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Directing An Animated Series: How to Prepare For It and How To Survive It, With Robert Cullen | April 2024

  • This course has closed.
Saturday, April 20th 11am to 4pmBow Street Academy, 12/13 Bow St, Smithfield, D7€60 (light lunch included)


Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet are delighted to welcome Robert Cullen to deliver this in-person course on directing an animated series.

This 1-day course will explore the tools required to move up within the animation industry into the role of director, and how to stay there.

What will this course cover?

  • The role of a director.
  • Practical advice on how to reach your goal of being a director.
  • Preparing for your first directorial role.
  • The realties of directing an animated TV series.
  • How to read a script with a director’s eye.
  • Reviewing scenes: The dos and don’ts
  • How to avoid unnecessary pit falls.
  • Top tips on getting the best results from you and your team.
  • How to manage stress and the inevitable imposter syndrome!
  • Q & A.

Learning outcomes

  • A clear understanding of the role of a director.
  • How to achieve your goal of being a director.
  • Practical tips for better results.
  • How to approach your first Director’s role with confidence.
  • An insight to the day to day running of a series production.

Participant profile

This course is for anyone in the animation industry from beginners to seasoned veterans who have ambitions to become a director.


Robert Cullen

Robert Cullen is an Emmy nominated director, writer and illustrator with over 30 years of experience in animation industry.

He founded the animation studio Boulder Media in 2000 and has worked as a Director and Animation Director on shows such as Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Danger Mouse, The Amazing World of Gumball and Transformers. He directed and co-wrote the CG feature film, My Little Pony-A New Generation for Netflix/Hasbro.

In 2021, Robert received the Murakami Award for outstanding achievement in the field of animation.

More recently, Robert has written and illustrated his first graphic novel, Fault Lines, which will be released later in the year. He continues to work in the animation industry as a freelancer.


Bow Street Academy, 12/13 Bow St, Smithfield, Dublin 7


Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet can offer this course at the subsidised rate of €60

Dates and times of the course

Saturday April 20th, 11am to 4pm. A light lunch will be provided.

For any queries, please contact

  • Enrollment has closed because the maximum number of allowed students has been reached. Please email to be added to a waiting list.

Please note that due to our funding requirements, registrations are currently only available to those resident in the Republic Of Ireland. 

CCIS will generally only accept requests for cancellation refunds up to 5 working days before the training course commences. CCIS may allow for refunds outside of this on a case-by-case basis. Any request for a refund must be made with via email to & insert the course name in the subject line.

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