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The Bridge: Mentoring games and animation grads

Check out this mentorship scheme for animation and gaming graduates


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The Bridge initiative was created to bridge the skills gap between the education that graduates of Games, Animation and VFX courses receive in college and the skills that these industries demand.
The aim of The Bridge is to ensure that those that finish the scheme will fit seamlessly into a studio environment and will be able to produce commercial work at a faster pace.

Am I eligible?

  • If you are an unemployed graduate from an animation, games or VFX related course. If you earned your degree from an Irish college or university. The Bridge is available to graduates of all ages including those who have been out of work for longer than recent graduates.

What is involved?

  • Successful applicants will work in a professional environment for between 2 to 4 months.
  • Participants receive training and mentorship from industry professionals. In 2013 The Bridge programme helped create a short film called Anya for Oscar winning animation studio Brown Bag Films. Check out the film Anya
  • The Bridge offers a small bursary payment to cover out of pocket expenses. Participants can generally remain on social welfare during the programme.
  • Graduates will get the opportunity to participate in specialised training sessions to hone their craft. These are provided by recognised industry professionals through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland.

How do I apply?

  • The Bridge hopes to run at least two programmes in 2015 - one in the summer  (June/July/August) and one either before summer (Feb/March) or after the summer (Oct/Nov).
  • To register your interest in The Bridge scheme get in touch at  animationskillnet@dublinbic.ie

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Published December 4th, 2014
Last updated October 27th, 2015
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