Government of Ireland Academic Mobility supports Dún Laoghaire Institute to develop joint master’s programme with Canadian College

Gerry O'Sullivan

Posted: 14 June, 2018

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design + Technology (IADT) and the Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Sheridan), Canada have signed an historic transatlantic agreement that will create the first joint Master programme in Animation Education.  The programme will be accredited by IADT.  

(Above) Witnessing the signing of the agreement were Dr. Annie Doona, President IADT (right) and Dr. Angela Stukator, Associate Dean, Animation and Game Design, Sheridan College, Rob Cullen, CEO Boulder Media (left) and John Rice, CEO, Jam Media.

The development of the partnership was facilitated by support from the HEA-managed Government of Ireland Academic Mobility Programme.

Our partnership is a significant moment in the story of Animation Education in Ireland and in Canada. IADT is proud to partner with Sheridan College which has a prestigious reputation global“ commented Dr Annie Doona, President, IADT.

Rónán Ó Muirthile, Head of Film + Media, IADT added “The National Film School at IADT is delighted to sign this MOU with Sheridan College in Canada.  We can now begin the process of designing a new MA in Animation in earnest, the first of its kind in Ireland.  There are clear synergies between the two institutions and we look forward to developing an even deeper relationship to the benefit of all our students.”


Welcoming the news Dr Joseph Ryan, CEO THEA said “This international partnership comes at a great time for the technological higher education sector and we are particularly delighted to see such a specialist alliance in the animation sector.  Animation is clearly a growing industry using cutting edge new technologies and it is fitting that IADT and Sheridan have agreed such a progressive partnership.”

The animation industry has grown in global significance in recent years and was valued at US$ 254 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach US$ 270 billion by 2020. “The demand for animation, VFX and gaming has expanded with the increase in targeted broadcasting hours by cable and satellite TV, availability of low cost internet access, penetration of mobile devices along with the growing popularity of streaming video. In addition, the demand for Animation and VFX content to power immersive experiences such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality is growing exponentially.” (GlobeNewswire, May 2018).

In Ontario, the visual effects and animation industry has grown over 300% since 2011, employing more than 7,000 artists and contributing over $400 million in revenue to the province, according to the Computer Animation Studios of Ontario (April, 2018).

“This is an exciting opportunity. The staff at Sheridan College Animation Department and IADT Animation Department have engaged and developed a relationship over the last year. We are looking forward to a fulfilling partnership with IADT”, Ronni Rosenberg, Dean, Animation and Game Design

The Irish animation industry has long been a creative cornerstone of Ireland’s vibrant film industry, and has also witnessed substantial growth in the last decade. It is an integral and important component of Ireland’s digital and creative economy, employing 1,600 full-time staff. Award-winning features and shorts, animated programming for adults, apps and games are being made here by our dynamic, technically advanced—and entirely indigenous—2D and 3D studios.

Further information:

Jessica Fuller, Head of Creative Engagement
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