Tell fantastic stories and create the unexpected with 3D animation at Deakin. Discover how motion design can be used as an engaging communication platform as well as a method for transformative social change. We explore animation across a variety of platforms including film, television, advertising, web, motion capture and game design.
Explore design histories and theories and develop creative, technical and analytical skills in animation production through the exploration of animation methods such as computer graphic animation (3D CG modelling, character design and rigging, CG lighting and rendering) and motion capture techniques relevant to a career in motion design and animation. Work on industry briefs and creative projects throughout your course ensuring you develop a strong portfolio of real-world work.
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Design (3D Animation), a student must complete 24 credit points including:
- 10 common core units (11 credit points)
- 2 x level 1 3D Animation Core units
- Select 2 x level 1 3D Animation core options from a pool of 5
- 1 x level 2 3D Animation unit
- Select 2 x level 2 3D Animation core options from a pool of 3
- 6 elective units
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
2 Core Options level 1 units
2 Core Options level 2 units
Students to select 2 of:
Students to select 2 of:
Bachelor of Design (3D Animation)
2018 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
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)
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
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL.
Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.
Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Entry for non-school leavers will be based on one their performance in:
- a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
- a Diploma in any discipline OR
- successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
- other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including relevant work or life experience
All Applicants seeking admission to the Bachelor of Design (3D Animation) will be required to complete a portfolio of work presented 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
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete 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.
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
As the world changes, our courses will adapt, ensuring our graduates are future-proofed for a successful career in the creative industries. What we do know, is that our 3D animation graduates will be well-equipped multidisciplinary designers ready to work in motion design, animation, film, television, web design, motion capture performance or in augmented reality and virtual reality.
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
Develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the forms, functions, processes, languages and materials of annimation. Developing the capacity to meet client requirements in a rapidly changing industry setting.
Effectively communicate a range of conceptual, and aesthetic ideas through written, digital and oral formats for a range of audiences in scholarly and professional contexts.
Utilize theoretical knowledge and practical skills with digital technology to achieve animation outcomes.
Acquire skills in critical thinking and the analytical evaluation of design. Critically engaging a range of strategies to achieve professional industry based outcomes.
Employ creative methods to resolve real world complex problems through analysis, critical thinking, prototyping and alternative approaches.
Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skills development in animation and design
Lead, deliver and perform within a collaborative professional team to deliver industry standard outcomes
Critically engage animation’s capacity to act as an agent of change in multiple contexts. To identify and develop proposals for personal and corporate social, cultural and ethical responsibilities in a global and domestic context.
Approved by Faculty Board March 2017
How to apply
Apply through VTAC
If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.
Need more information on how to apply?
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
When applying for this course, you must submit a portfolio of work in support of your application.
Register your interest to study at Deakin
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
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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
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Faculty contact information
Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
Tel 03 9246 8100