The specification for this junior cycle short course in enterprise in animation focuses on developing cognitive, social and practical skills through four inter-connected strands. The four strands presented here are: Strand 1 – Stop-motion animation; Strand 2 - Creating your animation company; Strand 3 - Storyboarding and set building; Strand 4 - Our feature presentation.
Strand 1 - Stop-motion animation. This strand introduces students to the world of animation. They learn the vocabulary and basic processes required and make their first animated piece. Strand 2 - Creating your animation company. Students are introduced to the world of business, learning about roles, company identity and about the fundamental uses of market research. Strand 3 - Storyboarding and set building. This strand encourages the development of creativity and critical thinking. Students develop their own story board on a topic of interest and creating a set design for use in Strand 4. Strand 4 - Our feature presentation. This is the strand that sees the work of enterprise and animation coming together, culminating in the creative process of actually making the animation, marketing, and screening it for an audience.
The course has been designed to be undertaken in the order in which the strands are presented here.
Teamwork is encouraged throughout all four strands. Students collaborate, peer-explain, seek feedback, provide feedback and reflect on their work. Practical, hands-on and problem-solving learning activities should be in evidence across all strands of the course as should opportunities for reflection on learning.
The Classroom-Based Assessment outlined below reflects the learning students undertake in this NCCA short course. Schools have the flexibility to adapt any NCCA-developed short course to suit their particular needs and school context, with the exception of the Classroom-Based Assessment, which all students taking this short course will complete. Schools may also develop their own short course(s) and related Classroom-Based Assessment. Guidelines for schools who wish to develop their own short courses are available at http://www.curriculumonline.ie/Junior-cycle/Junior-Cycle_Short-Courses.
The learning outcomes in this short course are broadly aligned with the level indicators for Level 2 of the National Framework of Qualifications.
The course has been designed for approximately 100 hours of student engagement.