VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship 2016/17 – Call for Applications


Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet are currently seeking applicants for the next edition of the hugely successful graduate Traineeship Programme for Animation and VFX.

The pilot programme saw 12 graduates placed in animation and VFX studios for up to 12 months, as well as receiving targeted and intensive training in specific skills areas throughout the training period.  Off the job training included courses in Nuke, Maya, Houdini, Toon Boom Harmony, storyboarding, professional practice, and visual storytelling.  The participating studios were Brown Bag Films, JAM Media, Cartoon Saloon, Boulder Media, Windmill Lane VFX, Screen Scene VFX, Piranha Bar, Giant Animation, Treehouse Republic, Pink Kong Studios, Kavaleer and Kite Entertainment.  The majority of the trainees were retained by their host studios, with the others going on to work in other studios.

Mark Shaw, trainee with Piranha Bar said: “The traineeship programme has afforded me the chance to work with very skilled people in the industry and contribute to professional projects. I’ve learned a great deal, made contacts in the industry and built up a portfolio of work for my showreel. I feel that the traineeship has equipped me with on-the-job skills that I’ll need throughout my career.”

The 2016/17 programme will take place over an intensive 6-month period, with a short intensive period of upfront training, followed by a mixture of on-the-job and classroom based training over the following months.  Selected participants for the 2016/17 programme will once again be matched with leading animation, VFX and games studios and participate in tailored training through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland. The VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship is a full-time programme for which a training allowance/bursary will be made available to selected participants.

Start Date:      Monday 10th October 2016

End Date:        Friday 24th March 2017

Interested applicants should upload a CV/LinkedIn link and showreel/portfolio link to:


Deadline for applications:  Monday 5th September 2016.

Final Selection:  Friday 23rd September 2016.

*All applications will be evaluated and shortlisted for interview by a panel of industry experts, in consultation with Screen Training Ireland/IFB/Animation Skillnet. Please note only those who are shortlisted will be called for interview.