Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture)

Course summary for international students


2016 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No

3 years full time

Next available intake

Trimester 1 (March), Trimester 2 (July), Trimester 3 (November)

Indicative annual fee 2016$27,520 AUD
IELTS Requirement

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

Deakin course code A353
VTAC Codes1400516243 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

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

Cloud (online) studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

Course rules

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

Course structure

Core units

Level 1

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas

AMC100Animation Narratives

AMC101Motion Capture Fundamentals

AMC104Principles of Character Animation

Plus 3 Electives

Level 2

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts

AMC202Animating Motion

AMC203Effects and Motion Graphics

AMC2043D Character Animation

AMC226Character Design and Rigging for 3D

AMC228Building 3D Objects & Worlds

Plus 2 Electives

Level 3

AMC300Pre-Production & Project Pitch

AMC339Documentary Animation

AMC340Major Creative Project  (2 credit points)

Students are to select one of: 

AMC303Advanced Motion Capture


AMC327Envisioning Games & Design Worlds

Plus 3 Electives


Course map 

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 - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

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.

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

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)

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact