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Storyboarding For Animation | Feb 2024

DatesDurationCostMax Participant Numbers
Saturday 10th Feb 10am to 12pm & every Saturday until 23rd March7 Weeks
(including 1 to 1 feedback)


Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet are delighted to welcome back 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 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 aspiring students, storyboard artists, and anyone who is interested in the animation pre-production process and/or looking for insight from a storyboard artist and director’s point of view. A good grasp of drawing skills, perspective and a basic understanding of film language is recommended. The course is best suited to beginning and intermediate levels artists.


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 any digital art package such as Storyboard Pro, Photoshop, Procreate, TV Paint, Clip Studio Paint or similar is recommended.




Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet can offer this course at the subsidised rate of €90.

Dates and times of the course

  • Saturday 10th Feb from 10am – 12pm.
  • Sat 17th Feb,
  • Sat 24th Feb
  • Sat 2nd March
  • Sat 9th March
  • Sat 16th March
  • Sat 23rd March

Due to our funding, this course is only available to those resident in the Republic Of Ireland.

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.
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