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Welcome to the 2D Animation Academy


Inspired by the success of Northern Ireland's indigenous animation companies, a new 2D Animation Academy has been set up to provide up to 16 passionate and talented individuals with the skills and experience required to help prepare them for work in the burgeoning Animation Sector.

The 16 week training programme has been put together with support from the Department for Employment and Learning and Invest Northern Ireland under the Department's Assured Skills initiative, funded by Change Fund allocation, and is being developed and piloted by Belfast Metropolitan College and South West College. The course has been created with the assistance of local companies and successful candidates will have unique access to all of the latest tools and technologies utilised in the production of 2D animated content, gaining expert advice and assistance from industry professionals.

Following a 16 week intensive training course, students will complete a six week placement with leading employers in the Sector. Successful Academy participants will gain industry recognised qualifications as well as an increased potential for employment.


Applicants must be over 18. No formal qualifications are required, but the applicant must possess a high level of creative skills and be able to demonstrate a passion for animation. All applicants must also be computer literate as the course will be delivered almost exclusively in a PC environment, in keeping with standard industry practices.

During the application process applicants will be invited to submit either a YouTube or Vimeo link to a video of their animated materials for review by a panel from the local industry. Applicants will also be given the opportunity to upload a CV or portfolio of their digital work if they do not possess an animated showreel. Applicants will be judged on their overall creative talents.

Successful applicants will then be invited to complete an online aptitude test and, following this, remaining candidates will progress to a further assessment/verification event which may involve a practical demonstration of their ability.

The closing date for applications is 4pm on 4th July 2015.

Key Dates

  • 18th June – Application open date.
  • 3rd July - Application closing date.
  • 6th July – Aptitude test completion date.
  • 20th - 22nd July – Verification test and interviews.
  • 27th July – Applicants informed of results.
  • 3rd August – Training start date.

For further information please email your enquiry to

For the duration of the programme participants will be paid £150 training allowance per week. Successful applicants claiming Job Seekers Allowance can contact their local Jobs and Benefits Office to have a "Better Off" calculation carried out before proceeding with the programme. Applications are welcome from those who meet the criteria irrespective of religious belief, sexual orientation, political opinion, age, disability, race, marital status, gender, whether or not they have dependents and women returning to work.

Mindmill Psychometrics

What are psychometrics?

Psychometrics are assessments which measure individual differences in many areas including personality, motivation, aptitude and abilities.

Why are psychometrics used?

​Psychometric assessments are a common part of the selection process and enable organisations to better understand candidates and determine if they have the skills for the job.

How can I ensure I obtain the best results?

For best results, Mindmill recommend the assessments are completed in a test-like environment. Any possible distractions should be turned off, for example mobile phones, TV, music. Concentration is needed throughout the assessments, so if you are completing it at home or work, ensure other people are aware they should not disturb you until you are finished.

Do I get my results?

Candidates will not receive their individual results on the assessments. All candidates will be informed if they have met the criteria or failed to meet the criteria by a standardised email only.

Can I complete practice assessments?

Candidates can review the practice test booklet on this website. Candidates can look through the relevant assessments on the practice booklet to familiarise themselves with the type of questions they will be asked on the day of testing. During the actual test, candidates will also be given practice questions before each assessment to ensure they understand the questions before beginning the timed assessment.

Can individuals cheat on the assessments?

No. The Mindmill Cognitive Assessments have been developed by item generation theory which indicates new questions can appear for every test. There are no right or wrong answers in personality questionnaires. Mindmill Personality questionnaire has inbuilt warning mechanisms to determine results which may have been distorted or faked.


I have a learning difficulty, will this affect my results?

Learning difficulties can affect individuals in different ways, therefore your performance on the assessments will be dependent on your learning difficulty and the assessments which you are required to complete. You can contact Mindmill directly to discuss any concerns you may have before completing an assessment.

I am having problems logging in with my username and password.

Please note that all usernames and passwords are case-sensitive. If you are continuing to have problems logging in please contact Mindmill directly to confirm your log in details.

Do I need an internet connection to complete the assessment?

The system is designed to generate all assessment questions at the beginning of each assessment. If your internet connection drops you can continue with the assessment provided the connection is restored before the end of the assessment. If the connection is not restored, a candidate can log back into the system at a time when there is an active connection and will have an opportunity to begin the assessments from the last fully completed assessment.


Do I have to complete the assessments all at once?

For optimum performance it is advised that all assessments should be completed in one session. This should be carried out under test conditions; a quiet environment with no interruptions. However, if a situation arises where the assessments cannot be fully completed by a candidate, they can log back into the system at another time and continue from the last fully completed assessment.

What technical requirements do I need to complete the assessments?

To complete the assessments, candidates require a computer which has an internet connection and a modern web browser installed (Internet Explorer 8 or higher, Mozilla FireFox 3 or higher, Google Chrome and Opera 10 or higher or equivalent browsers).

Helpline / Contact Details

If you have any questions or queries about the assessments please contact the Helpdesk at at any time or contact the Mindmill Helpline on +44 (0)845 0755 844 between the hours of 9am and 5pm.