside his accountancy work, Peter also works as a writer and actor. He has worked with numerous theatre companies in Ireland including The Abbey, The Gate, Rough Magic, Druid and Fishamble among many others.

System requirements needed for the Bootcamp

Workshops will be taking place using a virtual classroom app. Participants will need to have a good internet connection and a device with Audio, Webcam and Microphone for live chat sessions and feedback.


There is no fee for the Bootcamp but please note that there are only 12 places available.

Graduates from Animation and other related courses who are interested in being considered for a place on the 2D Animation Bootcamps should apply at the link below by 9am on Tuesday 2nd August.

Applicants must include a link to a CV or LinkedIn profile and a link to an online showreel or digital portfolio in their application. (Showreel/portfolios in progress accepted)

Successful applicants will be notified a week before the Bootcamp starts.

Application Procedure

Please note that applicants must have a current, valid address in the Republic of Ireland in order to be considered for this programme.

Please apply here: