Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture)

Apply for a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture) and learn how you can contribute your creativity to the film industry. Find out more.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

3 years full time

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Course information

Apply for a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture) to learn clever and creative ways of manipulating and animating images. Find out more.

Learn the art of storytelling in 2D and 3D animation and motion capture with our hands-on Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture). Prepare for creative and technical positions in animation, film, television, and games design. 

This degree offers students creative, technical, and analytical skills in animation production. You explore animation methods such as time lapse, pixilation, 2D under camera stop motion (hand-drawn, cut-out, ink on glass), 3D stop motion (claymation, modelling, and object animation) and computer graphic animation. You learn motion capture techniques including motion capture direction, post-production editing and integration of motion capture in the 3D animation pipeline. 

Students who successfully complete the course can choose from a number of exciting roles. Our graduates are now working for motion capture and animation companies such as WETA, BlackMagic and Complete Post.

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Course structure

Students must complete 24 credit points comprising of:

  • 16 credit points of core units
  • 8 credit points of electives
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

16

Core units

8

Elective units

24

Total

Level 1

  • Communication in Everyday Life ACC100
  • ACC101 Creativity and Dangerous Ideas (No longer available for enrolment)

    AMC100 Introduction to Animation (No longer available for enrolment)

  • Motion Capture Fundamentals AMC101
  • AMC104 Principles of Character Animation (No longer available for enrolment)

    Plus 3 Electives

    Level 2

  • Freelancing in the Arts ACC200
  • Animating Motion AMC202
  • Effects and Motion Graphics AMC203
  • 3D Character Animation AMC204
  • Character Design and Rigging for 3D AMC226
  • Building 3D Objects & Worlds AMC228
  • Plus 2 Electives

    Level 3

  • Pre-Production & Project Pitch AMC300
  • Documentary Animation AMC339
  • Major Creative Project AMC340  (2 credit points)
  • Students are to select one of: 

    AMC303 Advanced Motion Capture (No longer available for enrolment)

    Or

  • Designing Animated Worlds AMC327
  • Plus 3 Electives

    Electives

    Students are encouraged to consider taking units from the following recommended electives:

    Note: Students to check the handbook for pre-requisite and course cohort rule details on some units below

  • Writing with the Camera ACF103
  • Design Skills ACG103
  • Web Design and Interactivity ACG206
  • Digital Photography ACI102
  • New Worlds: Intersections of Art and Science ACI303
  • ALC203 Exploring Digital Media: Contexts of Online Participation (No longer available for enrolment)

  • Artists' Books Studio ACV306
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture)
    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400516243 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    A353
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Transition to University study 

    The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 Professional Writing for Work which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units as electives in their first year.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.  Some courses may have additional entry requirements.

    Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

    Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; and presentation of a portfolio of work to a satisfactory standard.

    Download our Frequently Asked Questions document to learn more about folio submission.

    To submit your folio please go to www.deakin.edu.au/communication-creative-arts/portfolio-applications

    The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/apply

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Helpful information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Review, practice and analyse key concepts, theories and techniques relating to 2D, 3D and motion capture animation ideas, principles and practices, including still and moving images, text and sound.

     Employ specialist digital and analogue approaches to creating and working with a range of content, styles and genres appropriate to the creative arts and industry sectors.

     Link animation and motion capture creative practice, concepts and methods to a broad range of issues in contemporary culture, including recent socio-technical shifts and trends in both analogue and digital audio-visual works and ideas related to the moving image and convergent media outcomes.

     Demonstrate a range of conceptual and aesthetic practices and approaches relating to contemporary production, critique and appreciation in the animation field.

    Communication

    Effectively communicate a range of conceptual and aesthetic examples, ideas and technical knowledge in relation to the animation discipline, through a selection of written, digital and oral formats.

    Utilise creative communication strategies for a range of audiences in scholarly, informal and professional contexts.

    Digital literacy

    Employ a range of generic and specialist verbal and audio-visual digital communication techniques to apply animation knowledge and conduct independent creative research to deliver animated sequences and presentations to a diverse range of audiences within and outside the field. 

    Critical thinking

    Analyse and critically evaluate theoretical, conceptual and aesthetic approaches to animated moving images and the role of animation and motion capture practices in the context of major shifts in media technologies, affordances and screening contexts.  

    Problem solving

    Employ creativity and imagination to identify, articulate and resolve complex aesthetic, conceptual and technical problems in animation and motion capture.

    Define, explain and evaluate a wide range of animation and motion capture strategies, styles and examples including narrative and non-narrative approaches.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development as a reflective practitioner, in animation and motion capture in scholarly and professional contexts. 

    Teamwork

    Work and learn collaboratively with others in the animation field and from different disciplines and backgrounds while maintaining responsibility for one’s own learning. 

    Global citizenship

    Acknowledge and appreciate cultural and socio-economic diversity in the domestic and global context as a reflective scholar and practitioner, taking into consideration social and environmental responsibility and the application of the highest ethical standards in professional networking contexts. 

    Approved by Faculty Board October 2015

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Disclaimers:
    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Credit for prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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