Competition Overview

Due to the phenomenal success of our SkillsBuild Challenge in 2021, Exit Entry in partnership with IBM have launched a SkillsBuild Challenge for students of DEIS post primary schools in Ireland, which will take place from March 2022 until May 2022.

The SkillsBuild Challenge aims to promote learning in the Creative Arts through the use of technology. This will be achieved through the completion of selected IBM SkillsBuild Badges and activities. We want to introduce DEIS Post Primary students to this emerging industry and present them with the potential third level and career opportunities within this sector.

By completing the Basic Principles of Design badge and one other activity, students will be granted 1 entry into the competition. From the prizes up for grabs there will be a total of 255 winners from the competition (1 school tour winner can bring a class of up to 35 with them).

The IBM SkillsBuild Badges and activities can be completed through the Exit Entry App, in class or independently at home by the student.

Prize #1

Win your class a tour of Windmill Lane Recording Studios.

The iconic building and it's recording studios that have recorded artists such as Lady Gaga, Hozier, Ed Sheeran, Westlife, U2, The Cranberries & The Rolling Stones are now open for exclusive tours to the public.

5 winners will be selected for this prize.

Prize #2

A 2 day masterclass called "Music is the gateway to your Wellbeing" with Maria Butterly, an award winning singer, songwriter, and music composer.

In association with Windmill Lane and Pulse College this Songwriting course is open to all levels from beginner to advanced. Students will learn how to write, perform, and record their songs giving them a chance to explore their hidden talents and to express themselves through words and music.

5 winners will be selected for this prize.

Prize #3

3 masterclasses held by multiple industry experts via Zoom, in association with Pulse College.

Masterclass in Portfolio Preparation by Jennifer Kidd

Providing an insight to how to prepare a professional animation portfolio by Jennifer Kidd who has worked on kids tv series and feature films such as ‘Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires’ and ‘Isle of Dogs’.

Masterclass in Character Development by Gary Erskine

Learn what goes into the development of characters for animation and games under Gary Erskine, an illustrator with over thirty years’ experience working mostly for Marvel and DC Comics.

Masterclass in Animation by Ruaidhrí O’Shea and Joseph Learoyd

Lecturers Ruaidhrí O’Shea and Joseph Learoyd work in the industry as both 2D and 3D animators respectively and will share their wealth of knowledge with students.

20 winners will be selected for each masterclass.

Prize #4

1 day Film Production Masterclass taking place at the Windmill Lane campus.

Each winner will be brought to Windmill Lane Studios for day long pre-production course (narrative, storyboarding, concept art) and and learn how to tie it into a live action Film/TV Show with post-production audio.

15 winners will be selected for this prize.

How to Enter

Step 1

Download the Exit Entry app from the iOS App Store or Google Play.

Step 2

Create your account with your school email, pick your School and the current year that you are in and complete the Interests and Skills assessments.

Step 3

Once you have completed your profile, navigate to the 'Courses' section of the app where you will access the IBM SkillsBuild Badges.

Step 4

Complete the Basic Principles of Design badge, and one of the following activities; HitFilm Basics or OpenToonz Tutorial before the competition ends. Upon completion, Exit Entry will enter you into the overall competition, where you could win 1 of the 4 amazing prizes.


When is the Closing Date?

The Closing Date for the Exit Entry + IBM SkillsBuild Competition is May 3rd 2022.

I missed the deadline, can I still enter?

Entries after the closing date will not be added into the draw.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners in each of the 4 prizes will be announced by the end of May.

If I have already completed the Basic Principles of Design will I still be able to enter?

Any student that has already completed the Basic Principles of Design badge since September 1st 2021 will just need to complete one of the other activities to be entered into the draw.

I don't do Music or Art in school, can I still enter?

This competition is open to all students, all prizes are suitable for any student and they do not require you to have any background in Music or Art.

My question is not here. How can I contact Exit Entry?

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Further information

Are you a Music teacher?

Click here for more information about the competition.

Are you an Art teacher?

Click here for more information about the competition.

Wish to know more about the learning outcomes for each activity in the challenge?

Click here to view the learning outcomes.

Looking for the fine print?

You can view the competition terms and conditions here.