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Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture)

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Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code077372B
Deakin course codeA353

New course commenced 2013.

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Course overview

The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture) provides creative, technical and analytical skills in all aspects and types of animation and motion capture production. All students study 2D animation, 3D animation and motion capture while developing techniques for storytelling and other creative approaches to animation. Students develop knowledge and skills across a range of methods to gain a broad understanding of moving image, graphic and animation practice for future specialisation. Students explore animation methods such as time lapse, pixilation, 2D under camera stop motion (hand drawn, cut-out, ink on glass), 3D stop motion (claymation, model and object animation), computer graphic animation (3D CG modelling, character design and rigging, CG lighting and rendering), and motion capture techniques (motion capture direction, post production and integration of motion capture in the 3D animation pipeline). Students will also develop skills in motion graphics, effects and compositing across a range of genres, and study the histories and theories that have shaped contemporary animation and motion capture practices. The degree draws upon the unique resources and infrastructure of the Deakin Motion.Lab, as well as the industry expertise of the Deakin Motion.Lab staff who provide motion capture services to Australian game development and animation companies. The course includes opportunities for internships within local creative industries and participation in international study tours to Japan and the US. The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture) prepares students for Honours and Masters coursework in the discipline, and provides pathways to further study for higher research degrees such as Masters by research and PhD. 

On completion of the degree students will have the ability to:

 

  1. implement and manage all stages of production of a professional animation project   
  2. develop production paths for creative projects across a variety of publication outcomes and contexts
  3. think and write effectively about animation principles, histories, technologies and cultures
  4. use advanced digital image production technologies   
  5. work in collaborative and team settings on various animation tasks and projects
  6. work efficiently to deadlines. 

Pathways

This course has pathways from more than 20 Institutes of TAFE and universities in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Credit transfer and recognition is normally available from TAFE and university diplomas and advanced diplomas in arts, business, management, and humanities disciplines.  Students with graded advanced diplomas from TAFE or equivalent will be eligible for up to 12 credit points of electives.  Students with graded diplomas or equivalent from TAFE or equivalent will be eligible for up to 8 credit points of electives.  There is also a pathway from Deakin University's Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences to this course with up to 16 credit points depending on units taken.

On completion of this course you may choose to apply for an Honours degree or postgraduate study. These studies normally provide professional qualifications directed to a particular career.  Students must have completed a major in the discipline or interdisciplinary area in which they wish to specialise in the honours course. Entry is based on a number of factors, including an average grade of Distinction or High Distinction in the Bachelor of Arts particularly in the discipline in which they want to study Honours and the availability of supervision.  Further honours information.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

 

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

For students commencing from 2015:

 

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture) a student must successfully complete 24 credit points including:

  • 15 credit points of core units
  • 9 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

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Course structure

For students commencing from 2015:

 

Core units:

Level 1

Trimester 1

AMC101 Introduction to Motion Capture  

AMC100 Animation Narratives  (formerly ACM132)

AMC102 3D Animation 1: Screen Space, Layout, Landscape  (formerly ACM138)

ACC100 Creative Communications Practice  

 

Trimester 2

AMC104 Principles of Character Animation  (formerly ACM133)

ACC101 Creativity, Imagination and Dangerous Ideas  

2 Electives

 

Notes:

AMC101 is available in Trimester 1, 2 and 3

AMC102 (formerly ACM138) is available in Trimester 1 and 2

 

Level 2

Trimester 1

AMC226 Character Design and Rigging for 3d  

AMC227 Content Creation for Game and Design Worlds  

AMC203 Effects, Graphics and Compositing  (formerly ACM225)

ACC200 Freelancing in the Arts  

 

Trimester 2

AMC204 3D Animation 2: Character and Performance   (formerly ACM240)

AMC202 Animating Motion  

2 Electives

 

Note: AMC227 is available in Trimester 1 and 2.

 

Level 3

Trimester 1

AMC300 Pre-Production & Project Pitch  (formerly ACM327)

AMC339 Documentary Animation  

OR

AMC303 Advanced Motion Capture  

2 Electives

 

Trimester 1

AMC340 Major Creative Project  

3 Electives

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Other Course Information

Assessment

Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, seminar exercises and tests.

 

Cross-institutional arrangements
Continuing Deakin students may apply to study units offered by another Australian tertiary institution and have them credited to their Deakin University degree. Further information is available from Arts Student Services.

 

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