What our Community Says


Our testimonials are more than just words; they’re heartfelt expressions of triumph and transformation. From aspiring animators to seasoned filmmakers, hear how our courses have shaped careers and ignited passions. Real experiences, genuine smiles, and inspiring journeys – our community shares their adventures with you. Get ready to be inspired, motivated, and encouraged. These testimonials aren’t just about us; they’re about you finding your path in the world of creativity. Join our family and let the success stories inspire your own.

I recently attended the Happy Producers’ Production Bootcamp that was arranged by the CMAI. It was an extremely valuable course, filled with excellent advice and practical application for aspiring producers to plan and structure their productions, and then to follow through on all the daily challenges of managing the complex process of animation. This course was of a high level of quality and I strongly recommend it for anyone who is involved in production of animation. Thanks to the CMAI for making it possible!

Mike Buckland

Head of Production Triggerfish Animation Studios

The course gave me a good introduction to the 3D animation world. I recommend it for those looking for a way to start. 

Maria Amelia

Participant from 2D to 3D animation course in Maya

I learned a lot during my time at the CMAI course. It gave me a clear roadmap for my portfolio work and skill development to help get in the industry. It also helped me network with other people in my position.

Florin Frosin

Participant from 3D Animation for TV series in Maya

We’re so happy to welcome the CMAI team to Avid Training, At Avid it is my job to ensure our training provide a professional learning experience for all participants and from what we’ve seen, this is being down in a very innovative way. We’re so happy for the opportunity to be a part of your educational journey.

Jason Plews

VP Learning Services, Avid

I’m delighted to commend Brian Gilmore and the CMAI Team for their innovative and unique approach to learning for the media and entertainment industry, we are so happy that they ended up choosing Tyrell Cloud to underpin their classrooms, we are excited to continue our partnership in transforming the future of learning.

Nick Soper

Tyrell, Cloud Architect

Nothing prepared me for working in the industry as well as CMAI did, the 4-week course was professional and thorough giving me a very strong understanding of the software in a studio-style setting. Would recommend! I’m currently working in Toon Boom as a junior at Cartoon Saloon!

Niall McNally

Participant 2D Animation transition course in Toon Boom Harmony

I think that the course has been a great way to get my foot in the door in VFX. It provided me the opportunity to learn the necessary skills required to work as a junior comp and roto artist, and to create connections which allowed me to secure work in the studio I was trained with as part of the programme. These are opportunities which I otherwise would not have had!

Dayna Crossan

Participant from Intro to Compositing 2022

I am thrilled to share my experience with Creative Media Academy Ireland’s VFX course, “Introducing to Compositing with Nuke.” Participating in this course last year has been an absolute game-changer for my career in the VFX and animation industry. After graduating during the Covid pandemic and trying to get a head start in the animation industry,  I found myself marooned with a degree and with a lack of professional experience combined with a shortage of opportunities for Juniors and trainees. I ended up working in tech for a while until I came across the announcement for the course and decided to sign up for it.

Over the span of 8 weeks, meeting twice a week, I was introduced to the world of compositing using Nuke. The comprehensive curriculum covered a wide range of topics by Donal Nolan his knowledge and extensive curriculum, from the basics to advanced techniques, allowed me to grasp a solid understanding of compositing principles, start the car, understand the navigator and slowly drive forward, painting and rotoscoping, and the workflow necessary to operate the software as well building up a great studio ethic & environment.

One of the standout features of the course was the opportunity for a two-week studio placement. This real-world experience provided me with invaluable insights into the day-to-day operations of a professional VFX studio. It was during this placement that I truly realized the practical significance of what I had learned in the course. The chance to apply my knowledge in a professional setting was an eye-opener and boosted my confidence immensely.

This course played an instrumental role in helping me secure my very first job and credits in the VFX and animation industry. It was a dream come true to see my name credited in an actual production. This accomplishment wouldn’t have been possible without the thorough training, guidance, and support I received from Creative Media Academy Ireland.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to the entire team behind the course for their dedication and commitment to helping aspiring professionals like me succeed. Their passion for the industry and willingness to share their expertise truly sets this academy apart. I highly recommend Creative Media Academy Ireland to anyone looking to jumpstart their career in the VFX and animation field. This course is not just an education; it’s a transformative experience that opens doors to exciting opportunities.

Thank you, Creative Media Academy Ireland!!!

Bruno Ferreira Silva

Participant Introduction to Compositing 2022

Why choose us?

What CMAI can offer to your studio?

CMAI can offer bespoke training for your staff to upskill in a certain area. This training will be designed and developed with your specific needs in mind. We can be flexible in how its delivered and we can use your existing pipeline and infrastructure, so the training environment is familiar to the participants.

We have successful done this with a number of Irelands biggest studios in a variety of areas and topics.

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