Ultan Courtney graduated in 2005 from the National College of Art and Design, Ireland in Visual Communications & Irish Art History, gaining a first class honour in his studio work. He has since progressed from strength to strength in the Irish design & film industry, operating in a variety of capacities from previz artist on The Tudors (Ardmore Studios), to motion graphics designer (Windmill Lane), and later as a freelance motion graphics designer before establishing his own business - Spacestation. He maintains passionate interest in film, art and storytelling.
Amongst his accomplishments to date, he was the originator and co-designer of the award-winning rebrand of Ireland’s premier entertainment station, RTÉ TWO (http://www.rte.ie/tv/ident_rtetwo.html), and has supplied motion graphics to many of Ireland’s best known television shows, including; Primetime Investigates, The Frontline, The Sunday Game, The Champions League, Podge & Rodge, Republic of Telly, Off The Rails, Four Live, The Daily Show, ELEV8 and The Savage Eye, in addition to documentaries such as Michael Colgan for RTÉ ONE and Waking The Titanic for TG4. He has designed many graphics packages from concept to completion namely; The Lucy Kennedy Show, Two Tube (series I and II), RTÉ website’s All Access and created the Intro sequence of Our Town Multimedia’s production company, California.
Other aspects of his work in RTÉ TWO is supplying graphics and colour grading to countless teasers for upcoming shows, and creating suites of animated menus for the channel and public broadcast announcements. He has worked on numerous commercials (Kitkat, Danone, Lucozade Sport) and directed commercial stings for RTÉ Media Sales on behalf of the Rugby World Cup. His corporate projects range from designing elearning products with Intuition to designing corporate rally graphics for Tektronix Communications and Jameson. He has also designed the new logo suites for the State Orchestra (the N.S.O.), The Concert Orchestra and three other performance groups.
Ultan Courtney likes to stay involved with other creative groups and regularly attends The Exchange Gallery in Dublin, and attending night courses, namely digital photography, psychology, art therapy, and paints in his spare time. On his Erasmus exchange program his design for a sculpture competition was put forward for a public art piece at Veerhaven harbour in Rotterdam. He has provided many guest talks on the subject of working in design at both secondary school and university level and has worked in the Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) in their creative curricula, The Institute of Designers in Ireland (I.D.I.), the Urban Retreat Gallery, the special olympics festival village, in addition to representing his country in National and International Youth Theatre and at Up With People’s 2008 international tour.
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*NUKE Compositing Training – Screen Training Ireland
*DREAMWEAVER Introductory Course with Big Wave Media School, Dublin
*ADOBE Product lectures on efficient workflow practice with Guy Gowan
*Experience of shooting with GREEEN SCREEN
*Introductory Level with DISCREET FLAME / FLINT interfaces
*National College of Art & Design, Dublin:
Joint Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications & History of Art & Design - First Class Honours in Studio Work
Photography, Painting, Drawing, Acting, Short Film Scriptwriting, Lecturing Experience, Car & Clean Driving Licence