PROGRAMME | Foundation Academy for Animation

Monday 13 Sep 2021 - 5:00pm

Applications are open for The Foundation Academy for Animation to any young person aged 16-19 who are passionate about a career within the animation industry!

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. Several of our leading animation companies, Sixteen South, Jam Media, Paper Owl and Dog Ears are partnering with Nerve Belfast and the Nerve Centre in Derry/Londonderry to establish a career pathway into the industry. All of our tutors have years of experience and have been involved designing structure of the Academy to meet the needs of the ever growing Animation industry in Northern Ireland. 

The Foundation Academy is a unique training programme focussing on 2D animation, providing training and hands-on experience of key job roles within the animation industry. Participants will be introduced to the animation production process working in a small team to learn about design, storyboarding and animating to complete a finished project.  

Academy Tutor:

“It's great to be able to say in a session ‘I'm working on this CBBC or Nickelodeon Jr show at the moment and have found XYZ really useful to know’. The students see real-life NI people working at the highest levels internationally and it gives them an (accurate) perspective of a thriving industry based here.”


The Animation Academy will be running both online and in the Nerve Centre in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry over a 12 week period beginning mid September finishing in December.  

  • Nerve Centre Belfast | Saturday from 10.30am – 4.30pm 
  • Nerve Centre Derry/Londonderry | Thursday from 5pm – 8pm 
  • Mid week session will be online each Wednesday at the beginning on the course with on going mentoring sessions provided each week if needed as the course progresses.  

The academy will run over a 12 week period between September and December with a break for Halloween.  

Closing date for applications is Monday 13th September. Click here for more information and to apply to your chosen location. 

Interviews will take place the week commencing the 13th September 

Visit for more information for each centre and to apply.  

Previous students -

“I have never really had an opportunity to be in an open dialogue with industry professionals, this experience gave me the opportunity to do so and the tutors were unbelievably kind and accommodating.”

“Our course tutors were extremely helpful, patient and professional. They were also very good fun and created a positive and safe environment in order for us to attend each class and be relaxed.”