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Storyboarding For Animation | 2023

  • This course has closed.
DatesDurationCostMax Participant Numbers
Session 1 Monday 30th Oct, 7pm to 9pm
Sessions 2 to 7 all Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm – 7th Nov, 14th Nov, 21st Nov, 28th Nov, 5th Dec, 12th Dec
7 Weeks
(including 1 to 1 feedback)


Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet are delighted to welcome Aidan McAteer to deliver this online course on “Storyboarding for Animation”.

This 7-week course, will teach the fundamentals of visual storytelling and an approach to storyboarding various types of sequences, to help those interested in building a storyboard portfolio. The course will include an individual 20-minute one-to-one session with each student in Week 6.

What will this course cover?

  • Wk 1: Approach to Storyboarding – the technical stuff.
  • Wk 2: Visual Storytelling – clarity and emotion.
  • Wk 3: Boarding Action Sequences.
  • Wk 4: Boarding Comedy and Musical Sequences.
  • Wk 5: Boarding Dramatic Sequences.
  • Wk 6: 1:1 Reviews.
  • Wk 7: Portfolios & Professional Practice.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should understand the basics of visual storytelling and how to approach and storyboard a variety of sequences to present in a portfolio.

Participant profile

This course is aimed at storyboard artists, and anyone who is interested in the animation pre-production process and/or looking for insight into storyboarding as a profession. A good grasp of drawing skills and a basic understanding of film language is required, but the course is suitable for all levels of experience.


Aidan McAteer has two decades of experience in the animation industry working as an animator, storyboard artist, writer and director.  He was the storyboard supervisor on the recent Cartoon Saloon feature film “Puffin Rock and the New Friends” and has directed on the TV shows “Danger Mouse”, “Oddbods”, “Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy” and has made several award-winning short films.

Materials/equipment/software needed

Courses will be taking place online using the Zoom. Participants will need to have a good internet connection.

Familiarity with some digital art packages such as Storyboard Pro, Photoshop, Procreate or similar is recommended.




Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet can offer this course at the subsidised rate of €80.

Dates and times of the course

Starts Monday Oct 30th from 7pm to 9pm. Then sessions 2 to 7 are Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm.

  • Monday 30th Oct
  • Tuesday 7th Nov
  • Tuesday 14th Nov
  • Tuesday 21st Nov
  • Tuesday 28th Nov
  • Tuesday 5th Dec (this week will be the 1 to 1’s. You will be assigned a time for a 20min session.)
  • Tuesday 12th Dec

This course is now full. If you would like to be added to a waiting list please email

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