IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
3 years full time
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)
- Waterfront (Geelong)
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
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.
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)
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
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
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
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
Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC
Deakin International office or Deakin representative
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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.